Weekly Report 20/4/12

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Weekly Report 20/4/12

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:52 am

On the beaches, bream numbers have been more inconsistent with fish to around a kilo. Whiting remain reasonable with Lighthouse and North Beach producing. Tailor have remained consistent without being spectacular, with most local beaches producing a reasonable run of choppers and the occasional greenback. Mulloway remain excellent with a real variety in the size of the fish on offer. We have been seeing a gradual increase in the average fish size but just lately there have been some real juveniles of around 30cm in several locations. We seem to have had at least 3 waves of these small fish over the past three years, a sure sign that mulloway breeding has prospered during the recent wet seasons. Be mindful that these juveniles are more delicate than many other species, so please ensure all efforts are concentrated on returning them to the water in the best possible condition. While there may be plenty of schoolies around at present, if you are seeking a much larger model the next month or so is the premier time of year. With plenty of food moving along the coastline such as mullet, tailor and even whitebait, y
In the estuary, bream have shown a significant improvement. Best results have been around the Coal Wall and up Limeburners. Blackfish have also picked up but still tend to be a little inconsistent at times. Flathead remain viable and while perhaps not as thick as in recent weeks, the quality has certainly been excellent. A few good whiting are also still about, with the back channel and Limeburners producing nice fish. There are stacks of mullet in the lower reaches and they have not gone unnoticed by the mulloway. Send a livie out from the breakwalls or other locations in the lower reaches during the change in tide in search of these top fish.
Off the rocks, tailor numbers and quality are excellent with Lighthouse, Point Plomer and ledges further south worth investigating. Bream are on the improve and should be well worth targeting over coming weeks. Drummer numbers remain rather quiet but the odd fish has been taken from Plomer and Big Hill. Still a few longtail tuna about. Hat Head and Point Perpendicular remain the most viable options, with cobia, mack tuna and Spanish mackerel on the cards as well. Bonito numbers have also improved.
Offshore fishing has been excellent with snapper, pearl perch and kingfish common, with reasonable numbers of samson fish. The FAD is holding plenty of mahi mahi, while there are still plenty of billfish encounters. Closer in, there are good numbers of cobia and Spanish mackerel to 20kg hanging around Barries Bay, along with a few mack tuna and the odd longtail.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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