Weekly Report 5/4/12

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Weekly Report 5/4/12

Post by Tony Zann » Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:31 pm

On the beaches, some terrific tailor have begun to show up. Best results have been achieved during evening sessions, with the southern end of Lighthouse, North Haven and South Beach all worth a look. If you are keen to score a big greenback, fish after dark with bonito or tailor fillets, also ideal for a better than average mulloway. While there are plenty of school mulloway happy to take a beach worm from pretty well any stretch of sand at pretty well any phase of the tide, this full moon is also ideal for chasing a much larger model on slabs or live baits. Look for a deep and preferably narrow gutter close in and make sure you concentrate your efforts at last light and around high tide. Large mulloway are creatures of habit and if you focus around key bite times like these, especially in the week leading up to a full moon, your hours-to-fish ratio will improve. Bream numbers are reasonable and will improve over coming weeks, while a few nice whiting remain on offer, especially around Lake Cathie.
Off the rocks, tailor and bonito are common, with Point Plomer producing some better quality fish. A few reports on drummer have begun to filter in, while blackfish numbers remain solid. Bream have been reasonable despite the full moon with Racecourse among other ledges giving up some nice fish. Land based game results remain a little hit and miss, with a few longtails and cobia on some occasions but many barren hours in between. The water remains warm, there are plenty of bait schools hanging around and with a bit of patience in the right locations you will most likely encounter some action.
In the estuary, a few reasonable bream have begun to show up, particularly for those fishing at dawn or dusk. Limeburners and the Coal Wall have produced well, as have locations well upstream in the Hastings and Maria. Flathead numbers remain reasonable, while garfish and mullet schools remain abundant. Good to see a few blackfish coming into the system, with some taken from the lower reaches on cabbage or bull weed. For mulloway, live mullet, break walls and change of tide are the three main requirements.
Offshore reports have been quite good, although the constant easterly swell has commanded caution especially around the bar on the run-out tide. Bottom bouncers report good numbers of snapper from the closer reefs, along with some nice pearl perch and the odd kingfish. Teraglin numbers have been excellent for those fishing the evening sessions, although the average size is not anything special. Good action also remains in Barries Bay, with the odd big cobia, Spanish mackerel and longtail tuna.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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