Weekly Report 3/1/07

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Tony Zann
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Weekly Report 3/1/07

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:20 am

Buzz around the angling fraternity focuses on the Golden Lure and the game fishing news is good with improving action over the past week. Off Port Macquarie there have been several marlin encounters, both striped and blue, while waters just to the north are holding increasing numbers of small blacks. Some big mahi mahi are also around, although the vast majority of fish have been loners travelling in open waters, along current lines or following bait sources. The places normally associated with mahi mahi such as the NSW Fisheries FAD, trap markers or any floating object have yet to fire or hold any real numbers of fish, primarily due to the lack of any consistently warm currents. There is some lovely 24° to 26° water in patches swirling off the coast. If conditions are conducive to bringing these warm currents in close, the action should improve markedly, particularly for the boats which can venturing wide of the shelf.
Bottom bashers have been scoring some great feeds with plenty of snapper to 5kg on the reefs off Lake Cathie and Plomer. Live slimy mackerel have accounted for the better fish but squid, pilchards and soft plastics have also done well. Morwong and pearl perch numbers are excellent, while quite a few trag were extracted from the pinnacles north and south on the moon. For those keen on chasing a few flatties, the quality of fish is excellent with the drifts out around 55m producing great boxes of fish to 65cm.
Off the beaches, red weed remains a nuisance although at least you can find clean water if you are prepared to hunt around. The northern section of Lighthouse is clean one day, yet the following day or even the next tide can see the southern section weed-free. The golden rule applies: fish where the weed isn’t and you will generally find fish. The top end of Lighthouse and North Beach have produced good bream on pipis and live worms on high tide, and there is also a good showing of whiting. A few chopper tailor have arrived although there is the odd better specimen about, with Rod Taylor landing a couple of solid fish to 2.6kg near the corner of the North Wall one evening recently. Conditions are ideal for those keen on chasing a mulloway with good tides and a full moon now with us. Live beach worms or fresh tailor will be the premier morsels of choice but make sure you have an ample supply as the undesirables have a never-ending appetite.
Off the rocks, drummer have been the flavour of the month, something we don't usually associate with January. Hat Head and Plomer have been producing reasonable numbers of quality pigs, while Point Perpendicular and Diamond Head have also been well worth visiting. Tailor numbers are reasonable but the quality is not great. Blackfish are a good proposition with Lighthouse and Point Perpendicular producing a few reasonable bags, while a few good bream have been taken at night. Once the full moon passes, chasing a bream just after sundown could be well worth the effort. A few better than average mulloway are on offer from Plomer and Hungry Head, with fresh tailor the bait of choice.
In the estuary there has been action aplenty with just about every available piece of foreshore occupied by locals or visitors. Star attractions have been flathead and whiting. Flathead numbers have been excellent with fish from around Settlement Point and Blackmans Point with better results upstream of the Dennis bridge. Blackmans has also been the pick of locations for whiting but those with boats who venture further up the Maria have reported a better class of fish. The Back Chanel has also produced a consistent number of better than average whiting. Off the breakwalls there has been the odd bream and blackfish. Some big flatties are still lurking around the walls but at least a few people now possess the foresight to return these big females unharmed. Sand mullet and plenty of garfish are responding to light line, No 10 or 12 hooks, any type of float and a bit of bread.
Crab numbers remain excellent with the upper reaches of the Hastings providing plenty of solid muddies. East of the Dennis bridge is home to some nice blue swimmers.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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