Weekly Report 4/3/11

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Weekly Report 4/3/11

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:58 pm

In the estuaries, a few reasonable bream have been taken from around the breakwalls together with the odd school mulloway and tailor. Those fishing the flats around Blackmans Point and Pelican Island have been scoring some nice whiting and flathead, with lures working well for both species. For those keen on a bit of light line sport fishing, garfish and sand mullet are also in the same locations in good numbers. Mud crabs are still active pretty well throughout the entire system, while the lower reaches such as the back channel and the entrance to Limeburners have held a sprinkling of reasonable blue swimmers.
On the beaches, daytime anglers have been doing it a little tough with only the odd bream and whiting complimenting the hordes of dart. Those fishing the evenings have been faring much better, with some terrific tailor and plenty of school mulloway. If you haven’t already given it a go, try fishing the beaches after dark, as it is often a totally different story off the sand once the sun begins to go down. All you need is your normal gear and a headlight and you are ready to go.
Off the rocks, a few longtail tuna have shown up with Point Perpendicular producing a few fish late last week. There is plenty of bait hanging around, so the season should only improve over the coming weeks. If land based game is your scene, a trip to the ledges north could also be worth a look for either a Spanish mackerel or cobia. For those content to chase bread and butter species, tailor remain above expectations for this time of year, while there are plenty of school mulloway after dark. We have also heard a few rumours of some big drummer, so sending a piece of cunjevoi into the wash may not be as silly as it sounds at this time of year.
Offshore, the hot water continues to pour down from the north. Pelagic action is excellent with Barries Bay alive with Spanish mackerel. Most fish are 12 to 20 kilos with the odd fish approaching 30 kilos. Slow trolled slimies are by far the most successful method, however the odd fish has also been taken on lures. This is the best showing of mackerel we have seen for quite a few years, and to date shows no real signs of slowing down. Marlin and mahi mahi are also about in good numbers and you do not have to travel wide to encounter either. Bottom bashers have been finding the current nearly unfishable on most days, particularly beyond the 30m mark. Best results have come from the close reefs off Lighthouse and Lake Cathie, with good numbers of snapper responding to bait and lures.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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