Weekly Report 19/2/13

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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jas.ned@bigpond.com
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Weekly Report 19/2/13

Post by Tony Zann » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:35 am

Off the beaches, bream have been excellent, particularly from the northern end of Lighthouse. The average size hasn’t been great but the numbers have certainly been there. Pretty well all baits have proven effective, although live worms appear your best bet as they bring other species into play as well. During daylight hours, those using worms have been snaring a few really nice whiting, while after dark there is no better offering for school mulloway. Mulloway numbers and quality are down a little but look for a sharp improvement in the lead-up to the next full moon. Tailor results have been reasonable but spasmodic, with South Beach at Dunbogan and the beaches around Lake Cathie proving more consistent.
Off the rocks, reasonable numbers of bream have been taken, with Point Plomer and Lighthouse fishing well, particularly at night on mullet or tailor strips. Tailor have been reasonable with Plomer and surrounds achieving good results, although Lighthouse should not be overlooked; we have heard of a few bag limits being taken here over the past week or so. A few encouraging blackfish reports from Point Perpendicular and Lewis Rock with the odd drummer hell-bent on making a mockery of standard blackfish gear. No LBG news apart from the odd cobia at Hat Head, although the arrival of better numbers of sea garfish is a good indication that improved action is not to far away.
In the estuary, bream numbers throughout the lower reaches have been excellent. Flathead numbers have been solid but the consistent story is about to the number of juvenile fish in the Hastings. While somewhat annoying, this is a great sign and testament to the current health of the river. Good results on the lizards have been achieved from most locations, with whitebait the pick of baits by far. A few blackfish continue to be extracted from the Coal Wall and surrounds, although results are patchy. On the mulloway scene, it’s business as usual with plenty of school fish up around Wauchope, the Dennis Bridge and in the Maria, while the lower reaches are certainly worth a shot for a larger model. The tides and moon at present are just about perfect.
Outside, the current is beginning to drive mad those seeking to simply bottom bounce. Most days it’s around 3 knots in beyond 30m. Those throwing plastics are also doing it a little tough, although the methods used for this style of fishing can still prove viable when the current is up. Best reports have come from close in off Plomer for a few reasonable snapper. Those venturing out to the FAD report plenty of mahi mahi but not of size. Wider out, marlin are certainly viable while Barries Bay is holding a few Spanish mackerel and cobia but picking the days when the water is warm is paramount to success.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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