Weekly Report 22/10/09

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Weekly Report 22/10/09

Post by Tony Zann » Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:22 am

The annual Port Macquarie Bream Classic has been run and won and it was great to see the locals faring so well. The angling was quite challenging over the two days and it just goes to show you can’t beat local knowledge when the fish are not fully co-operating.
While the bream in our estuaries have been a little tough over the past week, other species have been more active. Flathead numbers remain excellent, particularly upstream of the Dennis Bridge, while whiting numbers are improving daily in the lower reaches. Best whiting reports have come from Big Bay and around Pelican Island, with yabbies and worms the baits of choice. Lake Cathie has also been producing a few nice whiting after dark with live prawns the bait of choice. There is certainly no shortage of prawns and hopefully next dark will be just as productive.
Persistent winds continue to make fishing the open beaches a challenge, but keen fishos have been scoring some reasonable bream close to a kilo, with an improved showing of whiting during early morning sessions. Those fishing the evenings continue to encounter juvenile mulloway, although not in the numbers of recent months. Tailor remain most disappointing.
On the rocks, drummer are now a little slow although areas around Diamond Head have been fishing comparatively well. Many of the fish caught are still in roe, so the season may extend a bit longer yet. A few better than average tailor have been snared at first light although numbers remain below average. Lighthouse has proven the pick location while Point Plomer has also produced a few reasonable fish. A few nice bream and a continual stream of juvenile mulloway in the evenings. I just hope they are being returned as gently as possible, as these small fish are not the most resilient and great care needs to be taken to enhance their survival chances.
Offshore results again are down a little, primarily due to the wind. Those who have made it out report some excellent samson fish around Trag Rock, with livies and jigs both effective. Pearl perch numbers remain solid with some top fish whilst closer in, the snapper action seems to have picked up a little. No doubt the warmer water has helped. The NSW Fisheries FAD is now back in place. This year Port Macquarie will be trialling a new design which hopefully will not drag when the current is screaming. GPS coordinates are 31° 24.568S, 153° 04.725E, roughly in same location as previous years.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jasned@ozemail.com.au

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