Weekly Report 24/10/07

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Tony Zann
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Weekly Report 24/10/07

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:44 am

In the estuary, flathead continue to dominate and whiting numbers are improving each week. Best baits for whiting beach worms or yabbies, with Blackmans Point, Limeburners, the Maria and the Back Channel all well worth a look. Those travelling south to Lake Cathie have generally been well rewarded. Flathead are spread pretty well all throughout the estuary system with areas upstream in the Hastings and Maria rivers fishing best. Numbers closer to Port have been quite good with nice lizards taken from the Back Channel, Hibbard and Limeburners on whitebait and lures, particularly soft plastics. The resident lizards will drive the ABT Sundowner BREAM Classic entrants mad this weekend. Those who have not been affected by the pre-fish ban report bream spread throughout the whole system, which may necessitate a fair bit of travelling.
Off the beaches, red weed seems to have thinned but with plenty of nor’-easters to come, I have the feeling another summer infestation is on the cards. The good run of bream continues with fish to a kilo taken from North Beach. Other beaches also continue to yield fish although not generally in this class. Whiting numbers and quality have been most pleasing, with fish to around 500g taken from Lighthouse and Crescent Head beaches. There are still plenty of salmon on offer from pretty all locations. Tailor remain scarce and mulloway most disappointing, as they have been all year.
On the rocks, a few tailor are about and choppers should begin to make their way back in the next few weeks. The odd drummer is still on offer, primarily from Diamond Head and Point Perpendicular. Bream numbers remain reasonable and night sessions are the go. A few blackfish and groper are still being extracted from Bonny Hills and Point Perpendicular.
Offshore, snapper numbers remain excellent, particularly from the reefs in less than 50m. Pearl perch have been plentiful while the odd samson king have also been caught. We are also beginning to see some consistent 22°-plus water sneaking down which means the pelagic action should not be too far off.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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