Weekly Report 7/3/12

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Weekly Report 7/3/12

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:33 pm

On the beaches, over the past week we have seen a tract of discoloured water trapped close in, which has resulted in positives and negatives. On the plus side, mulloway have been active with many fish taken late afternoon, rather than after dark. While most have been schoolies, Lighthouse has produced the odd better specimen. Bream haven’t minded the dirty water, with North Beach fishing quite well. The major negative with the lack of clarity has been the lack of tailor. Hopefully the recent southerlies will clean up the water considerably, with the baitfish and tailor sure to return once this occurs. These are the drivers of the coastal food chain and when they’re about, most other sought-after species are as well.
Off the rocks, tailor have been steady if not spectacular with Lighthouse fishing as well as anywhere. Best results have been at first light and we are seeing a gradual increase in the average size. This full moon has historically produced some terrific greenbacks around 4kg, so it will be interesting to see whether this is repeated this season. A few reasonable bream and blackfish have been on offer around Big Hill and Point Plomer, together with plenty of school mulloway during evening sessions. Still no real news for land-based game enthusiasts, although this latest southerly change should see a significant improvement in water colour and temperature. Often the best of the land-based game season does not eventuate until well into Autumn. I seem to recall May several years ago proving excellent for longtail tuna from Point Perpendicular.
In the estuary, school mulloway numbers remain excellent with fish from undersize to around 4kg taken from pretty well all parts of the Hastings. Bream remain reasonable although the full moon may see them a little shy during the darker hours. Flathead remain excellent, with the flats around Rawdon Island well worth a look. Whiting numbers are down, although Limeburners is still producing some nice fish with yabbies your best bet. Plenty of muddies up there too for those keen of setting a trap or some witches hats.
Outside reports have been very quiet with little access, courtesy of the conditions. On the few occasions some managed to get out, the current is still steaming down from the north, making conditions challenging at best. No major results apart from the odd snapper and kingfish, although the flathead grounds have been as reliable as ever. One positive to come from the latest southerly change is a significant improvement in the water colour and temperature in Barries Bay. If chasing a Spanish mackerel is your scene, make the most of any opportunity.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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