Weekly Report 13/2/08

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Tony Zann
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Weekly Report 13/2/08

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:49 am

Off the beaches, catches have been reasonable at best, which is understandable since conditions have not been at all favourable. North Beach has been producing a few solid bream to a kilo, together with some nice flatties on the southern end near the breakwall. The constant flow of dirty water exiting the Hastings quite often produces a run of lizards from the sand, with whitebait, pilchards or mullet strips likely to produce. No real news of tailor but there has been a marked increase in baitfish within 500m of shore. Once conditions settle, look for tailor activity. This fact should not be lost on keen mulloway enthusiasts, with the increased presence of baitfish and tailor generally linked with improved numbers.
In the estuary, the dirty water has focused most of the activity around the lower reaches. Bream numbers have been quite solid, particularly off the breakwalls, with gut baits achieving results. Flathead numbers have been solid from the walls, with live poddy mullet particularly deadly. Half the battle is catching them when the river is off colour, but it is well worth looking around the more protected rock pools which can harbour good numbers of poddies irrespective of conditions. The fresh was not sufficient to really fire up mulloway although Peter Laws scored a nice fish of 23.6 kilos (cleaned) on a lure of the South Wall last weekend on 30lb line and with no gaff man.
Off the rocks, the odd decent tailor session is beginning to occur but results remain inconsistent. A few nice bream and blackfish are on offer for those willing to put in the time, with areas around Plomer and Hat Head fishing reasonably well. Still plenty of drummer around with Mark Nitschke scoring some top fish to around 2kg during the week. No real action on the LBG scene as yet but it will be interesting to see whether the southerly winds can swing the warm current back along the shore.
Outside reports have been limited. Bottom bouncers have been scoring mixed bags of snapper, flatties and a few assorted reef species, while mahi mahi have been the best bet from a pelagic perspective. The NSW Fisheries FAD is well worth a look if you don’t mind the travel, although you will need to sort through plenty of juveniles to find the odd better quality specimen. For snapper fishos, when the seas settle, some close-in prospecting could well prove worthwhile.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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