Report 29/07/14

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Report 29/07/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:00 pm

Estuary
Blackfish numbers remain consistent, with both break walls still producing fish to around a kilo and varying results now coming from further upstream. Flathead numbers and quality also remain quite good for this time of year, with both whitebait and lures enjoying equal success. Bream remain in solid numbers, with those braving the cold and fishing the night time tide achieving good results. Most of the fish are not exceptionally large, averaging from around 28 to 35 cms, but all are very well conditioned. Limeburners, the coal wall and even upstream around Rawdon Island have all been worth a visit. On the mulloway front, the break walls produced a couple of reasonable fish to around 20 kilos over the past week, all on live mullet, whilst those throwing larger plastics or hard bodied lures further upstream are still encountering the odd fish in the 60 to 90cm range. On the crabbing front, although the participation has dropped significantly, due to either the cold or over consumption, there are still a few blue swimmers and mud crabs on offer.

Rocks

There have been a few drummer showing up but most ledges are still a little too sanded to see the pigs come right in and feed as we know they can. Dare I say it, but what we really need is a few days of really large seas, something that has been largely absent this year. Bream numbers however remain solid, with Hat Head and Plommer giving up good bags, whilst Lighthouse locally has also held some quality fish. A similar story on the tailor front, with most ledges fishing well both dawn and dusk. Those fishing after dark around Hat Head and Plomer using bobby corks to have been doing well, with the average size a little superior to those fishing daylight hours. Also on offer at present are plenty of groper, with the flat seas of late ideal for chasing these tough brawlers from the more exposed or remote locations.

Beaches
Lighthouse has been consistent with reasonable numbers of tailor most afternoons, with both pilchards and metal lures working well. Bream numbers remain reasonable from both Lighthouse and North beach, whilst those using beach worms after dark have been scoring a few reasonable mulloway of around 80cm. By all reports salmon numbers are becoming more common by the day, and my spies to the south reckon there are plenty more on the way. Great fun if nothing else.

Offshore
A few encouraging reports on the snapper front have begun to filter in, however it seems most the fish are still slightly deeper than where we expect them to be at this point in the season. With the water temperatures only recently beginning to drop, it seems as if our winter snapper season may extent well into spring this year. Aside from the reds, bottom fisho’s have been finding only average results over the past week, with a few teraglin, pearl perch and flathead on offer. Leatherjackets remain a concern albeit not quite to the extent seen a couple of weeks. No doubt they will hang around for a while yet, but by changing your depth either closer or wider they can largely be avoided. Or as Murphy’s law would dictate, take wire and specifically target them for a good feed, and no doubt there will be zero in your area.

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Re: Report 29/07/14

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:01 pm

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