Weekly Report 5/12/07

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Tony Zann
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Weekly Report 5/12/07

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:25 am

In the estuaries, whiting numbers remain excellent with fish taken from most areas between Pelican Island and Beechwood, including well up the Maria and Limeburners – and of course Lake Cathie. Pick of the baits remain live worms or yabbies, although clear poppers continue to account for quite a few quality fish. Flathead remain excellent, with good pan-size fish abundant around the Dennis bridge and some larger specimens taken from the south wall and coal wall during the week. Release the big female breeders even though regulations currently allow the keeping of one fish over 70cm. They represent the future of local flattie stocks. A few good blackfish were snared from Limeburners over the past week while the breakwalls have produced consistent if not spectacular results. Bream numbers remain first-class although the better results are now being achieved well upstream, mainly on lures. Increasing numbers of mullet and garfish are inhabiting the lower estuary with small floats, small hooks and bread an excellent combination.
Off the beaches, plenty of salmon are still hanging around to provide some great sport, although the warm water moving rapidly down the coast should see them move on shortly. Bream, while not thick, have included some solid fish to around a kilo. Good numbers of whiting also remain on the chew, with North Beach continuing to produce. Tailor and mulloway remain disappointing.
Off the rocks, a few solid pigs remain offer with Racecourse, Big Hill and Rocky and Shelley producing fish. Abalone gut has been the pick of baits but it is most unlikely this bait source will be available next season. Some nice bream were taken from Plomer just after the full moon along with the occasional average size tailor.
Offshore reports have been mixed with no two days producing similar conditions or results. Water temperatures are on the rise but the current has been roaring in excess of 3 knots on occasions, rendering bottom fishing on many of the more popular marks difficult. Best results have been achieved by those chasing snapper in close, while the wider reefs off Plomer have also yielded some excellent pearlies. Those content to drift the flattie grounds straight off Port advise there are stacks of quality lizards but the odd patch of small leatherjackets in 50m to 70m.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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