5/4/06 Weekly Report

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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5/4/06 Weekly Report

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:10 pm

On the beaches, tailor are beginning to dominate catches with most beaches producing well. Lures, pillies and whitebait have been equally successful with dawn and dusk the better times. Increasing numbers of anglers are using whitebait off the beaches for bream, tailor and salmon. Salting them down prior to use and rigging them on gangs of No 4 or No 2 hooks is recommended. Nearly all mulloway caught off the beaches are full of whitebait when the schools are present so by throwing one back out, you just never know what you could encounter. Also off the beaches, bream numbers are on the improve while the recent dark moon saw a few school mulloway taken from around Lake Cathie and North Beach. Whiting have been quiet and the traditional late-season run has yet to eventuate.
Off the rocks, tailor and bonito are common with Point Plomer and surrounds producing better quality fish. A few reports of drummer have begun to filter in while blackfish numbers remain solid, with several quality bags taken. Bream numbers were well up during the dark, with Racecourse among other ledges giving up some nice fish. Land-based game results remain below expectations, with only a few longtail tuna and cobia but the water remains warm, there are plenty of bait schools hanging around and there have certainly been enough sightings of longtail schools to encourage the keen fishos.
In the estuary, a few good bream have begun to show up particularly at night. Limeburners and Settlement Point have produced well. Flathead remain reasonable, as do blackfish, while garfish and mullet remain abundant. Mullet are beginning to mass in the lower reaches of the estuaries in readiness for their spawning run over coming weeks. In the meantime, the breakwalls will be excellent should seek to tangle with a mulloway and reports have been encouraging. Live mullet will be obvious bait of choice, but lure tossers also should do well.
Offshore reports have been quite good with the past week seeing some better sea conditions despite the currents. Most boats have been enjoying the conditions with numerous quality catches of a huge variety of pelagic and bottom species, ranging from pearl perch and snapper to big yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi and cobia.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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