Weekly Report 6/9/13

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Weekly Report 6/9/13

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:04 am

On the beaches, salmon are becoming increasingly common although nowhere near the levels of recent years. It seems the lack of really cool water this winter may have something to do with the masses not travelling this far up the east coast. Those fishing the morning tides have continued to score a few bream from both North beach and the northern half of Lighthouse, whilst those fishing the evening sessions have been finding a few tailor from both Lighthouse and the beaches south of Port. Mulloway numbers however remain subdued with only a few fish here and there, although the tides during the latter part of this week have been ideal for chasing school sized fish, so it will be interesting to see if numbers pick up again.

Off the rocks, blackfish numbers remain solid, with some quality specimens being snared both locally, and around Point Perpendicular on both cabbage and cunjevoi. Drummer however remain quiet, with the general consensus being that we need a really big blow and swell from the south to fire them back up again. This is something we havent had locally for several months now, which is most unusual for winter on the mid north coast. Sure there are still a few fish about, but you will have to work for them. Tailor numbers however have been quite good, with the occasional good greenback about, particularly from Big Hill and surrounds. For those keen on a decent tussle, groper numbers have been excellent from pretty well all headlands in the area. Crabs of basically any description together with robust equipment and a good foothold is what you need in this regard.
In the estuary, flathead numbers have picked up noticeably as is often the case with the first dose of warm spring weather. Whitebait as usual has been the pick of the baits, however those throwing lures of pretty well any description continue to achieve considerable success. Gone are the days when flatties were considered a summer time species, with recent years, and perhaps enhanced lures and lure techniques, confirming this species as a genuine year round proposition. Bream numbers are reasonable, with better reports now coming from further upstream. In the absence of any significant rainfall in the short term, it is difficult to see this trend changing. On the blackfish front, while numbers remain below expectations there are quite a few fish in the system, with the last half of the run out tide producing the better results. Good to see a few nice whiting becoming active, with both Lake Cathie and to a lesser degree Limeburners, both worth a look with either worms or yabbies. As the water begins to warm over the next few weeks, and the prawns become more active, look for the surface lures to begin to come into their own.
Offshore, snapper numbers have been a bit up and down, with some faring poorly and others doing exceptionally well. Best results have been achieved straight out the front of Port in around 40 to 50 meters, with soft plastics proving the premier form of attack. Along with the reds, Plommer has been producing a few nice teraglin, pearl perch and morwong, while the odd John Dory has also been a most welcome addition for a lucky few. At least the jackets have moved on, for the time being anyway.
Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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