30/5/06 Weekly Report

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
Ph: 02 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com
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30/5/06 Weekly Report

Post by Tony Zann » Wed May 31, 2006 10:10 am

Reports from the estuaries indicate there are plenty of bream and blackfish in the lower reaches but the crystal-clear water has made the fish difficult to tempt. Best results on the bream have been at night with live yabbies and mullet gut proving the better baits. Limeburners, the coal wall and both of the breakwalls are worth a go. Those fishing around the weed beds at night with yabbies have also been scoring better catches of blackfish. Flathead continue to be excellent and show few signs of slowing down. Further upstream, some bumper whiting have been taken from around Rawdon Island and up the Maria, while keen crabbers report a few muddies remain on offer from similar locations.
Off the beaches, bream numbers are slowly picking up but the full spawning run has not commenced. Lighthouse is producing plenty of choppers most afternoons. Last weekend saw some terrific action, with the baitfish and diving birds as thick as has been seen for many years. North Beach has also been producing tailor. While not quite holding the numbers of Lighthouse, the quality has certainly been excellent with fish over 2kg common. Still a few mulloway around but those chasing them report plenty of small sharks after dark, making a mess of standard beach tackle. Red weed remains an issue on most beaches but it is a day-to-day proposition depending on the wind and currents.
Off the rocks, tailor catches are excellent with Point Plomer, Hat Head and around Lighthouse fishing well. Also encouraging are increasing reports of drummer. Time to dust off the Alvey and double-strength hooks and stock up with plenty of abalone gut. Bream have been a little quiet, although a few nice bags have been taken from around Miners and Lighthouse at night.
Offshore fishing has been quite good with numbers of pearl perch and a few solid snapper close off Plomer and Lake Cathie. Wider out, some big kingfish have been making a mockery of 24kg and making the 7-8 kilo fish seem tame. Live slimies have been the bait of choice. We can confirm the NSW Fisheries FAD has indeed gone. Let’s hope Fisheries continues this project and a replacement is deployed for next season.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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