Report 06/05/14

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Report 06/05/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue May 06, 2014 10:04 pm

Beaches
Things have really started to pick up with plenty of baitfish along our coast and the annual mullet run now in full swing. This means plenty of food for the predatory species and in turn, plenty of opportunities for anglers as well. Over the past week, tailor numbers have remained solid with all local beaches producing the goods in varying degrees. A few decent mulloway have also started to show up, with Lighthouse to date proving the pick of locations. Fresh tailor has been the pick of baits for these larger fish. On the bream front, a few well conditioned fish have been taken from both Lighthouse and North Beach, with pipis and mullet working well. For bream lovers, the next few weeks should see the best bream action of the year off the sand. For the best results, focus your efforts during the last half of the run up tide, and target the relatively shallow sand spits. Too often we see people fishing the deep, clear holes along our beaches, but put simply, the fish just aren't there. A bit of wave action and white water provides cover and feeding opportunities, and this is where you will generally find the fish in better numbers.

Rocks
Tailor numbers are solid and bags have generally included a better class of fish than off the beaches. Point Plommer and Hat Head have been the pick of locations. Bream numbers too have been encouraging, and hopefully a precursor to an excellent season ahead. Drummer and blackfish numbers are steadily improving and should continue to do so as winter progresses and the water temperature begins to drop. Latest reports indicate many of the preferred drummer ledges remain more sanded up than we would like to see, but hopefully another good southerly swell will begin to remedy this. For land based game enthusiasts, there are still a few longtail tuna about, however you will need to be patient as there is a fair bit of water in between fish now.

Estuary
Bream numbers have really picked up over the past week, particularly from around the break walls. Yabbies, mullet strips and gut baits have all proven effective. To date the average size is not spectacular, however the numbers are solid and should even further improve in the lead up to the next full moon. Elsewhere in the estuaries, flathead remain solid with the lower section of the Maria worth a look with either lures or whitebait. Blackfish on the other hand continue to frustrate the diehard float watchers, with only a sprinkling of quality fish in among the hordes of undersize models. On the mulloway front, the break walls have started to fish very well indeed, with a few 20 kilo plus models caught over the past week. I expect the period between now and the next full moon to be extremely well patronised by mulloway enthusiasts.

Offshore
Little to report as you would expect given the commandeering of Westport Park boat ramp for pretty well a full week. Hopefully now that is behind us, the weather gods will be kind and the current civilised. If so, look for a big improvement on the snapper and bottom fishing scene in general, with the next few months generally seeing some of the best action of the year.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
(02) 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com

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