Weekly Report 22/7/09

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Weekly Report 22/7/09

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:29 am

On the beaches bream remain your best bet, with some solid fish on offer. Beaches around Lake Cathie and the northern half of Lighthouse have produced reasonable results, while a trip across to North Beach could also prove worthwhile. Best results around the top of the tide with live worms, which are also continuing to encounter plenty of juvenile mulloway. Those targeting the larger fish continue to experience a relatively lean year, but Rachel Babich managed a terrific 20.2kg jewie from the southern end of Lighthouse last weekend on a 6’ estuary combo loaded with 6lb line! Salmon numbers continue to steadily increase while tailor remain disappointing.
In the estuary, with the water clarity substantially improved, blackfish have become more consistent, with the breakwalls fishing well most days. Flathead numbers remain excellent, with Blackmans Point and the flats around Pelican Island well worth a go. This coming dark should be excellent for bream, with Limeburners and areas further upstream well worth a go. For those throwing lures, particularly larger soft plastics, juvenile mulloway remain better than most can recall. With the fish spread pretty well from Wauchope down to the break walls, best bet is to target the deeper parts of the system, particularly those with a degree of structure, whether that be a drop-off, breakwall, pylon or similar. Most chasing these juvenile fish are returning them to the water unharmed so they may grow.
Off the rocks, still somewhat patchy reports on drummer, with Point Perpendicular giving up some nice bags over the past week but Rockys, Shelleys and Lighthouse have produced only the odd fish. The odd better than average tailor is about but overall numbers remain poor. Many consider this season to be pretty well a write-off, with continuous bouts of dirty water seeing the schools travel wide. Plenty of blackfish around, especially on Miners.
Offshore results have been quite good, with the reefs off Plomer producing some nice reds in 40m to 50m with the change of tide having a significant impact on activity levels. Closer in, those using plastics are still scoring some nice fish to around 6kg. Apart from snapper, a few pearl perch, kingfish and plenty of morwong are on offer, while leatherjackets have thinned considerably. I wouldn’t leave the wire out of the boat yet, though, as the masses are sure to be around somewhere.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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