Weekly Report 13/4/12

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Weekly Report 13/4/12

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:07 pm

Off the beaches, large swells over the Easter break made for less than ideal conditions especially on most of the open beaches. This was especially disappointing for mulloway enthusiasts given the ideal tides and moon. A few formations and the more protected corners remained fishable with some nice school fish taken, mainly on worms. Bream numbers have been encouraging, with the northern end of Lighthouse producing nice fish, together with a few well-conditioned whiting. Now the swell has backed down, look for some tailor action at dawn or dusk. With plenty of baitfish, this season is shaping up as one of the better tailor years for some time.
Off the rocks, tailor remain solid with some terrific greenbacks the 5.81kg model Matt Timmins scored over Easter. Bream numbers are promising although the better catches have been during the mornings. No real talk of pigs yet. Longtail tuna around in numbers, with fish taken from Hat Head and Point Perpendicular earlier this week and over Easter. Live baits or high-speed luring are the methods. Bonito and mack tuna are providing sport in between the opportunities.
In the estuaries, the south-westerlies have begun to move the mullet down to the lower reaches in readiness for their annual trip to sea. Bream have been reasonable despite the moon, with gut and flesh baits successful in the lower reaches while lures have been particularly effective upstream. Flathead numbers also remain excellent, particularly around Rawdon Island, with whitebait and lures both effective. Blackfish are slowly improving with cabbage achieving better results thus far. Whiting numbers are slowly beginning to drop off although there are still some quality fish in Lake Cathie and up Limeburners. The breakwalls have started to come alive as you would expect with the bait beginning to move into the area, with Ryan Wills scoring a terrific 25.9kg mulloway off the south wall early this week. Further upstream, school fish remain common with large soft plastics or live baits the best methods of attack.
Offshore conditions have not been favourable although a few took advantage of the odd brief opportunity over the past week. Best results have been on snapper south of the Lighthouse, with bait and plastics effective. Up north, Barries Bay is still worth a look for a variety of pelagics if that is your scene.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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