30/8/06 Weekly Report

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
Ph: 02 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com
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30/8/06 Weekly Report

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:34 am

On the beaches, apart form a few after-dark bream and the occasional school mulloway, salmon simply dominate proceedings with numbers over the past week as thick as we have ever seen in the post-netting era. North Beach and Lighthouse have held massive schools, at times reminiscent of the travelling masses of mullet usually seen each autumn. The average size of the fish has also increased, with fish over 3 kilos the average. While not the best on the plate, these fish make terrific sport and represent a fantastic way to introduce new anglers, in particular the younger brigade, into the world of angling. Simply look for a deeper section of the beach, a hole, gutter or the tip of a sand spit. Almost any bait or lure will work but whitebait and pilchards seem irresistible on most occasions. Tide and time are also largely irrelevant although like most species, early in the morning or late afternoon sees the action pick up noticeably. Be prepared for a decent battle as these fish go as well as any sport fish. Serious fishos could chase them on light gear – 4lb braid versus a 3kg-plus salmon is certainly a recipe for prolonged entertainment.
Off the rocks, drummer remain consistent with reasonable numbers of fish for those willing to put in the time. Most local ledges are producing with Lighthouse and Rocky yielding fish. The key is to be mobile and to berley heavily, using a little often rather than a lot infrequently. Blackfish remain solid, with some bumper specimens being snared locally and around Point Perpendicular on both cabbage and cunjevoi. Tailor numbers remain reasonable with still the odd bumper specimen about, particularly from Big Hill and surrounds. Bream after dark or early in the morning are also well worth a look.
In the estuary, flathead remain excellent, as they have pretty well all winter. Whitebait has been the pick of the baits, while those throwing soft plastics continue to achieve considerable success. Bream numbers are reasonable and there are some quality fish, particularly around Limeburners after dark. Both walls continue to fish quite well for blackfish to a kilo.
Offshore, snapper numbers and quality have been excellent, particularly from the closer reefs off Lake Cathie. Wider out, leatherjackets continue to make a pest of themselves, although not to the extent of recent months. Still a few solid yellowfin tuna out on the shelf for those keen on burning a bit of juice.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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