Report 10/2/16

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Report 10/2/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:42 am

In the estuary, red weed has begun to become a bit of an issue, with reasonable amounts now well upstream of Settlement Point. Hopefully it will begin to dissipate in the short term and not develop into a major issue as seen in past years. Despite the weed, fishing still remains excellent with plenty of options available. Flathead remain common from most locations with Limeburners and around Blackmans Point both fishing well. Limeburners has also produced some cracking whiting, with a few fish well over 500 grams taken over the past week. For those wishing to chase a feed of whiting land based, the back channel is certainly worth a look, as to of course, pretty well the entire Lake Cathie system. Good news to for blackfish enthusiasts, with the break walls and lower reaches seeing a few nice fish taken on both cabbage and artificial weed. Also on offer have been a few nice bream from the break walls after dark, along with a sprinkling of legal school mulloway and more just under the current minimum legal length of 70cm. Mud crabs remain most active up river for those inclined to set either traps or witches hats.

Off the beaches, Lighthouse had been yielding a reasonable run of tailor, predominately from the Lake Cathie end. Whilst most fish have been just in the chopper class, the odd better fish has been around after dark. Whitebait has been working particularly well. For day time anglers, a few nice bream and whiting remain active on both North beach and Lighthouse, with pipis and worms the baits of choice. Those fishing after dark continue to score a few school mulloway, with the better reports of late coming from the beaches throughout the Camden Haven area. Red weed, while annoying in places, remains at a tolerable level overall.

Off the rocks, reasonable numbers of bream have been taken, with both Point Plommer and Lighthouse fishing quite well during the recent larger seas. Pick of the baits have been either mullet or tailor strips. Tailor numbers remain consistent, with Point Plomer and surrounds continuing to produce the better results locally. A few bonito are also about for those seeking either a bit of sport or great bait. On the land based game front, no news of any significance although with plenty of bait around, it remains only a matter of time. Best bet if you are into this scene, would be to get out and do some prospecting yourself, rather than hear about others successes weeks after the event.

Offshore, the big news of course is our artificial reef system which, barring technical difficulties, was scheduled for deployment earlier in the week. This is another great win for the local area, with the structure sure to receive a lot of attention from the offshore brigade over the coming months and years. It will of course take a little time for its own ecosystem to become established, but within months it should begin to develop a bit of growth, start harbouring baitfish and subsequently attracting a variety of predatory species anglers love to target. The challenge for anglers will be learning how to successfully fish the reef, as the individual modules while perfectly designed to harbour fish, also look perfectly designed to claim terminal tackle as well as anchors. We will pass on GPS coordinates hopefully next week.

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

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