Weekly Report 21/02/07

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Weekly Report 21/02/07

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Feb 21, 2007 8:15 am

Off the beaches, the news at last is positive with the red weed beginning to dissipate and the baitfish schools beginning to move in. Fingers crossed we have seen the worst of the weed for this year. Baitfish begin the chain which leads to the predators like tailor beginning to congregate. The presence of increased numbers of tailor does not go unnoticed by the prized mulloway. Bream, too, are generally found in reasonable numbers and the waters are now at their optimum temperature for holding the season’s best whiting. From now on keen beach anglers will begin to dust off their gear, keep a close eye on bird activity, prospect for the better formations and look forward to the best part of season.
In the estuary, whilst the waters did not really dirty up, there has been a solid improvement in many species. The bit of colour coming out of Koolunbung saw some solid blackfish come on the bite around the breakwalls and the co-op, while the walls also saw some nice bream taken on the evening high tide. The combination of this colour and increased numbers of mullet within the lower reaches has also seen an increase in mulloway activity but to date the fish appear to be winning the vast majority of encounters. Upstream, lure-tossers are still having a ball with bream and flathead numbers between the Dennis Bridge and Limeburners have been solid. Reports from up the Maria indicate whiting are beginning to improve after being unusually quiet for a month or so, with some nice fish over 400g on offer. The back channel remains an excellent bet for chasing these fish closer to town. Still plenty of crabs about for those keen on wielding the traps or dillies but the better crabs have been a little quiet for the last couple of weeks.
Off the rocks, tailor numbers are improving daily with some excellent fish mixed in with the average run of choppers. Rob Atkins landed a solid greenback of 4.2kg. The night high tides have produced a few reasonable bags of bream from around Point Plomer, while those chasing drummer during the day have been rewarded with only the occasional success. No real news on the land-based game scene but there have been enough reports of cobia close offshore and from the stones to make a trip to the ledges a viable proposition.
Outside reports have been quite good, with a number of good snapper being snared during daylight from reefs off Plomer, Lake Cathie and Laurieton. Good numbers of samson fish are also about along with plenty of kings, although many are in the rat class or just under legal. Marlin numbers remain excellent, particularly in waters north, with slow trolled livies achieving better results.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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