28/4/06 Weekly Report

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28/4/06 Weekly Report

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Apr 28, 2006 10:09 am

Bruce at Dave’s Bait Shop says there are still a good few flathead in the lower river with best catches from along the Porpoise Wall and around Pimlico. Good whiting still up around Pimlico as well but you’ll need bloodworms there for best catches. Bream off the South Wall and a lot of smaller ones and the odd good one in the river up to around the ferry. The odd jew has been coming off the walls with better catches at night on live bait.
If you can get a nice beach gutter away from the swell, like at Lighthouse or Shelly beaches or Flat Rock, you’ll catch a few nice tailor and some bream.
The wind and swell has made offshore fishing out of the question but a few mackerel have been seen jumping off Lennox Point.
At Evans Head the swell dropped enough overnight (Thurs night) to allow a few boats offshore but the southerly was back by 8am and they were copping a bit of a hammering. Pity, because the water looks clean and is reasonably warm.
Beaches have been levelled by seeming weeks of swell and southerlies and the rocks haven’t been safe enough to recommend.
The river has been fishing fairly well for blackfish around the walls and for good numbers of quality bream, with the best catches at night on mullet, yellowtail or trawl whiting strips. About the biggest news around town is the numbers of large whiting in the Richmond around Woodburn, where it has been common to catch your limit of whiting between 35cm and 40cm. They haven’t been choosy, either, with prawns, squid, yabbies and pipis appearing to work every bit as well as the usually more effective worms.
Tony Zann t.zann@fishingmonthly.com.au

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