Weekly Report 4/04/07

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
Ph: 02 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Weekly Report 4/04/07

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:36 pm

The weed is beginning to clear and tailor dominate catches on most beaches. Lures, pillies and whitebait have been equally successful with dawn and dusk producing the best catches. A few mulloway have also begun to show up. Also off the beaches, bream numbers are on the improve with North Beach and Lighthouse having a few nice fish to a kilo. The northern end of Lighthouse has also seen a significant improvement in whiting action with morning sessions proving successful. Salmon reports are constant, indicating this species is pretty well a year-round proposition now and the infestation due in a couple of months may be worse that recent seasons. The theory that this species is now dominating the surf to the extent they need urgent commercial harvesting is gaining increasing support, even by those who generally oppose most forms of commercial netting.
Off the rocks, tailor and bonito are common, with Point Plomer and surrounds producing some better quality fish. A few reports of drummer have begun to filter in, while blackfish numbers remain solid with several quality bags taken. Bream numbers have been solid despite the full moon with Racecourse, among other ledges, giving up some nice fish. Land-based game results remain below expectations with only a few scattered longtails and cobia encountered. The water remains warm, there are plenty of bait schools hanging around and there have certainly been enough sightings of longtail schools to encourage the keen sport fishos to continue on.
In the estuary, a few good bream have begun to show up, particularly in the lower reaches at dawn or dusk. Limeburners and the Coal Wall have both produced well. Flathead numbers remain reasonable, as are blackfish, while garfish and mullet schools are abundant. For those keen on tangling with a decent mulloway, live mullet, break walls and change of tide are the three main points you should follow for the next month or so.
Offshore reports have been quite good, with the seas at last beginning to flatten after the southerlies of last week. Bottom-bouncers report good numbers of snapper from the closer reefs, along with the usual assorted reef species. The best action remains in Barries Bay, with cobia to around 25 kilos in terrific numbers along with mack tuna to around 10 kilos. With the water still quite warm and plenty of bait still about, don’t be surprised if there is a brief showing of Spanish mackerel.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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