Weekly Report 8/08/07

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Tony Zann
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Weekly Report 8/08/07

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:58 am

Estuary angling has been dominated by Lake Cathie, with blackfish invading the lower reaches en masse since the lake’s opening a couple of weeks ago. It is disappointing to see greed override necessity, courtesy and common sense. The number of reports of excess bag limits, undersize fish, dubious capture methods and poor etiquette is staggering. This behaviour has not gone unnoticed by NSW Fisheries and a fair few infringement notices will bite into the pockets of those involved. Whiting numbers remain solid in the lower reaches but getting a bait past the swarms of undersize bream is proving a challenge.
In the Hastings, blackfish remain above average with the breakwalls as usual producing better results. A few good bream have also come from the lower reaches and with great tides and lunar conditions this weekend, a spike in activity would not surprise. Plenty of flatties further upstream on lures and bait, with the stretch between the Dennis Bridge and Settlement Point producing well.
Off the beaches, there have been some bumper bream about North Beach but multiple catches are rare. Few reports of tailor apart from the odd greenback, while the disappointing mulloway season shows no signs of improving. Plenty of big salmon about for a bit of fun with their numbers sure to increase further in the coming weeks.
Off the rocks, drummer remain the star attraction but you are now having to work a bit harder than during recent weeks. Abalone gut remains the bait of choice. Tailor numbers are down but some good reports have filtered in from Hat Head and Crescent Head. For those keen on bream, this weekend’s tides should prove optimum, while those chasing groper will be hoping for the seas to remain calm and the crabs plentiful.
Offshore reports have been dominated by leatherjackets with masses of fish everywhere from around the 30m to 80m mark, especially over sand. At least there have been some quality fish in the latest batch, with hook-ups outnumbering bite-offs. Wire remains an essential requirement. If you wish to avoid the jackets, your best bet would be to target the shallow reefs off Plomer or Lake Cathie, which present the perfect opportunity to try throwing soft plastics at snapper. Results are proving a real eye-opener for some diehard old bait-soakers.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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