Report 22/7/15

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Report 22/7/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:15 am

On the beaches at present, some terrific action is again accessible now the swell has backed down. Locally, both North Beach and Lighthouse have been producing bream to around a kilo together with some nice tailor and the odd mulloway. Good to see a few better sized mulloway turning up, which should pique the interest of mulloway enthusiasts during the lead up to full moon next week. Best results on the mulloway continue to come from beaches around Diamond Head, however North Beach saw a couple of nice fish to 16 kilos taken over the past week. The southern end of Lighthouse and in front of Lake Cathie also should not be overlooked on this moon phase. Tailor and whole squid have both been productive on fish above the general school size.

In the estuary, blackfish remain consistent, with the break walls in particular fishing well on most days. For those not comfortable fishing the walls, the Lady Nelson wharf, Fisherman’s Co-op wharf and around the Marine Rescue shed have all produced fish in varying degrees. Flathead numbers remain excellent, with Blackmans Point and the flats around Pelican Island both worth a go on either whitebait or lures. For those throwing lures, particularly larger soft plastics, school mulloway numbers remain consistent. With the fish spread pretty well from Wauchope down to the break walls, best bet is to target the deeper parts of the system, particularly those with a degree of structure, whether that be a drop off, break wall, bridge pylon or similar. If you have a sounder, also keep an eye out for baitfish in these locations. If you find where the bait is holding, you can bet this will not be unnoticed by the predatory mulloway. On the crabbing front, it looks very much like a repeat of last season with muddies being active pretty well all through winter. Despite rumours to the contrary, the majority of crabs have been in excellent condition which is what we want to see.

Of the rocks, a few of the more sanded-up gutters have washed out again to some degree, leading to some solid drummer sessions once again. Point Plomer and Point Perpendicular have both been productive on pigs to around 3 kilos, whilst locally around the Lighthouse has been worth a look. On the tailor front, the odd better than average fish is about, with Shelley’s and Lighthouse both fishing well at first light. There are plenty of blackfish around too for those keen to toss a bit of cabbage, with Miners and Shelley’s as consistent as anywhere. On the bream front, most headlands are still holding nice fish to around a kilo, with mullet and tailor strips both working well.

Offshore results over the past week have been limited, with the seas only settling sufficiently for most vessels earlier this week. Those who have been able to sneak out report snapper numbers and quality remain terrific, with the reefs in front of Port fishing as well as anywhere. Soft plastics, or anchoring and berleying have yielded the better results. There have also been some terrific pearl perch off Plomer in depths varying from around 50 out to 80 meters, with these fish always welcome on board. No big reports of jackets but I suspect those heading wide will bump into a few hordes over the coming weeks.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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