Report 27/1/16

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Report 27/1/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:00 pm

Off the beaches, tailor numbers have improved which is pleasing to see. By all reports, there are plenty of baitfish hugging the shoreline and the tailor and occasional salmon are following them. Hopefully this activity will not go unnoticed by the better quality mulloway and a similar improvement in their numbers also eventuates. At present, best reports have come from Lighthouse and Dunbogan, but any stretch of sand should be worth prospecting as these bait schools make their way along the coastline. Apart from the tailor, some reasonable whiting and the occasional nice bream have been on offer during the day, with live worms and pipis the baits of choice. Both North beach and Lighthouse have been worth visiting.

In the estuary, flathead remain excellent pretty well right throughout the system. Best bait at present is once again whitebait, although live yabbies have also proven effective. Lures of all types too are being readily accepted. Also in the river are terrific numbers of whiting, with either worms, yabbies or surface lures working well. Best reports in the Hastings continue to come from the Maria and Limeburners. Lake Cathie is still worth a look however by all reports the action has slowed somewhat which comes as no surprise given the vast quantities of whiting removed over recent weeks. Speaking of the lake, we have just entered another prawning dark, the first since the system was opened. Whether sufficient quantities of prawns remain to make chasing a feed worthwhile should become evident over the coming week. Elsewhere in the estuaries, the recent full moon phase saw a few school mulloway taken from around the break walls although not in significant numbers. Up river, bream numbers have been solid with surface lures working a treat. Those prospecting the very upper reaches are also scoring some cracking bass in the same locations as the bream.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers have been reasonable which is about all you can ask for at this time of year. Blackfish however are well worth chasing by floating a bit of cabbage, with this method also likely to attract the attention of the occasional drummer. For land based game enthusiasts, no solid reports of late, however with the waters warming and baitfish numbers improving, it is only a matter of time.

Offshore, while we are yet to see consistently warm water in close, the odd Spanish mackerel has been encountered both in Barries Bay and close in off Lighthouse beach. This is encouraging for so early in the season with the next month or two shaping up well. Wider out, the current has been a little fickle, running hard from the north one day with nice warm water, yet uphill on others with an unattractive cooler green look. As such, results have been up and down on but on the whole, the FAD is still certainly worth a visit for some better than average mahi mahi. Also on the pelagic front, marlin numbers remain excellent, with some nice blacks in close for those not able to head out to the shelf. On the bottom fishing front, snapper remain consistent for this time of year, whilst some cracking pearl perch remain on offer on the deeper reefs when the current allows reasonable access.

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

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