Weekly Report 11/1/08

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Weekly Report 11/1/08

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:14 pm

Offshore, the Golden Lure has been the focus of the week, finally kicking off on Monday following a break in the weather. There has been plenty of action with a variety of billfish to 200kg+ along with some solid mahi mahi and yellowfin tuna. With the forecast for the rest of the competition looking reasonable, no doubt some excellent catches will also be enjoyed.
Bottom bouncers have been rejoicing with the receding seas, with best results from those chasing snapper off the closer reefs on bait and soft plastics. The reefs off Plomer have also produced a few solid kingfish as well as other mixed reef species, while those content to drift the flattie grounds have been easily achieving their objective of scoring a top feed.
A similar story off the beaches with conditions at long last conducive to fishing not just the protected corners. Lighthouse and North Beach both contain some large low-tide gutters which have held a few early season tailor, while bream and whiting from the close wash have been reasonable. Live worms have been the pick of baits. The upcoming week may well prove worthwhile for chasing a mulloway, as good results are often reported after a period of heavy seas, particularly if a good source of food like tailor, whiting or whitebait are present.
For rockhoppers, the swells have certainly created some top opportunities with bream, blackfish and tailor numbers all above average. Best results have come from Point Plomer and Hat Head, although Shelley and Point Perpendicular to the south have fished well. Still a few pigs about although no real news yet from a land based game perspective.
In the estuaries, the past week has seen solid rainfall upstream resulting a fair degree of colour coming down the Hastings. Most likely this colour will be insufficient to fire up the local mulloway population but the lower reaches will benefit. Bream have been solid from the breakwalls, particularly after dark, while stacks of flatties are on offer every day. The dirty water has tempered the whiting action up around Blackmans Point. At Lake Cathie the rain has prolonged to opening for the time being. With the amount of sand build up just offshore, any opening time from here on should be seen as a bonus.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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