20/9/06 Weekly Report

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20/9/06 Weekly Report

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Sep 20, 2006 2:31 pm

Bruce at Dave’s Bait Shop says the lower Richmond is clearing well on the rising tide after the fresh and there have been some great bream to 1.4kg caught. There are also good whiting, flathead and still a few blackfish on the edge of the dirty water. Not a lot of action up-river but mud crabs have pushed down to the lower reaches of Emigrant and in the main river around and above the ferry. A few flatties along the beach with some whiting but the main go has been the tailor to 2kg early evenings and some salmon in the mornings.
Offshore, the lads have been doing well on snapper and pearlies out wide with a few snapper on the closer reefs. The kings and samson have been nailing jigs out wide.
At last some decent weather at Evans Head and sometimes the fish have co-operated. There are some good holes and gutters formed up on Airforce Beach but the water inshore is quite murky and what baitfish there are around are a couple of hundred metres out, meaning the salmon and what tailor are left around the place haven’t come in too close. The better results have come on the evening high tide, which has been way higher than the morning one. North-easters have been a feature, meaning you might have to wait until well after sunset for it to subside some evenings. There’ve been some decent bream, improving numbers of whiting and some fair school jew up around the Broadwater rocks. I haven’t spoken to too many rock fishers of late but the schoolies should be hanging around there, too.
The river has improving numbers of flathead and some fair whiting. Offshore has been a bit of a lottery on the inshore reefs with the occasional nice hit on snapper and jewfish, but the wider reefs have been most productive. Mick McGillivray’s charter boat Pirate has been scoring nice reds and plenty of pearl perch with some decent kings and samson over the lumpy bits. Bar has been pretty good most days.
Tony Zann t.zann@fishingmonthly.com.au

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