Weekly Report 11/04/07

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Weekly Report 11/04/07

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Apr 11, 2007 3:22 pm

Off the beaches, the big swells and south-easterly winds endured over the weekend certainly made angling from the sand challenging. For those who persisted, there were a few reasonable catches and plenty of encouraging signs for the season ahead. Tailor continue to be the best bet with dawn and dusk sessions producing. Once the seas settle, this action should further improve with the bait schools likely to move closer and access to tailor holding water far easier. Lighthouse has proven the most consistent beach over the past few weeks although North Beach has its fair share of choppers. For daytime anglers, a few solid whiting are still hanging about, with the top end of Lighthouse fishing as well as anywhere. With the water still quite warm, I would expect the whiting to hang around for a few weeks yet. North Beach has begun to produce a few reasonable bream. Finally a few mulloway have been extracted from around Lake Cathie and Lighthouse, with the months ahead sure to produce improved results. Salmon encounters are becoming alarmingly consistent considering the water temperature.
Off the rocks, tailor remain solid with Point Plomer the pick of locations. Bream numbers are well up although the better catches have been taken during the mornings, as you would expect with the moon about. No real talk as yet of pigs but with the seas calming down after a big stir and abalone gut sales increasing considerably, you can draw your own conclusion. The longtail tuna finally have shown up in decent numbers with fish taken from Hat Head and Point Perpendicular earlier this week and over the Easter weekend. Live garfish or high-speed luring are the methods which yield more consistent results.
In the estuaries, the south-westerlies have moved the mullet down to the lower reaches in readiness for their annual trip to sea, which is on the cards pretty well any time from now on. Over the past week, bream have been reasonable despite the moon, with gut and flesh baits successful. Flathead numbers also remain excellent with the soft plastic tossers encountering good numbers of fish, and those using whitebait also doing well. Blackfish remain encouraging for so early in the season with a few nice fish from the walls on cabbage, particularly during the rougher seas. There has been a noticeable drop in the whiting action, particularly from the upstream haunts.
The big seas kept boaties at home until the middle of the week but some reasonable fish have been encountered once conditions allowed. Best results have been on the closer reefs for snapper but the odd mulloway has been showing up, particularly when a live slimey has been offered. Still a few cobia about in close, with longtail tuna also on offer.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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