Report 27/11/15

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Report 27/11/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Nov 27, 2015 4:02 pm

In the estuary, there is still a reasonable amount of colour in the Hastings courtesy of recent rainfall, however clarity is beginning to return slowly but surely. As is often the case, angling action following a fresh can be terrific, and we are already beginning to see some significant improvement. Mulloway numbers have been excellent with the Dennis Bridge getting plenty of attention over recent times. Lures, live baits and whole squid have all been effective, with some quality fish well over a metre on offer. Flathead also remain excellent, with the better results of late coming from around Settlement Point on either whitebait or lures. Bream too have improved as is often the case during a fresh, with the Coal Wall seeing some nice fish taken particularly after dark. On the whiting front, the back channel has held some nice fish, with some of the better models being taken when the water is dirtiest during the last of the run out which is a little unusual.

On the crustacean front, we are again hearing positive reports of mud crabs being active, with the Hastings upstream of the Dennis bridge and the lower section of the Maria both worth a look. As for the prawn scene at Lake Cathie, we are about to enter another prime moon phase, and I guess the next week or so will tell whether the recent rainfall has had a detrimental effect on the great results seen last moon.

Off the beaches, with great tides and lunar conditions at present, chasing mulloway late afternoons and after dark should be well worth a go. If you are seeking just school sized fish, you can’t go past live beach worms for bait. If you prefer quality over quantity, fresh tailor slabs are hard to beat, alternately whole slimey mackerel or squid are both worth throwing. Apart from mulloway, a few bream have been taken during daylight sessions, whilst whiting numbers are slowly but surely improving, with the southern section of Lighthouse adjacent to Lake Cathie well worth prospecting. Live worms and pipis are both terrific options.

Off the rocks, a trickle of tailor stories continues to filter in from around Plommer, although their numbers are not great nor is their size. For night time anglers the odd bream has been on offer together with a steady supply of school mulloway. During the daylight hours, those floating a bit off cabbage report the odd blackfish from around Miners and Shelley’s, together with the occasional brief, but mostly unsuccessful drummer encounter. Still hearing whispers of cobia from up around Hat Head for those with both suitable equipment and time on their hands.

Offshore, some nice snapper have been taken on both plastics and lures, with the reefs off Plomer reportedly fishing well. Along with snapper, a few reasonable kingfish, teraglin and pearl perch have also been taken. Wider out, the water is warming nicely for the game fisho’s, with both marlin and mahi mahi numbers encouraging for this time of year.

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

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