Weekly Report 14/11/08

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Tony Zann
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Weekly Report 14/11/08

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:28 am

On the beaches, things are beginning to look up after what has been a disappointing period. North Beach and Lighthouse have been producing some nice whiting and a few above-average late-season bream on live worms. Tailor numbers remain disappointing, as do mulloway, although this full moon could possibly see an improvement. Salmon numbers have exploded again after going a little quiet over recent weeks. No doubt the large bait schools hugging the coast at present see them in no hurry to head south. You might as well enjoy the sport fishing factor whilst it lasts.
In the estuary, flathead are again the best bet with numbers and quality improving each week. Some nice bream have been snared around Blackmans Point and up Limeburners, while increasing numbers of whiting have been taken from around the Back Channel, Blackmans Point and Big Bay. Best baits have been live worms or yabbies, although they are becoming more and more inclined to chase surface poppers. Blackfish remain patchy although the odd good fish is on offer for those willing to put in the time.
Outside reports have been encouraging with good numbers of snapper on the bite following the large swells of a week or so ago. Plenty of fish to around4kg and the odd larger specimen have been captured with areas close in off Lake Cathie, Bonny Hills and Plommer proving best. Pearl perch and flathead are still good, with some excellent flatties to around 2kg taken in improving numbers. Surface action is still slow but we should have a new FAD deployed at some point over the next week, weather permitting. GPS co-ordinates should remain pretty well unchanged.
Off the rocks, things have been a little quiet but those chasing blackfish on cabbage still report some nice bronzies and the odd pig. Bream numbers have been reasonable, primarily after dark, and should remain so after the full moon begins to wane.
The Hastings is beginning to produce some top mud crabs, with all locations now worth prospecting. With another prawning dark just about to begin, I expect Lake Cathie to a hive of activity for the next couple of weeks. If last months results are any indication, everybody should be able to manage good feed. Be mindful of bag limits, licensing and net registration requirements, as failure to do so could lead to a very unpleasant piece of paper being kindly supplied courtesy of NSW Fisheries
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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