Weekly Report 6/8/10

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Weekly Report 6/8/10

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:22 pm

Off the beaches, school mulloway remain the dominant species as they have been pretty well all year. I have spoken to many long term beach fishos and none can recall a period of such numbers over such a widespread area for so long. If only a small proportion of these fish reach maturity, the future looks excellent for a species which not too long ago was seen as threatened by both anglers and NSW Fisheries. Perhaps a bag limit and/or size limit adjustment by Fisheries to complement this unexpected breeding would be prudent sooner rather than later. I don’t think too many future-minded anglers would object at all, as the legal 45cm seems hard to justify, especially when studies indicate they do not begin to breed until around 70cm. A bag limit of 5 is also generous for a species with the potential to grow to a size which can be a most memorable catch for an angler. Time will tell if anything changes in this regard.
In the estuary, blackfish numbers remain inconsistent, as they have been for the last couple of years. For those keen on a bit of float watching, both breakwalls are giving up the odd fish to around a kilo, as are many locations upstream. Bream remain in solid numbers, with night baits achieving the better results. With the best tides of the month now just about on us, an after-dark expedition should prove productive. Flathead numbers and quality remain quite good with whitebait and lures enjoying equal success.
Off the stones, marginally improved numbers of drummer have been reported, with ledges south better to date. Diamond Head has picked up and Lighthouse and Blueface are now worth a lash. Bream remain excellent with Hat Head and Plomer giving up several bag limits, while Lighthouse has also held some quality fish. Tailor numbers haven’t been great, although the odd solid fish has been encountered during early morning sessions. Better results have been reported from the ledges around Hat Head and Point Plomer. Groper numbers are excellent. All you need is relatively calm seas and crab of any description for bait, and you are in with an excellent chance. Just remember to hang on!
For outside fishos, last weekend saw quite mixed results with some doing reasonably well and others finding the going difficult. Best reports centred around pearl perch, with a couple of bag limit catches enjoyed by a lucky few in depths of around 40m to 50m. Wider out, leatherjackets are back although not to the extent whereby other species cannot be targeted. Closer in, reasonable numbers of small snapper are about, with bait and plastics working well.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jasned@ozemail.com.au

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