Weekly Report 23/3/12

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Weekly Report 23/3/12

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:11 pm

In the estuary, bream numbers have remained above average with both breakwalls and Limeburners giving up some solid fish to around a kilo. Flathead numbers are excellent, with most of the flats around Pelican Island worth a look, as are most areas upstream. Those throwing lures in the deeper sections are scoring some reasonable school mulloway of 50 to 65cm. Lake Cathie has fired up again for whiting after going a little quiet over recent weeks. Best results have been achieved on bait but lure enthusiasts have been enjoying some terrific sessions.
Lake Cathie has been a huge disappointment to prawning enthusiasts this season, which can often be the case when the system remains open to the sea. Numbers have certainly been there over the past couple of darks but the size has been poor and realistically they’re not worth chasing.
Off the beaches, tailor numbers are as good as they have been since last winter, and with the bulk of the bait schools yet to arrive the best of the season is still to come. Lighthouse and Rainbow beaches have been holding fish, as have all beaches further south. Mulloway numbers remain excellent although most are schoolies. North Beach and North Haven have been worth a look with live worms. For daytime anglers, there are still a few whiting hanging about the southern end of Lighthouse, while the odd well-conditioned bream is being taken from most stretches of sand.
Off the rocks, at long last the longtail tuna have shown up in reasonable numbers, with Point Perpendicular well worth a look. Live baits have proven best but large metals and poppers are worth throwing. Regretfully, the arrival of the longtails also coincides with the arrival of plenty of idiots who make an absolute mess of this iconic location. In these times where angling and angling locations are under threat, responsibility is essential and those who blow in for a couple of weeks each year seem to be sadly lacking in this department. Tailor numbers have been excellent off most headlands, as have bream and blackfish. Good to see a few bonito back as well.
Reasonable snapper remain on offer from the closer reefs, with fish to around 4kg taking lightly weighted pilchards, live baits and soft plastics. Up north, Trag Rock has produced a few kingfish, while the wider reefs have some nice pearl perch. We have had a few reports of leatherjacket schools on the wider reefs, so it may pay to have some wire on board. Good numbers of marlin are still hanging about and Barries Bay has been producing reasonable numbers of cobia, Spanish mackerel and the odd spotted mackerel.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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