Report 10/11/15

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Report 10/11/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:41 pm

In the estuaries, the solid rainfall last week has added just a little colour to the Hastings which should see some first class angling over the coming weeks. On the mulloway front, a few school sized fish have been taken from the break walls, around Blackmans Point and further up river towards Wauchope with soft plastics, live herring and beach worms all proving successful. Most fish have been between barely legal up to around 7 kilos. Bream numbers have picked up a little with the coal wall and Limeburners both producing a few nice fish after dark, while those throwing lures further upstream report improved action. On the flattie front, numbers remain excellent with pretty well all parts of the Hastings and Maria worth a look on either lures or whitebait. For whiting enthusiasts, the back channel and Limeburners in the Hastings are improving week by week, whilst those throwing surface lures in Lake Cathie have been scoring some cracking fish, particularly upstream of the perch hole. Little to report on the blackfish front however, with only a few fish here and there in the lower reaches taken on weed, and only marginally better results on lightly weighted yabbies fished around the weed beds further up river.

On the crustacean scene, Lake Cathie has become a hive of activity after dark with a terrific showing of prawns over the past week. While we are now coming to the end of the prime period of this current dark, a good feed can be obtained most evenings. Hopefully this action will continue, or even improve next month. Just a reminder folks to play by the rules, as NSW Fisheries have quite rightly been taking a keen interest in proceedings down that way. Crabs however still remain quiet however hopefully the small fresh up river will see the muddies become a little more active in the Hastings once again.

On the beaches, some reasonable catches of bream have been reported from most locations, with Grants Beach and the southern and of Lighthouse producing the better results. Whiting numbers are also on the improve with beach worms the only bait to have. A few salmon still are hanging around to provide a bit of sport, but nowhere near the numbers seen in seasons past. Tailor remain quiet and you would not expect this change until a bit of cleaner blue water returns to our section of coastline.

Off the rocks, little to report apart from a few isolated tailor and bream from most locations, neither species containing any real quality. Still a few blackfish and drummer however, with the latter likely to keep hanging around until the water warms a few more degrees.

Offshore, at last we are beginning to see a few more days with reasonable conditions, albeit primarily during the week unfortunately. Those who have ventured out report only reasonable results on most reef species, with cool green water close in no doubt contributing to tough fishing. Wider out, the FAD is beginning to produce some nice mahi mahi, with a mixture of juvenilles and the occasional better model most days. Hopefully once the water warms a bit the dollies will fire right up as they usually do from this point onwards in the season.

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

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