Report 4/1/16

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Report 4/1/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:16 am

On the beaches, some terrific bream well over a kilo have been taken from both Lighthouse and North beach, with the average size more in line with what we expect in winter. Certainly no one is complaining about this at all. Along with the bream, some nice whiting have been caught on both worms and pipis, while a few school mulloway remain active after dark. A few reasonable tailor are also about, which is no surprise given the amount of bait fish around at present.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers are reasonable with Point Plomer and Diamond Head faring best, whilst Lighthouse locally is also worth a throw. A few nice bream have been on the chew during early mornings, with tailor strips proving the bait of choice. Little to report on the land based game scene as yet however from this month onwards is generally when it all happens, and if further incentive is needed the currents are shaping up favourably and bait schools are becoming more common each day.

In the estuaries, flathead remain excellent with fish on offer from basically all points this side of where the river turns fresh. Lures, whitebait and the humble mullet strip have been well worth throwing. Pick of the other species has been whiting with terrific fish taken from Blackmans Point, Limeburners and of course Lake Cathie. A few nice bream and tarwhine have also been on offer around the break walls, along with the occasional blackfish. Best results have been achieved at night on live yabbies. On the crustacean front, by all reports mud crabs have been most active with the upper sections of both the Hastings and Limeburners well worth a look. The flats and weed beds downstream of Blackmans Point have also held a few very nice blue swimmers. On the prawning front, Lake Cathie is still worth a look with some quality prawns still in the system. The one big bonus of the system being open is it opens the door for some great fun simply scooping. All you need is a scoop net, a good torch or underwater light, and of course, a run out tide after dark. Anywhere downstream of the perch hole is worth a look, with the water clarity generally better closer to the entrance. You can still of course still use the larger drag nets, but just be mindful of adhering to the NSW Fisheries regulations, when can be challenging in the current.

Offshore, courtesy of a very warm current steaming the coast at present, mackeral fever has once again gripped the mid north coast with some terrific action enjoyed for so early in the season. Barries Bay as usual has been very well patronised, with plenty of school sized spotties, as well as some cracking spanish approaching 30 kilos. Live baits, whether slow trolled or fished at anchor have been achieving the better results. If joining the flotilla of traffic in the bay is not your scene, the close in reefs of both Port, Lighthouse and Lake Cathie are also well worth a look. Apart from the mackerel, the FAD is still worth a look for mahi mahi, while the closer reefs often fish very well for snapper when the current prohibits fishing the wider grounds.

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

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