Weekly Report 8/2/13

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
Ph: 02 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Weekly Report 8/2/13

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:32 pm

The lower reaches have produced the best results, as is generally the case after a fresh comes down. Bream numbers have been excellent, with the breakwalls, coal walls and even the canals giving up good numbers of surprisingly well conditioned fish on gut baits or mullet strips. Mulloway numbers have been solid with plenty of school models from the breakwalls, but on the whole the action was disappointing in comparison to what can occur when the river is in flood. We did not get quite enough dirt coming down this time to really fire up the big jew. Some nice flathead around the back channel and Pelican Island, but the hottest location has been the very eastern edge of Lake Cathie. During the heavy seas, a fair bit of ocean water was coming into the lake, which saw baitfish numbers drawn right down to the front. This did not go unnoticed by the resident flathead and some great angling has been enjoyed. This might be worth remembering next time the system is closed and we receive similar conditions.
On the beaches, conditions have only just settled after an extended period of big seas. Many sections of most beaches will have suffered varying degrees of sand loss. Care should be exercised if driving over coming weeks, particularly around the top of the tide. There should be some great opportunities, particularly for bream and mulloway. You may have to do a little prospecting to find where the better formations are, but with great tides at present, the effort could be well rewarded.
Off the rocks, now the swells have subsided, bream, blackfish and mulloway should all be on offer. Tailor may take a little longer, given the lack of clarity. If land-based game is your scene, now is definitely the time and once the waters clear, longtail tuna, cobia and Spanish mackerel should all be viable targets.
Offshore access has only become viable again this week after the extended period of rough conditions. Depending on the current, best results will most likely be achieved on the closer reefs off Plomer and Lighthouse, with snapper an obvious target. If chasing pelagics, a trip to FAD may be worth the effort for mahi mahi, while the cleaner water wider out should still be holding plenty of marlin. Don’t discount Barries Bay over coming weeks, as a few Spanish had shown up before the weather turned bad.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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