Weekly Report 25/7/12

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Weekly Report 25/7/12

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:24 am

In the estuary, blackfish remain far better than during recent seasons, with the breakwalls fishing well and areas further upstream now producing more consistently. The quality of the fish is excellent, with few throwbacks and plenty of kilo-plus fish. Flathead numbers also remain excellent for this time of year, with Blackmans Point and the flats around Pelican Island well worth a go. Whitebait is the morsel of choice, while blades are proving most effective for the lure enthusiasts. The lower estuaries after dark have been excellent for bream to a kilo on mullet or blackfish gut. At this time of year, no other baits appeal more to estuary bream. Fished light with a chemically sharpened size 1 suicide hook, it proves deadly. There have also been a few solid mulloway around the breakwalls, with live mullet, blackfish heads, tailor and lures proving successful. Despite the constant rain, Lake Cathie’s level has been just under 1.58m so we will have to wait for a few more showers until the triggers for manual opening are reached.
Off the rocks, drummer numbers remain excellent and the ledges around Port have been most productive. Shelley has fished well over the past week, with plenty of fish well above 2kg. Some nice blackfish have also been taken from the same area. Those fishing the more protected locations after dark have been scoring some solid bream, not uncommon during rough weather. With food and shelter at the same location, where else would a bream be? The large seas have limited tailor options considerably, although a few of the north-facing ledges at Point Plomer have been holding a few reasonable choppers. Plomer and Hat Head have been giving up plenty of school mulloway, with whole squid or tailor achieving results.
Off the beaches, conditions have been less than ideal over the past week and I guess many of the existing formations will have been flattened or changed. These are the times a bit of research can pay dividends, as a small formation on an otherwise featureless beach can often hold plenty of fish. Before the seas came up, North Beach was producing some nice bream and the odd exceptional tarwhine, while the southern end of Lighthouse remained home to plenty of juvenile mulloway. Salmon are common at both locations and most others, for that matter.
Offshore results have been negligible since the middle of last week, as you would expect given the wind and sea. Before the blow, some terrific snapper action was enjoyed by those throwing lures, with excellent numbers of 2-5kg fish. Best action was up off Plomer, despite a complete lack of current. While the old saying of no run, no fun generally rings true, I guess there are times when fish simply decide to feed despite what we may consider to be less than optimum conditions. The slow drift also saw some nice pearl perch taken, again from the reefs north. Wider out, leatherjackets remain in solid numbers, except it seems if you are specifically chasing them.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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