23/9/2005 - Weekly Report

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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23/9/2005 - Weekly Report

Post by fishingmonthly » Fri Sep 23, 2005 4:56 pm

On the beaches, a good run of salmon has been around over the past week, indicating the continued presence of cool water. Undesirables such as rays and shovel nosed sharks have begun to reappear after their winter sabbatical. There are still quite a few bream about including some stud fish well over a kilo, together with some bumper early season whiting. Little to report in regards to tailor, but a few school jew remain on offer from around lake Cathie and on North Beach.
Little to report off the rocks apart from the very occasional tailor and a continued steady flow of well-conditioned drummer. It is also worth noting most the pigs caught of late have yet to spawn, which indicates the season is far from over. Now that moon has begun to wane, look for a few bream to be on offer during the darker hours.
In the estuary, flathead are again the pick of the targets, with the lower part of the system continuing to produce the better results. This is the time of year the big females move downstream on their spawning run and are not that difficult to catch. These big breeders are critical in relation to future flattie numbers, make terrible table fare and should be released if at all possible. Blackfish catches remain quite good for this time of year but bream numbers have been a little quieter, courtesy of the big full moon.
At Lake Cathie a few bumper whiting are beginning to show up. Live prawns, worms and yabbies have been achieving the best results. The dredging currently under way is also likely to further stir up the action, with new feeding opportunities created for the whiting. It’s also the time when the prawners begin to come out. This season is shaping up nicely but be warned, the water temperature has yet to reach the point at which it is compatible with human flesh. Wetsuits are highly recommended.

Jason and Virginia Isaac,
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318

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