Well Xmas is only days away so here we go with what happening on the water, firstly we have finally seen an improvement in offshore water temperatures at the moment its around 21 Dec along the coast good numbers of Bonito have returned with the warm water, Trag are also now starting to be caught from Catherine Hill Bay right through to Port Stephens. Snapper are a little slow but for those who are prepared to spent a bit of time burleying there have been a few up to 3 kg taken on floating baits, most of the inshore gravel patches are holding plenty of Flathead and some large Flounder.
Back in Lake Macquarie its all go with plenty of Whiting and Bream throughout the Swansea Channel and Flats areas Tube worms are the best baits by far over the sand flats however quite a few large Bream have shown a preference to Hawkesbury prawns, the December prawn run this week was only average with the first few nights being the pick , lack of rain and too many strong N/E winds have prevented a lot of prawns travelling up from the bottom of the lake.
Flathead numbers have increased with the shallow water holding a lot of fish at the moment, during the last 6 weeks Lake Macquarie has being trailed as a Trophy Flathead Fishery encouraging the release of all Dusky Flathead over 70 cm in length at the moment there have being more than 20 fish over 70 cm tagged and released to understand the growth rates of these fish if you catch one please send the tag number, GPS location and length to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the full moon in the first week of 2018 it is looking good for our Mulloway fisho’s with some solid fish up to 15 kg being caught during the past week, squid however are still hard work but there are a few patches around if you are prepared to have a real look.
On the beaches the cooler water had shut most things down but the sudden increase in water temp some xl size whiting have showed up some of these fish are around the 44cm range but be aware there are still a few big Salmon to content with which can really sort out your light gear.
Out wide it’s now or never at the moment the current hasn’t picked up yet as a result we have reasonable numbers of Striped Marlin cutting through big schools of Saury’s around the 85 fathom line, unfortunately out wider the temp has cooled out with no Blue Marlin last weekend but it won’t be long before 25dec plus water hits the area.
Merry Xmas to everyone from all the staff at Fishermans Warehouse Tackle World Marks Point, remember we will be only closed on Xmas day and reopen 5.30 am on Boxing day, we still have plenty of last minute Xmas gift ideas and or Gift Vouchers for those who have everything .