Report 11/12/15

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Report 11/12/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Dec 11, 2015 3:30 pm

In the estuaries, after a somewhat average few weeks, a few nice blackfish have shown up much to relief of diehard float watchers. Those fishing the artificial weed flies have been doing particularly well. Whiting continue to improve and the indications are for an excellent season ahead. Lake Cathie, Limeburners and the back channel have all produced nice fish. On the bream front, a few reasonable fish have been taken from the north wall after dark, whilst further upstream, those throwing lures of all varieties report reasonable results. Flathead numbers remain solid with plenty of fish spread right throughout the system, including increasing numbers of larger females in the lower reaches. Still above average numbers of school mulloway pretty well right throughout the system, with the odd quite respectable model among them. Large soft plastics or live baits have both been effective.

We have also been hearing a few whispers regarding good numbers of squid again in the Hastings. How long they will hang around and whether they become as common as a couple of years ago remains to be seen. For crustacean enthusiasts, Lake Cathie has been quite poor on the prawning front compared to last month, which was not altogether unexpected after the significant influx of fresh a few weeks ago. Hopefully next moon may see a better showing. On the crabbing front, the muddies are again well and truly active in most up river locations, while a few nice blue swimmers are still to be found in the lower reaches.

Off the beaches, the recent full moon phase produced a few reasonable school mulloway from around Lake Cathie and North Beach. Live worms as is usually the case is the bait of choice for this class of fish. Day time anglers have found the going a little tougher, with a few whiting and the odd bream the best of what’s around at present. No real signs of tailor yet although the improved water colour and temperature may see a few baitfish and subsequently tailor show up in the coming weeks.

Little to reports from the rock hopping enthusiasts which is to be expected at this time of year. No doubt though a few are beginning to dust off their serious gear in anticipating of the pelagic season in the not too distant future.

Offshore reports have been encouraging, with a few fish about together with a significant improvement in water colour and temperature. Snapper numbers have been consistent with the reefs off Plomer yielding a few nice fish. Those fishing the bottom have also been scoring some terrific pearl perch together with a better than average class of nannygai from around that location. On the pelagic front, a few billfish have been raised by those heading wide of the shelf, however if the warm water stays close, the bait and predators will no doubt follow in due course. The FAD is also well worth visiting with some cracking mahi mahi hanging around together with plenty of juvenile kingfish to keep you entertained.

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

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