Report 20/1/16

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Report 20/1/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:34 am

In the estuaries at present, whiting numbers and quality are about as good as they get. Lake Cathie remains a location of choice for both visitors and locals alike, with plenty of fish on offer albeit a little more spread now the system has begun to stabilise and progressively clean up. Live worms remain the bait of choice, however those who have taken the time to collect live prawns after dark have also seen good results. In the Hastings, the lower section of the Maria as well as Limeburners are both well worth visiting, with live yabbies achieving the better results. Flathead also remain excellent, with the stretch from Settlement Point up Rawdon Island producing consistent results on both whitebait and lures. On the bream front, the break walls are still worth a look after dark with either mullet fillets, mullet gut or yabbies your best bets. The break walls are also still producing the occasional school mulloway, although with the moon and tides terrific from late this week onwards, an early evening session could be well worth a look for a larger model. On the crustacean front, the Hastings is certainly worth a look for both blue swimmer and mud crabs, while late next week sees the commencement of another prawning dark. While there are still a few really nice prawns in the Lake Cathie system, it will be interesting to see whether sufficient numbers remain to make chasing a feed worthwhile.

On the beaches, whiting numbers have been quite good with Lighthouse producing the better results. Best bait has been live beach worms, however pipis have also accounted for some quality fish. In with the whiting, bream numbers are reasonable, with the quality a tad above what is usual for this time of year. Tailor have been around in varying numbers, with the beaches south of Port seeing the better results. With good tides from now on, an evening session could well prove rewarding on the tailor front, with chasing a mulloway around the top of the tide also worth considering. As usual, live worms will be the go for the school sized fish, with tailor fillets or heads a gun bait for the better quality models.

Off the rocks, tailor fisho’s are scoring a few nice fish although to date the bite has been brief and primarily during the morning session only. However with a full moon approaching, an evening or after dark session could be well worth the effort. Blackfish are also a viable proposition during the day, whilst those fishing the evenings are encountering a steady stream of pan sized bream and school mulloway. No real action on the land based game scene as yet, however this past week has seen a significant improvement in water temperatures close in, indicating the season is just about ready to fire.

Offshore, the pelagic season is now in full swing with plenty on offer both close in and out wide. Wider out, marlin numbers are excellent with a few nice yellowfin tuna also cruising the shelf. Mahi mahi are also in terrific numbers, with the FAD consistently producing fish to around 10 kilos. Closer in, we are beginning to hear a few isolated reports of Spanish mackerel, and with a full moon approaching, prospecting Barries Bay or close in south of Port could be worthwhile. On the bottom fishing scene, a few nice snapper have been close in off Plomer and Lighthouse beach, with both baits and lures successful. If the current begins to get a real gallop up, chasing a better than average red from the close in reefs could well prove rewarding.

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

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