Report 21/1/15

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 21/1/15

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In the estuaries at present, flathead remain your best bet with fish on offer from pretty well all parts from the break walls right up to the brackish reaches. Those throwing soft plastics have been achieving the better results of late, however lightly weighted whitebait drifted along the weed beds and drop offs has also been productive. On the bream front, the best of the bream action has been well upstream, with the stretch from Rawdon Island to Wauchope fishing particularly well. Once again those throwing lures have been enjoying terrific sessions on fish to around 40cm. By all reports, deep diving hard bodies have been the weapon of choice, however the early morning surface bite has also been worth getting out of bed before the crack of dawn. A few blackfish have also been on offer from the coal wall and surrounds on cabbage, whilst those fishing yabbies at night and around Big Bay have been scoring a few nice fish. Those fishing yabbies in Big Bay and Limeburners have also been scoring a few nice whiting, with the back channel also worth a look, particularly if you are land based. Still plenty of school mulloway throughout the system, with Mark from Castaway Estuary Charters putting several clients onto some nice school sized fish over the past week.

On the crabbing scene, the muddies have been on fire from the upstream haunts, particularly the Hastings west of Rawdon Island. Regrettably, a few of these crabbing enthusiasts are having difficulty comprehending current bag limit restrictions. Perhaps these are same few individual who also have difficulty in identifying their own traps.

On the beaches, whiting numbers have been terrific with North Beach again producing the better results for those prepared to travel, whilst Shelley’s in town also remains a convenient and consistent producer of some nice fish. Best bait has been live beach worms, however pipis have also accounted for some quality fish. In with the whiting, bream numbers remain quite good, with the quality above what is usual for this time of year. On the tailor front, results have been reasonable with late afternoon sessions producing the better results despite having to battle a fair bit of onshore breeze on most days. Mixed in with the tailor have been some very large salmon, providing great entertainment if little else. On the mulloway front, still plenty of school sized fish taking beach worms after dark, however the larger models have been elusive.

Off the rocks, tailor fishos are faring a little better with the few overcast days earlier this week seeing the bite extend a little longer than what is usually the case at this time of year. Pilchards and lures have both been effective. Those venturing south to Diamond Head and Crowdy report some nice drummer are about, further adding to the notion this species is a year round proposition, especially if you are prepared to hunt around for the more washed out ledges. Blackfish are also a viable proposition during the day, whilst those fishing the evenings are encountering a steady stream of pan sized bream and school mulloway. No real action on the land based game scene as yet, with the constant nor easters keeping the warm currents well away from the coastline. If we can get an 0065tended period of southerly or even better, south westerly winds, look for the land based game season to get underway.

Offshore action over the past week has been hit and miss, with a big variance in water conditions depending upon where you went. Last weekend saw a tract of cold, olive coloured water trapped in front of and just south of Port, with meagre returns for those who fished it. Wider out, and also off Plomer, the current has been racing and although challenging to fish, some nice snapper and pearl perch were taken by those fishing the bottom. On the pelagic front, the 2015 Golden Lure has now come to a close and despite the fish not fully co-operating, some great angling was enjoyed. Interestingly enough, many of the boats focussed their attention close in, with quite a few small black marlin taken from as near as Barries Bay despite the water colour and temperature in the bay not being what is generally considered optimum for pelagics to be there. By all reports, this years tournament overall was a great success, with some well received revisions of capture categories resulting in the best number of boats the tournament has seen for many years. Congratulations and well done to the current committee.

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

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Re: Report 21/1/15

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