Sadly the last couple of weeks has been cool temps, big seas , wind and heavy rain. There has been the odd day here & there although reports are patchy to none. It appears this weekend the N winds have set in for Saturday at least.
Blackfish & bream are still being taken from the main Breakwall as well as the odd flathead from Jimmies and Bagnells Beachs. Big Garfish hanging around the Anchorage wall. Hopefully with improved conditions next week I’ll have greater detail for you approaching the first weekend of September school holidays. Come-on summer!
Spring has hit with a bang with some great weekday weather this week, but someone has clearly upset the old Zeus as he appears to be punishing us on weekends for some reason – perhaps he has to work!
Sadly, strong Westerly winds are predicated from late Friday afternoon into Saturday with temperatures dropping. Once the wind stops this will be followed by angry ground swell early next week. Let’s hope we get rid of these rubbish weekends as the school holidays are kicking-off at the end of this month and daylight saving starting on 7th October, more sun, more fun!
With the warmer weather this week I received a number of reports of flathead, we had a great year last year with the lizards so fingers crossed we can do it again. Wayne nailing a 75cm one off Little Beach small wharf, she was released to fight another day. This is Wayne’s first fish on a soft plastic, he’s trying the Samaki Vibelicious 70mm, it’s pre-rigged & ready to go. Deadly on flathead & bream, super easy to use, check-out below click;
Good news for the boatie’s the council has cleared tonnes of sand from Little Beach Boat ramp this week.
Alanna visiting from Lithgow holidaying with your dad on fathers had a great few days in the Bay getting some nice sand and thumper whiting, only small fish although once filleted make for top-class table fish. I have also had reports of sand whiting from Roy Wood as they work the flats for nippers. The sand whiting is super aggressive and in 6-10 feet of water will wack a surface lure, Bassday Sugapens are the most sort-after for this type of fishing. Check out this click on how they work;
Robert fishing with Dennis the Menace fishing the top-end of Nelson Bay Beach South of Fly Point had a great session on the bream during the week with the guys both getting their bag limits of fish in good condition up to 36cm all on salted pillies. Also, worth a crack for flathead in the same spot. Robo reports taylor on metals from the Long Wall at the Anchorage.
Reports from this week were the blackfish are still on the chew, although the fish are still sensitive there were some solid fish taken this week to 44cm mostly on cabbage baits. Weed flies still took some fish.
The fish will be near spawning and will become harder to catch during the next month so I would strongly recommend; go to 6lb leader or lighter, lighter float & with bait less is more. Berley, berley, berley! Try adding a little finely cut-up aniseed to your berley mix or oil. I think making these small adjustments will increase your catch rate. Work the change of tides, berley is making the difference. Make sure you have a long net. Also try small wharf at Little Beach and the Long wall off the Anchorage.
For those interested check out;
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This may help increase your catch rate.
Frank reports bream from the Breakwall on prawn and fish bait enough to get a feed. Best method 00 running ball sinker onto a 1/0 Mustad Penetrator hook and let the fish take the bait and swim away before striking. Use the bait runner feature on your reel or if not then perhaps consider opening the bail arm to let line peel off freely. Fish at the end of the wall. If fishing night and early morning then berley with chicken pellets or similar for best results.
Reports from the main break wall again this week with King’s harassing schools of Garfish. Live baits, whole squid, stick baits are the go. Although, the kings aren’t big 65-75cm fun on light gear. For those wanting to try a stick bait or understand how they swim check this clip from Patrick Sebile;