Weekly Report 30/1/2007

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Tony Zann
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Weekly Report 30/1/2007

Post by Tony Zann » Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:15 pm

On the beaches, things are finally looking up with the weed beginning to dissipate although you still need to check on a daily basis as wind and currents can completely change the weed situation overnight. The best news off the sand has concerned bream, with some excellent fish well in excess of a kilo on offer. Best results have been achieved in the early morning or even pre dawn sessions, with both pipis and live worms proving successful. With the full moon now rapidly approaching, the morning tides should continue to be pick of time slots. Also off the beaches, a few tailor are beginning to show up although as yet there has been no real consistency. With the bulk of the whitebait schools yet to arrive, the action can only improve from here on. Whiting numbers are also beginning to pick up, and with the cold currents now hopefully gone, the best of the season is still ahead of us. This weekend also represents prime mulloway time, with either live worms or fresh tailor the best baits by far.

Off the rocks, tailor have improved significantly with Point Plommer and Diamond Head faring best, whilst Lighthouse locally is also worth a throw. A few nice bream have been on the chew during the darker hours, with tailor strips proving the bait of choice. Reports from Hat Head have been surprising on the drummer and blackfish scene, with a few cagey locals scoring particularly well for this time of year. Divers also report excellent numbers of pigs around so don’t discard chasing the brawlers during the warmer months. Little to report on the land based game scene as yet apart from the occasional cobia encounter and a few bluefin sightings. However from this month onwards is generally when it all happens so for those inclined, and if further incentive is needed, the currents are shaping up favourably with some quite narrow but warm fingers of current snaking in quite close to some of the more popular ledges. Now is the time to dust off the gear start prospecting Hat Head, Point Perpendicular and the numerous sneaky ledges in between.

In the estuary, flathead remain excellent with fish on offer from basically all points this side of where the river turns fresh. Lures, whitebait and the humble mullet strip have been well worth throwing. Pick of the other species has been whiting with terrific fish taken from the Maria, Limeburners and the back channel. A few nice bream and tarwhine have also been on offer around the break walls, along with some bumper blackfish. Best results have been achieved at night on live yabbies. Plenty of muddies and still a few good blue swimmers for those inclined to wield the traps of witches hats in search of a tasty feed.

Offshore action has been excellent with bottom bashers scoring good snapper to above 3 kilos, pearl perch and sampson fish, along with a continued excellent run on small to medium kingfish. Those drifting the sand and edges of reef continue to report the flatties are as good as ever. Pelagic action has also been reasonable with increasing numbers of small black marlin beginning to show along with a few stray mahi mahi and some excellent cobia. Lets hope the mahi mahi find the FAD soon and hang around like they historically done each season since its implementation several years ago. With nice warm currents about, this month should produce a excellent pelagic action in general, and who knows, perhaps the waters south of South West Rocks may even produce a reasonable amount of mackerel action.

Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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