15/3/06 Weekly Report

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
Ph: 02 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com
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15/3/06 Weekly Report

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Mar 15, 2006 12:22 pm

On the beaches, tailor numbers are on the improve with plenty of choppers at dawn or dusk, with Lighthouse and beaches further south enjoying the better results. The action should steadily improve over the next couple of months but let’s hope we do not get a repeat of last year when the tailor virtually disappeared off the beaches during most of winter. Bream numbers are reasonable but should improve markedly once the full moon begins to wane. A few school mulloway have been taken at Lake Cathie and North Beach although no two nights have produced similar results. Whiting remain more elusive than usual for this time of year. Increasing reports of salmon indicate we may see an infestation as in 2005.
Off the rocks, tailor numbers are on the improve with Lighthouse and Bonny Hills the pick. Bream remain reasonable, particularly around Point Plomer, while Lighthouse, Shelly and Miners have given up a few exceptionally well conditioned blackfish. A few nice mulloway have also been around in the lead-up to the full moon, highlighted by Mark Salt’s sensational 31.9kg lure-caught specimen. Little to report from a surface fishing perspective but with baitfish schools, including whitebait, garfish and slimies, beginning to move up the coast look for the action to take off once the warm waters move back in. March and April last year were when the longtails were at their thickest.
In the estuary, Lake Cathie has been fishing exceptionally well for flathead, despite the lake recently closing. Live poddy mullet have proven deadly but prawns and lures have also accounted for plenty of fish. The Port north wall produced a couple of mulloway around the full moon while flathead and whiting have been viable throughout the day. Blackfish have become a little more common. Plenty of muddies are also on the move, so now is definitely the time to have the traps, dillies or witches hats in
Offshore, access remains a day-to-day proposition with the weather continuing to be quite unstable. On the days when access allows, some nice snapper have been caught close in while the wider reefs continue to produce good mixed bags of kingfish, pearl perch and most common reef species. Mahi mahi have also shown some improvement, with the FAD containing good numbers ranging from around six inches to six kilos. Currents have been a little inconsistent with anglers fishing straight up and down in 180 metres one day and the FAD float well under the next.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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