21/6/06 Weekly Report

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
Ph: 02 6583 8318
jas.ned@bigpond.com
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21/6/06 Weekly Report

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Jun 21, 2006 12:12 pm

On the beaches, bream numbers have been excellent, particularly off North Beach where several bag-limit catches of quality fish have been taken. The only barrier has been the rough seas, with conditions ruling out all but the more protected corners on most days. With one of the best tide and lunar phases now with us, this weekend will be well getting some sand between the toes. Tailor remain excellent with North Beach and the lower end of Lighthouse producing better than average fish. Lures, pilchards or the increasingly popular whitebait are all worth a go. Still a few mulloway hanging around when you can get at them, with fresh tailor the bait of choice for the better class of fish although live worms should not be overlooked, particularly when conditions make fishing slab baits awkward. Salmon numbers are also picking up and it is only a matter of time before they again become pests through sheer numbers.
Off the rocks, tailor action has been as good as we have seen for several years, with most ledges producing quality fish. Morning and evening sessions have been productive, with the average fish better than a kilo and fish up to around 5 kilos not uncommon. Lighthouse and Nobbys have been the pick of locations, although the rough seas have ruled out some of the more exposed ledges most days. Bream numbers have been excellent north of Port with Point Plomer and Big Hill producing well, while the more protected local gutters yielded some top quality blackfish during the bigger seas last weekend. Drummer numbers are also picking up despite many of the traditional locations containing far more sand than we would like to see, but I expect further improvement once the rough seas and stirred-up sand settle.
In the estuary, blackfish have at long last began to show up with some consistency with both breakwalls beginning to fire. Bream have also shown a marked improvement and, like the blackfish, the walls and lower estuary have been the places to be. This weekends tides should prove excellent for those keen on chasing a few bream after dark, with mullet or blackfish gut likely to achieve results. For those drifting during the day, a few good flathead remain quite active, with whitebait again proving the bait of choice. Offshore action during the past week has been limited due to the swells but those who have managed brief outings report mixed results including snapper, kingfish and plenty of better than average flathead. Leatherjackets are also beginning to become an issue, with a far better class of fish now getting about and making a mockery of standard terminal rigs. Make sure you have plenty of wire on board from now on, as if recent seasons are any guide, the masses are just about due to arrive.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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