Report 24/2/16

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Report 24/2/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:40 am

Off the beaches, red weed is now a real issue with North Beach close to unfishable on occasions and Lighthouse only marginally better. Best bet until the weed begins to dissipate locally would be to head south, as the beaches around the Camden Haven remain relatively clean at the moment. Those who have hit the sand report a few chopper tailor and odd school mulloway from South Beach at Dunbogan, whilst around Lake Cathie a few nice bream and whiting have been on offer from the cleaner sections. At the moment there are plenty of large whitebait schools along our part of the coastline, so no prizes for guessing what has been working well for both tailor, bream and school mulloway, particularly if used at sunset or after dark.

Off the rocks, apart from odd cobia and Spanish mackerel report from up north, no real signs of longtail tuna numbers as yet. However with the amount of bait in the water, it should be too long now. By bait, I mean sea garfish, bonito, small tailor, yakkas, whitebait and pilchards to name a few. By all reports, most headlands between Hat Head and Point Perpendicular are holding all of the aforementioned so it stands to reason the predators will not be far away. In the interim, a few blackfish have been on offer from around Point Perpendicular, whilst Plomer and surrounds have produced a few reasonable tailor and bream at first light.

In the estuary, red weed remains an issue with both the Hastings and Lake Cathie significantly affected. Not only is fishing difficult when the weed is about, but the fish seem to avoid it as well. Best bet is to seek cleaner water, the location of which will vary from time to time depending upon tide phases and wind direction. Those who have been out report flathead numbers remain excellent particularly upstream from Blackmans Point. Whiting also remain first class, with surface lures working very well around Limeburners and around the Perch Hole in Lake Cathie. On the crustacean front, there have been plenty of good sized and well conditioned mud crabs around the Rawdon Island area and further up river. For prawning enthusiasts, we are just entering the prime phase of the moon and no doubt Lake Cathie will receive some attention. Whether efforts produce a feed or just some entertainment should become evident over the next week or so.

On the offshore front, most of the action has centred around the close in reefs given the strong current wider out. As has been the case of late, Barries Bay has been well patronised most days, with plenty of spotted mackerel on offer along with the odd Spanish. Bycatch species include yellowfin tuna, mac tuna, longtail tuna, cobia, marlin and even sailfish which just goes to show you never know what the bay can produce when the currents are right and the baitfish there in numbers. Also close in, snapper have been consistent with the reefs south of Port fishing best. Soft plastics have been the method choice with plenty of plate sized fish on offer, together with the odd fish above 5 kilos and the occasional unstoppable.

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

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