Report 2/3/16

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Report 2/3/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:29 pm

In the estuaries, some cracking whiting have been on offer with fish well in excess of 500 grams taken from several locations in the Hastings as well as Lake Cathie. Worms and yabbies have been the baits of choice, although surface lures, whether they be poppers or stick baits have also been working a treat. Along with the whiting, flathead numbers remain reasonable, with Limeburners and around Pelican Island well worth a look. As in recent weeks, look for where the red weed isn’t for the better results. On the bream front, the coal wall and Limeburners have both been productive during evening sessions, with some solid tarwhine to around a kilo travelling with the bream. We have also had several reports of large blackfish schools entering the Hastings over recent weeks, and rumours of the same in Lake Cathie. Good signs with blackfish season fast approaching.

On the beaches, conditions have been challenging with last weekends big swells flattening many formations, while red weed remains in vast quantities along parts of the coastline. On the positive side however, those who have found a bit of fishable water report tailor and school mulloway are both on offer evenings and after dark, with Grants Beach and South beach at Dunbogan both worth investigating. Closer to home, Lighthouse has produced a couple of nice bream and whiting, as has the very southern end of North Beach. By all reports the weed is particularly thick up towards Queens Head, so here’s hoping it doesn’t move further south.

Off the rocks, we have heard a few rumours on the longtail tuna front, albeit tightly guarded. By all reports there is plenty of bait hanging around, so the season should only improve over the coming weeks. If the land based game is your scene, a trip to the ledges north could also be worth a look for either a spanish mackerel or cobia. For those content to chase bread and butter species, tailor remain quite good for this time of year, while there are some nice bream on offer after dark. We have also heard a few rumours of some drummer being about despite the warm water, so sending a piece of cunjevoi into the wash may not be as silly as it sounds at this time of year.

On the offshore scene, the big swells last weekend saw most staying ashore, however the seas have settled this week and the forecast for this weekend is most encouraging. As such, I expect plenty will venture out with Barries Bay still high on many peoples agenda. By all reports, mackerel and cobia are still present in good numbers, but so to are sharks. I would suggest getting your fish in the boat as quickly as possible would be a prudent exercise. If chasing pelagics is not your scene, try fishing the close in reefs south of the Lighthouse, as there have been some terrific snapper close in, and the current is generally not an issue. Either anchoring and burlying, or drifting throwing soft plastics, are generally the more productive approaches on these shallower reefs.

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

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