Weekly Report 10/12/10

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Weekly Report 10/12/10

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:17 am

In the estuaries, we are just coming to the end of another small fresh after last week’s rain. Estuary angling has had its plusses and minuses as a result of the fresh, with a few species firing and others temporarily off the bite. School mulloway between 2kg and 8kg have been active, with soft plastics of all varieties the favoured tactic. Little action from the larger models with the fresh not significant enough to really fire up the big fish. Flathead remain consistent from most parts, with the quality and quantity pretty well as good as it gets. If anything, baits have marginally outperformed lures, which is not uncommon during periods of poor water clarity. Bream numbers around the breakwalls have been up a bit, especially at night, while a few blackfish have been around weed beds in the back channel and Big Bay, with lightly weighted yabbies working well. Whiting have gone a bit quiet but will no doubt pick up again as the cleaner water begins to push upstream.
Off the beaches, reports of big numbers of salmon from North Beach at Port and South Beach at Dunbogan. No doubt the cooler water hugging the shoreline is largely responsible for this, although it shouldn’t be too long until the bulk of the schools move further down the coast. School mulloway numbers remain excellent, with most beaches producing fish. Live worms fished after dark work best. For those preferring daylight hours, Lighthouse has been producing a few nice bream and whiting, mainly from the northern end. A few tailor although best results have been achieved south of Port where the water clarity is better.
Off the rocks, the odd tailor is on offer, areas with clean water are fishing better. Until the water around Port cleans up, a trip to Plomer or Diamond Head would produce better results. Those travelling to Plomer have also been scoring good numbers of school mulloway to 8kg with live worms. Around Port, the dirty water has not put off the bream and blackfish, with Miners holding reasonable numbers of both.
Offshore conditions are at long last improving, with the winds and current beginning to settle. Ocean Star has reported good results with plenty of pearl perch and snapper from around the 50m mark, along with a few kingfish. Trag Rock has been holding plenty of kings, although you will most likely need to head a bit wider for the better quality fish. No reports of marlin over the past week but some terrific mahi mahi are about, with one boat trolling up four including one bull of around 20kg last weekend. On the FAD, a few smaller dollies and kings are beginning to hang about which is an encouraging sign for so early in the season.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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