Report 14/4/16

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Report 14/4/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:25 pm

In the estuary, a few solid bream have been on offer with the lower reaches around the coal wall and Limeburners producing the better results. Gut baits and yabbies have been the baits of choice. As in recent weeks, there have been plenty of juveniles in among the better fish, but I guess this is a positive sign for the future. Those fishing yabbies after dark in Limeburners are also scoring some terrific late season whiting, with there still being reports of fish over 500 grams. If you are after a bit of light line fun, garfish numbers are terrific in most parts of the system, with a small float, small hooks and either bread or peeled prawns for bait all that is needed. Mullet numbers continue to swell in the lower reaches in anticipation of their annual spawning run. Some have already gone but I suspect the next cool south westerly change will see a mass exodus. With the mullet there, the mulloway enthusiasts are licking their lips. We have already heard of a few nice fish around the 20kg mark being taken, with no doubt more to come over the next few weeks. On the crabbing scene, mud crab enthusiasts continue to enjoy terrific results, with both the Maria and around Rawdon Island well worth prospecting.

Off the beaches, North beach is still producing some nice bream and tarwhine, with pipis achieving good results. Those fishing after dark are scoring a few school mulloway with worms as usual the bait of choice. Tailor numbers are also quite solid, with the beaches south of Port continuing to produce the better results. While most are in the chopper class, the odd much better model is around. If you are keen on targeting a big greenback or two, the evening high tide leading up to the next full moon should be pencilled in on your calendar. Garfish, tailor fillets and even whole squid are all well received after dark by the better quality tailor.

Off the rocks, tailor numbers remain solid, with Plomer and surrounds in particular fishing well. Lighthouse locally is also worth a look. Bream and school mulloway are also on offer with those fishing the evening sessions enjoying the better results. On the land based game front, longtail tuna remain a viable target with Point Perpendicular remaining well patronised on most days. A few reasonable drummer are also rumoured be on offer around Diamond Head and Point Perpendicular which bodes well considering the water temperature remains quite warm.

Offshore, Barries Bay continues to produce the occasional mackerel although results have slowed significantly in line with the current. Wider out, trag rock has produced a few reasonable kingfish along with a few sampson fish and the odd teraglin. The reefs wide of the Lighthouse have also held good numbers of kingfish averaging around 6 kilos. Closer in off both Plomer and Lighthouse, snapper have been patchy with reasonable results one day and little the next. Look for improved results and more consistency once the water cools a few more degrees. Wider out, the FAD is still fishing well with plenty of mahi mahi and a few kingfish taken over the past week.

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

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