Report 23/9/15

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Report 23/9/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:18 am

On the beaches, there are still a few nice bream and tailor about however not quite in the numbers seen over the past few months. Next week may see a slight increase on the tailor front given the upcoming full moon, with this expectation also extending to mulloway. Shelley’s in town and also around the front of Lake Cathie have seen whiting numbers pick up, with beach worms the bait of choice for these tasty morsels.

Off the rocks, most headlands are still holding a few tailor with dawn sessions producing the better numbers of fish. Next weeks full moon may however see a better class of fish during evening sessions. Apart from tailor, a few drummer remain active from the headlands throughout the Camden Haven area, whilst Point Plomer is still producing a few nice bream. Once the seas settle after this current blow, chasing a groper should also still be well worth the effort of collecting a few crabs for bait.

In the estuary, Mark from Castaway Estuary Charters has been putting his clients onto some great fish over the past week. School mulloway ranging from juvenile to about 80cm or so have been taking 5 inch plastics along the break walls, the canal entrances as well as the up river haunts. Some nice flathead have also been taken, however there are plenty of throw backs in among the better fish which is standard fare for this time of year. Bream remain reasonable with blade style lures effective during daylight hours, and baits the way to go after dark. Blackfish to are still worth chasing from the break walls and other locations below Settlement Point, however you will have to work a little harder as is usual coming out of winter. For the freshwater enthusiasts, bass numbers have been encouraging in both the Wilson and Hastings rivers. Diving lures and spinnerbaits have been particularly successful, however look for surface bite to pick up as the weather begins to warm over the coming weeks. On the crustacean front, plenty of mud crabs are active throughout the Hastings, with the run up tide seeing far better results than during the run out. Lake Cathie has also seen a big increase in prawn activity this month. To date, most have just been chasing a few for bait with the sizes mixed, however I expect the upcoming dark in a about a fortnight will see more than one drag net come out of winter hibernation.

Offshore, those fishing the bottom returned mixed bags of a few snapper, pearlies, the odd pigfish and just legal teraglin. Morwong and nannygai are quite prolific on the reefs in the 60 to 70 meter depth range, along with the occasional school of jackets. Those using plastics chasing snapper are still doing quite well, with fish to around 6 kilos taken from most reefs from Plomer to Cathie. Wider out, the game fisho’s have been scoring a few nice yellowfin tuna in the 30 odd kilo class, along with a few striped marlin encounters. Hopefully this is a precursor to a great pelagic season in the months ahead.

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

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