Weekly Report 23/03/07

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Weekly Report 23/03/07

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:24 am

Bruce at Dave’s Bait Shop says there have been a few whiting over the last week but they should slow down on the smaller tides this week. Most catches from Burns Point to Pimlico but also a few in North Creek. Bloodworms remain obligatory for best catches. Flathead have been OK with smaller ones to Wardell and above and some larger ones down the bottom end. Some small school jew above the ferry but most seem to be around Wardell and above. A pretty good run of mud crabs in Emigrant Creek and the top of North Creek. The blackfish brigade have been getting their dozen each, mainly on cabbage, with Prospect Bridge, Porpoise Wall and the ferry all working.
Tailor are still improving from the beaches and headlands with choppers on lures in the mornings and bigger fish at night on bonito fillets. Also the odd whiting and bream and patches of flathead in the gutters.
Marlin still hanging around in a little patch of off-coloured water with mackerel and the odd wahoo in there as well. Head to the wider grounds for plenty of pearl perch and some snapper with kings and amberjack on the jigs.
At Evans Head the mackerel have turned up in dribs and drabs, mainly Spaniards down south along with the odd decent cobia. Bar is good and sea damn near flat Friday morning. Mick McGillivray from Evans Head Deep Sea Charters reported at noon that there was 2 knots of top tide and nothing on the bottom, making it tough to fish if you’re not exactly on the spot. He had 25 pearlies, 25 mowies, about a dozen snapper and jigged up a samson in a brief session.
Up the beach there have been some nice tailor around Broadwater along with the odd flathead and bream, with those whiting still snuffling around from Main Beach up to the start of Airforce. Heaps of bream in the river with still the occasional whiting but the water is pretty clear and best results are after dark.
Tony Zann t.zann@fishingmonthly.com.au

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