Weekly Report 20/8/10

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Tony Zann
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Weekly Report 20/8/10

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:37 pm

Off the beaches, salmon are really beginning to make their presence felt, with pretty well all beaches now holding significant numbers. This may be bad news if you are seeking a tasty feed, but great news if you are looking for terrific sport. If you haven’t fished for salmon before, best results will be achieved on pilchards or metal lures fished in deep gutters late afternoon or early morning. They can be taken at any stage of the day, on any tide, in any stretch of water and I am yet find a bait they will not take. Give them a whirl on light tackle. Apart from the salmon, school mulloway remain viable options after dark and the tides from this weekend are close to ideal. Lighthouse and North beaches are still holding a few bream and tailor, while Lighthouse has also produced a few above average whiting.
Off the rocks, a few drummer have begun to show up locally and around Point Plomer. Tailor numbers and quality remain solid, with Lighthouse remaining your best bet. Plenty of blackfish still on offer for those willing throw a bit of cabbage around, whilst night time anglers have been achieving some quality bream from Plomer and Lighthouse.
In the estuary, blackfish remain inconsistent. There are plenty of fish in the system, but getting them to bite in the traditional locations has been the challenge, especially with the water exceptionally clear. Some nice lizards to around 2 kilos continue to be caught with whitebait by far the premier bait. Limeburners is fishing well for bream, as is the Coal Wall, with night catches better with the water so clear. To maximise your mulloway chances, live bait or large hardbodies fished around the change of tide is highly recommended.
Little to report offshore, with wind and swell keeping most boats ashore. On those brief occasions when an early trip could be undertaken, the story has been all leather jackets from the wider reefs. Best bet would be to chase reds from the closer reefs off Lighthouse or Lake Cathie.

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