31/3/06 Weekly Report

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31/3/06 Weekly Report

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Mar 31, 2006 11:14 am

Bruce at Dave’s Bait Shop says flathead are doing very well in the lower river with a few bream as well but the main focus is the heaps of whiting which are pushing up as far as Pimlico Island in good numbers and size. Bloodworms are the only bait to catch plenty, although you will get a few on beach worms or yabbies. Loads of mud crabs in North Creek and Emigrant Creek with the muddies in the main river pushing through to Wardell bridge. And they’re all big bucks!
Mixed bags are the order of the day along the beaches with whiting, dart and a few bream. Good tailor are coming from most of the headlands and some of the northern beaches up to Lennox Head.
Seas have finally abated so heading wide for snapper and pearlies could be a weekend option. A few mackerel in close but the water is still coloured in patches but improving.
A dismal week at Evans Head with big swells stopping everything apart from estuary fishing until Friday morning, when the swell disappeared. Ocean looks clear and feels around 24° with some bait schools starting to re-form. Should be worth a throw from the rocks and beaches for tailor and bream and at noon on Friday there were still a heap of offshore boats staying out in the light rain.
The river is fishing reasonably well with blackfish biting well along the walls while the sea was up. Plenty of spiky little flathead in the river but there are also some very good bream to a kilo along with GTs of the same size.

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