Weekly Report 9/7/09

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Tony Zann
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Weekly Report 9/7/09

Post by Tony Zann » Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:18 am

Off the rocks, drummer are beginning to hit their straps with good numbers of fish taken from most ledges. You only need to experience a good session on some knuckle-busting pigs to understand what all the fuss is about. Lighthouse, Rocky and Shelly are beginning to produce increasing numbers, as too are Plomer, Hat Head and Point Perpendicular and most other recognised ledges are also providing fish when conditions suit. With abalone gut currently prohibited, cunjevoi, large prawns, cabbage and even bread are all yielding results. Good bream remain on offer albeit patchy at times, with Lighthouse and Diamond Head producing some nice fish. Tailor have begun to improve, in line with the improvement in water clarity and the increase in baitfish levels. Blackfish remain in good numbers for those willing to float a bit of cabbage around the washes.
Off the beaches, there are a few nice fish about but erosion and access problems remain the biggest hurdles. Lighthouse has been holding a few bream, particularly the northern end, while closer to Lake Cathie, the deeper gutters have produced a better showing of tailor than we have seen for some time. North Beach has also been producing some solid bream, although better results have been achieved on the morning tides. Not a lot of mulloway activity from the larger fish but the juvenile models are still being encountered in pretty well all locations. Salmon are increasing in numbers daily.
In the estuary, blackfish continue to improve but remain somewhat inconsistent. The South Wall is fishing as well as anywhere. Flathead numbers are down a little but solid numbers of bream are in the lower reaches with gut baits or yabbies fished with minimal lead a deadly combination. Those throwing the larger plastics are still encountering plenty of juvenile mulloway.
Offshore, wire is now essential if you plan to go wider than about 40m, with the jacket population beginning to make their presence felt. If you can get past them, some nice snapper, pearl perch and the odd kingfish have been on offer off Plomer, while closer in off Lighthouse and Lake Cathie better reds continue to respond well to plastics of all types.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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