Weekly Report 6/12/06

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Weekly Report 6/12/06

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Dec 06, 2006 12:33 pm

In the estuaries, whiting numbers and quality have been as good as we have seen for some years with fish taken from most areas between Pelican Island and Beechwood, as well as up the Maria and Limeburners. Best baits remain live worms and yabbies, although soft plastics have also accounted for quite a few fish. Flathead remain excellent with pan-sized fish abundant around the Dennis bridge and some larger specimens taken from the South Wall during the week. Please consider releasing these big female breeders, even though regulations currently allow the keeping of one fish over 70cm, they represent the future of local flatties stocks. A few good blackfish were snared from the south wall late last week and the Maria has produced consistent if not spectacular results. Increasing numbers of mullet and garfish are in the lower estuary with small floats, small hooks and bread an excellent combination to catch a few. Bream have been a little scarce with best results achieved by lure enthusiasts or those fishing the night time tides.
Off the beaches, red weed remains the main factor in determining where to fish with most local beach fishos continuing to head south in search of cleaner water. A few chopper tailor have begun to show up although not in large numbers, while the odd salmon is still hanging around. Bream are not thick but there are some solid fish to around a kilo. A few nice whiting are also on the chew, although the dart can be pests at times. The odd school jew has been around but vermin level remains annoyingly high. Best baits would be live beach worms but don’t be afraid to try a fresh slab of tailor, particularly if a few choppers are around just on dark. While slab baits may not account for the quantity achieved on worms, the quality is usually well worth the effort.
Off the rocks, the odd tailor has shown up although with the exception of a couple of greenbacks off Diamond Head last weekend, most are chopper class. The odd bream and blackfish has been encountered.
Offshore reports have been mixed with no two days producing similar conditions or results. Water temperatures are on the rise but the current has been roaring over 3 knots on occasions, rendering bottom fishing difficult. This explains why several fishos have been unable to locate the FAD of late, with the headgear likely to be several metres down. Chasing a few mahi mahi should be well worth doing by now. With the water warming and the growth increasing, it is only a matter of time until these terrific fighting and tasting fish are here in numbers.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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