2/6/06 Weekly Report

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2/6/06 Weekly Report

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:31 am

Rhonda at Dave’s Bait Shop says there have been some fair catches of blackfish around the Prospect Bridge approach in North Creek, along with some in the main river around the walls and working their way upstream. The farther up the river they are, the more essential it is to use green weed. Bream are around in slowly increasing numbers with the odd quality fish, particularly for those fishing the late night high tides with gut and mullet baits. There have been a few around during the day for the lure tossers but smaller fish are more likely then. The odd whiting up river but they’re tapering off now. A few jewfish turning up in the lower river, mainly at night on livies or cut herring, tailor or mullet. Tailor are going fairly well from the breakwalls and the beaches although they’re a bit patchy if the water is a little rougher. A few snapper and pearlies on the wider reefs but it’s been hard fishing them during the morning westerlies.
Spotted mackerel are still plentiful on the Middle Ground at Evans but you might have to work a bit harder for slimies for bait, with some boats chasing them up off the Broadwater coffee rock. But there are still days when they don’t care whether bait is live or dead, especially if you get a berley trail going. Most fish are around 4kg with the odd better one. Given the schools of whites, froggies, tailor and the odd pod of mullet along the beaches, it might be worth trolling a large live mullet or tailor behind the beach break for a Spaniard. These tend to be some of the biggest fish of the season. Nobody is fishing for much offshore other than the spots so bottom fish on the other reefs are a bit of an unknown proposition although the fleet is picking up the odd fair red on the mackerel grounds and I’ve heard of some nice pearlies from those who have got sick of catching spotties and headed wide. The bar has the odd break on the falling tide, water around 21°.
There’s about 1.5-2m of swell on the beaches and the low tide early and late aren’t conducive to great surf fishing but there are a few fair bream and the odd school jew up towards the Broadwater rocks and the tailor come within casting distance whenever there’s a lull between the sets.
River has plenty of shy bream in the clear water along with some fair whiting.
Tony Zann t.zann@fishingmonthly.com.au

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