Report 7/8/15

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Report 7/8/15

Post by subeditor » Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:36 pm

In the estuaries, blackfish numbers are being sighted throughout the lower reaches in terrific numbers, although the bite has been rather inconsistent. Rather than tie yourself to any particular tide phase, be prepared to be versatile and the chances are you will run into them feeding sooner or later. Bream too have proven a little inconsistent, however this should change now the full moon is well behind us. We are hearing however, that the quality of the bream from within the estuary in general is better than we have seen for some years. Elsewhere in the estuary, flathead numbers remain solid further enhancing their reputation as now being a year round proposition. Those chasing them with lures, or more specifically those throwing larger lures at either structure or the deeper sections of the Hastings, are still scoring nice school mulloway ranging from barely legal to around a metre. There have also some been some cracking whiting taken from Lake Cathie after dark, but fishing light and giving your offering a little movement has been paramount to success.

Off the rocks, reasonable numbers off drummer continue to be reported from around Plomer, however the ledges south of Port have been a little quiet. Quite often the pigs briefly go AWOL around this time of year, I guess doing what drummer do each breeding season. What often follows a few quiet weeks can be the best action of the season, so I certainly wouldn?t be packing the gear away just yet. On the tailor front, the August full moon often produces the best class of fish for the year, and this season seems no different with Point Perpendicular and the Lighthouse locally both producing some terrific greenbacks. Don?t expect a bag full of them, but the quality is there, particularly if you present baits or lures with sufficient size to rule out the average chopper, yet entice these bigger models. Also off the rocks, bream remain a reasonable option, whilst groper numbers are as good as they will get all year. Just wait till the swell backs down, deploy a crab in any deepish wash, and hang on.

Off the beaches, some terrific tailor were on offer during the recent full moon phase, with the beaches around Lake Cathie, North Haven and Diamond Head faring best. Bonito and tailor slabs fished after dark were particularly successful. A few mulloway were found but not in consistent numbers, and mainly south of Port. Locally, north beach is still producing some terrific bream, as to Lighthouse to a lesser degree.

For outside fisho?s, snapper action has been terrific with solid numbers of reds coming from pretty well all reefs. Expect this action to continue for at least another month or so, with many regarding the August to September period as the best of year. As has been the case for quite a few years now, those throwing soft plastics have been scoring the bulk of the better quality fish, however those content to fish baits either at anchor or drifting have also been doing well. Regardless of your chosen method, just remember to use the absolute minimal amount of weight you can get away with, as most of the better reds will be found well off the bottom, and often far closer to the surface than you may expect.

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

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