Report 30/4/15

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 30/4/15

Post by subeditor » Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:18 pm

On the beaches, the mullet are now travelling with hopefully a few lucky enough to reach their destination. Usually this signifies the commencement of the best action of the season for other targeted species. Bream numbers have been increasing, with Lighthouse and to a lesser degree North Beach beginning to produce consistent results. Also noted has been a gradual increase in the average size of the fish, with fish to around a kilo now beginning to show up. Tailor remain solid in the few deeper gutters that remain after last week’s big swell, while the tides at present are terrific for chasing mulloway. Still plenty of nice whiting down Lake Cathie way, with live worms fished on the shallow sand spits during the run up tide a deadly combination.

Off the rocks, tailor remain consistent however dawn or dusk is a must. Blackfish also remain excellent, with virtually any ledge worth a go, whilst bream numbers and quality have also begun to pick up. On the drummer front, reports are most encouraging for this time of year, with quite a few ledges around Plomer and Big Hill already worth a look. Hopefully we could be in for a cracker pig season once the water begins to cool. From a land based game perspective, longtail tuna remain viable targets from the favoured ledges and should remain so for a few weeks yet at least.

In the estuary, bream numbers are improving, with the breakwalls beginning to produce consistent hauls of fish. Best results have been around the change of tide which is to be expected given the big variations from high to low over the past week. Live yabbies, gut baits and fresh mullet have been the pick of the baits. Flathead numbers remain reasonable, with the better results continuing to come from areas downstream of the Dennis Bridge, whilst Lake Cathie is still the place to be if you are after some tasty whiting. In the Hastings, blackfish are improving with great results one day yet average the next. Once the water cools a further degree or two, look for a little more consistency. With greenweed scarce at this early stage of the season, best results have been achieved on cabbage, however those persisting with artificial weed are beginning to see good results as well. On the mulloway front, now is the time of year to chase the larger models from the lower reaches. The tides and moon are just about perfect at present, with live mullet as you would guess the bait of choice.

On the offshore scene, results over the past week have again been mixed. Barries Bay is still producing the odd mackerel and cobia, while the FAD and wider trap buoys are still holding mahi mahi. Bottom fishing however has been average with most punters waiting for the water to cool a few degrees and hopefully things will pick up. Not that it matters at the moment however, with our main boat ramp once again commandeered for the best part of a week, for purposes other than what it was implemented for. Yes I know there are other ramps in town, but these are either totally unsuitable for most larger vessels, or offer vehicle and trailer modification services while you’re out on the water.

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

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Re: Report 30/4/15

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