Weekly Report 14/3/08

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Weekly Report 14/3/08

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:18 am

On the beaches, after a prolonged absence tailor have finally turned up in consistent numbers. The more consistent action has been south of Port with the beaches around Lake Cathie and Bonny Hills best. Closer to town, the top end of Lighthouse now contains some excellent water which to has been holding tailor on most afternoons. In conjunction with the arrival of the tailor we are now beginning to hear the odd whisper of mulloway encounters. To date, numbers are not great but look for a significant improvement over coming months.
A few nice whiting have been coming off the northern end of North Beach, while night sessions around Lake Cathie and Grants Beach have produced a better showing of bream. Make sure you have adequate bait supplies as the rays and other assorted vermin are particularly ravenous.
Off the rocks, tailor numbers are on the improve with Lighthouse around Flagstaff the pick of locations locally. Bream numbers remain reasonable, particularly around Point Plomer, while Lighthouse, Shelleys and Miners have given up a few exceptionally well-conditioned blackfish. Drummer numbers remain solid as they were pretty well all summer with many anglers now focusing on using cabbage and cunjevoi following the recently implemented abalone gut ban. Longtail tuna are everywhere and should remain so given the warm water and masses of sea garfish milling around the headlands. Patience and perseverance are the key attributes if you are seeking this type of land-based game action, as you simply just need to be there when the bait schools and fish move to within casting distance. It can be any time from daylight to dusk.
In the estuary, bream numbers remain above average with plenty of fish to around a kilo from the breakwalls and the lower portion of Limeburners. Flathead numbers remain excellent, particularly around Rawdon Island and the Dennis Bridge, but whiting numbers throughout the Hastings have been quite disappointing in comparison to recent seasons. Lake Cathie continues to produce excellent whiting during evening sessions, despite the lake being shut now except for the odd bit of clean water flowing in at high tide. Significant amounts of prawns in the lower section.
Offshore, the better action has been close in with some nice snapper to around 4 kilos taken from the reefs off Lighthouse and Nobbys. Further north, Barrys Bay has held some reasonable cobia and few longtail tuna. With the water hovering around 24° in close and heaps of bait around, the bay should continue to produce for a few weeks. Wider out, the current has been raging, making bottom-bouncing difficult, but a few marlin and big mahi mahi are on offer for those dragging skirts or slow trolling livies,
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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