Weekly Report 29/4/09

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Tony Zann
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Weekly Report 29/4/09

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:48 pm

On the beaches, bream numbers have been increasing with Lighthouse and to a lesser degree North Beach beginning to produce consistent results. A gradual increase in the average size of the fish with individuals to around a kilo. Mulloway numbers are a considerable improvement from recent years, with North Beach and Lighthouse giving up plenty of soapies and the odd better fish. While tailor action has varied from non-existent to sporadic at best, this week has seen a marked increase in bait schools, which this generally indicates the tailor will not be far behind.
Off the rocks, tailor numbers are a little better but only at dawn or dusk. Blackfish numbers remain excellent, with virtually any ledge worth a go, while numbers and quality have picked up. A few more drummer reports have begun to filter in with many commenting how washed out some of the more favoured locations now are following the last heavy seas. This year’s land-based game season has just not happened despite good water temperature at present and plenty of bait. I guess the best we can hope for is the odd isolated encounter from a longtail tuna or cobia, the latter more likely.
In the estuary, bream numbers are improving with the breakwalls beginning to produce consistent hauls. Best results have been around the change of tide. Live yabbies, gut baits and fresh mullet have been the pick of the baits. Flathead numbers remain reasonable, with the better results continuing to come from areas downstream of the Dennis Bridge. Blackfish are improving with fair results one day yet poor the next. Once the water cools a further degree or two, look for the season to pick up. The breakwalls have been producing a few mulloway with Joel Pavy’s 25.95 kilo model a terrific example. The combination of some discoloured water and stacks of mullet congregating in the lower reaches has not escaped the attention of the mulloway. There are still plenty of mullet yet to leave the system so don’t be surprised if there are still a few mulloway on offer.
Offshore, some great snapper action has been on offer in close following the seas and the current finally backing down. Reefs north and south produced good reds, with Steve Atkins’ 9.37kg model a terrific red. Flattie numbers and quality have been excellent in the 50m to 55m band. Wider out, we have heard a few whispers regarding jackets, so it might pay to begin wire preparations sooner rather than later.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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