Weekly Report 14/2/07

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Tony Zann
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Weekly Report 14/2/07

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:07 pm

Off the beaches, catches have been reasonable at best with marginal results for some and empty bags for others. For those who persisted, some solid bream have been snared along with a few chopper tailor, whiting, the occasional school mulloway and some very late, early or lost salmon. Lighthouse and North Beach have been the pick for bream while the beaches around Laurieton have seen the better of the tailor and whiting. Stingrays and shovels remain thick during night sessions but should quieten down over the next few weeks. Red weed remains an issue, particularly around Port, although on most days you can locate a section of beach where the weed is not too bad if you are prepared to hunt about. Current rain and southerly winds should help ease the weed, although what we really need is for some westerly winds to kick in.
In the estuary, blackfish numbers and quality are improving but the shallower weed beds are now holding more fish than many of the shore-based locations we have grown accustomed to. If you are prepared to fish such areas, the fish are there to catch using traditional weed or cabbage or lightly weighted yabbies, which are proving increasingly popular for blackfish, bream, whiting and flatties. Some good flathead are on offer around Rawdon Island and the Maria, while bream numbers have been excellent, particularly well upstream. Whiting have been somewhat down, although Blackmans Point and around Big Bay are worth a look. If the current rain results in a significant amount of colour coming downstream, look for a sharp increase within the lower reaches for all species.
Off the rocks, the odd decent tailor session is beginning to occur but as yet results remain inconsistent. A few nice bream and blackfish are on offer for those willing to put in the time, with areas north around Plomer and Hat Head fishing reasonably. Encouraging blackfish reports have come from Point Perpendicular and Diamond Head with the odd drummer hell-bent on making a mockery of standard blackfish gear. Surface or game fishing has been very quiet, with few reports of LBG action from Hat Head or Point Perpendicular. Shouldn‚t be too long now before the longtail tuna show up in consistent numbers, with hopefully a more cobia and Spanish with them this year.
Outside reports have been encouraging from a pelagic perspective, with just about every desirable species on offer. Increasing numbers of small black marlin have been on the chew out wide and closer in to around 40m, while the wider grounds have also yielded better quality blues and stripes. Best results have come from north around Hat Head with slow-trolled live slimies the best. Finding consistent bait has been the hardest part of the exercise. Good numbers of wahoo are also still about while the odd cobia and Spanish mackerel has also been encountered. To date the spotties have been a little slow but waters around Grassy Head have begun to produce the odd fish. Mahi mahi are proving elusive this year, with the FAD not holding the numbers we have come to expect, and most fish scored have been free-swimming loners. Bottom bashers have been having a good time with all the regular species on offer as long the currents play fair, including numbers of samson fish not seen in quite some time.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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