5/5/06 Weekly Report

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5/5/06 Weekly Report

Post by Tony Zann » Fri May 05, 2006 2:48 pm

Bruce at Dave’s Bait Shop says there have still been some good hauls of whiting, from the lower river right up to Woodburn. The further upstream you get, the less the fish want worms and the more partial they are to yabbies and prawns. There’s still the odd decent flattie in the lower river and the bream and blackfish have started. Bream are a little small so far and blackfish weed is hard to come by but catches and size of both species will improve over coming weeks. A school of mullet ran to sea earlier in the4 week and we should see the run continue when the next westerly change arrives.
On the beaches tailor have been quite good but they’re a little patchy at times. The top of Seven Mile Beach has been as good as anywhere, as have most of the headlands. Better quality bream have been taken on the beaches and off the rocks, too.
Offshore, the wider grounds have snapper and pearl perch and very little current, so there should be plenty of action out there this weekend. The mackerel remain very patchy at best.
At Evans Head there have been some good catches of jewfish offshore, especially in the evenings, although there are also trag and snapper as well. Bar is excellent at all tides and current minimal. A few Spanish mackerel also poking about but no word on spotties.
The rocks and beaches have been fishing well for tailor from choppers up to 5kg, with bream and a few nice jewfish as well. Schools of white pillies passing through for the tailor. Not much in the way of a mullet run as yet but it won’t be long now.
Still some good bream in the river to the Iron Gates and beyond with the odd quality whiting still about. The Woodburn whiting are still going strong, although the pros have finally started giving them a hammering.
Tony Zann t.zann@fishingmonthly.com.au

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