Report 30/7/15

Jason and Virginia Isaac
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Report 30/7/15

Post by subeditor » Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:36 pm

In the estuary, blackfish remain consistent with some cracking fish well over a kilo taken from most parts of the lower reaches over the last week. Greenweed, cabbage and weed flies have all been successful, however patience has been the key as the bite time from one day to the next has varied throughout the tide phase. On the bream front, the break walls have produced a few reasonable fish together with a lot of undersized models. By all reports a better grade of fish has been found up river on both baits and lures. A similar story on the flathead front, with reasonable numbers of fish about, but plenty of juveniles mixed in with better quality fish. I suppose this is not a bad sign when you think about it. On the mulloway front, the moon and tides this week are terrific, and as such I would expect plenty of lures and live baits will be deployed in the lower reaches of the Hastings, hopefully with good results. We have also had a couple of reports of large kingfish being sighted around the Lady Nelson wharf and break wall areas. As such, a well presented live bait could lead to an exciting encounter if they stick around.

On the beaches at present, there have been some terrific bream on offer to over a kilo, with the beaches south of Port again faring best. Mulloway and tailor numbers have also been solid, with terrific tides for chasing the larger models of both species beginning earlier this week. Tailor and bonito slabs would both be highly recommended weapons of choice. Those throwing pillies and worms have also been snaring the odd salmon, although not in the numbers to impact targeting the more palatable species.

Of the rocks, consistent reports on drummer have again come in, with Point Perpendicular giving up some nice bags over the past week, whilst locally, Flagstaff and Miners have both produced fish. Many pig enthusiasts are reporting far better results on cunjevoi this season rather than large prawns, which had been the bait of choice over recent years. Blackfish numbers remain solid with most headlands containing good numbers of well conditioned fish. On the bream front, Point Plommer and Big Hill have both proven productive, whilst locally, the washes around Lighthouse and Blueface have been worth a look after dark or at first light. On the tailor front, there have been some cracking greenbacks around as is often the case at this time of year, and particularly around the full moon. Pilchards, garfish, bonito slabs and lures have all been successful in varying degrees. There are also plenty of groper around pretty well all headlands at present, and with August renowned for the odd westerly and flat sea, the next few weeks are prime time if you really want to test out both your arms, spine and equipment.

Offshore results have been basically the same as per the last few weeks, i.e. Excellent numbers of snapper in close on both baits and lures, and reasonable numbers of jackets out wide. Apart from these, the cooler waters have seen morwong numbers pick up noticeably, however the odd pearl perch, teraglin and other assorted reef species are also on offer.

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

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