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Report 1/9/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:14 pm

On the beaches, school mulloway have been common as is often the case in the lead up to a full moon, however most have been marginally under the new minimum size limit of 70cm. While a minority are complaining about having to return these fish, most view it as great indication of the potential terrific mulloway action once these fish mature a little more. Also off the beaches, tailor numbers have been reasonable during evening sessions, while those fishing early mornings continue to score some nice bream. North beach has fished well for both species.

Off the rocks, drummer numbers remain reasonably consistent with some solid fish on offer for those willing to put in the time and seek ledges which are still reasonably washed out. Several ledges around Plommer are still worth a look, while those prepared to travel south to Crowdy Head have also been doing well. The key as always is to be prepared to be mobile, and of course burlying heavily. Large peeled prawns and cunjevoi have been the pick of baits. Blackfish numbers remain reasonable, with some solid fish being snared both locally, and around Point Perpendicular on both cabbage and cunjevoi. Tailor numbers also remain quite good with the odd nice greenback about, particularly from Big Hill and Crescent Head.

In the estuary, flathead remain excellent, as they have pretty well all winter with lures in particular working well. Gone are the days when flatties were considered a summer time species, with recent years, and perhaps enhanced lures and luring techniques, confirming this species as a genuine year round proposition. Bream numbers remain reasonable with best reports coming from those fishing lures during the day, however now the full moon is behind us look for improved action on baits after dark. On the blackfish front, results from the lower reaches have been mixed, although the odd nice fish is about. On the mulloway front, the break walls are still producing a few nice school sized fish after dark, with both lures and whole squid working well. On the crustacean front, by all reports mud crabs have been terrific with deploying the traps or witches hats well worth the effort. The next week or so might even see a few keen prawners check out Lake Cathie, although no doubt the water temperature will still be quite a few degrees below pleasant.

Offshore, snapper numbers remain solid however the combination of cool green water and an uphill current saw some struggle while others did quite well. That’s just fishing I suppose. Also on offer have been reasonable numbers of pearl perch from the reefs off Plommer, whilst trag rock has yielded the occasional kingfish and mulloway by those fishing livies. Still quite a few leather jackets wider out for those keen to either chase them or avoid them, depending upon what you’'re after.

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

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