27/9/06 Weekly Report

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
Ph: 02 6583 8318
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27/9/06 Weekly Report

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:26 pm

In the estuary, blackfish have picked up again after slowing somewhat over recent weeks. The South Wall and the Coal Wall have been the pick of locations. Bream numbers are down a little but reasonable catches have been taken with soft plastics and bait. Flathead numbers continue to improve with pretty well all areas downstream of the Dennis Bridge producing. Lake Cathie is also holding stacks of lizards in the lower reaches despite remaining closed and being quite tannin-stained. The lower reaches of the Hastings have also begun to produce a few better quality whiting, although there are plenty of throwbacks. Plenty of well-conditioned muddies are also on offer and a few scattered reports of blue swimmers.
On the beaches, little to report as you would expect with conditions poor at best. Red weed has inundated North Beach and the beaches around Port, while the beaches to the south were close to unfishable with a northerly swell running at 45° to the coastline. The southerly change earlier this week has been most welcome and should see conditions improve dramatically for this weekend. For those keen for a throw from the sand, bream numbers have been well up for this time of year with North Beach, Lighthouse and the beaches around Laurieton producing some excellent bags of well-conditioned fish. A few whiting are also beginning to show up, while salmon remain either a pest or viable option, whichever view you take. Mulloway have been quiet but should improve when conditions become more settled.
On the rocks, sea conditions have dictated which ledges are viable. Those who have braved conditions report drummer numbers remain steady with Point Plomer, Point Perpendicular and Diamond Head continuing to yield fish. With many of the fish yet to spawn, you should be able to confidently chase a feed of pigs for a few more weeks yet. Also off the stones, a few big tailor remain for those keen to rise well before 5am or fish the evenings. The darker hours have yielded a few bream for those willing to put in the time. Plenty of good bronzies in the washes around Shelly for those wishing to float a bit of cabbage.
Offshore, little to report, as you would expect with access opportunities minimal. NSW Fisheries has redeployed a fish aggregation device (FAD) in the same area as in recent years. GPS co-ordinates are S 31° 24.567’ E 152° 04.725’. Please observe FAD regulations by Not tying up under any circumstances, and endeavour to provide feedback to Fisheries on the forms available at tackle shops or the NSW Fisheries office.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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