Weekly Report 27/2/09

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Weekly Report 27/2/09

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:19 pm

Offshore: While the water in close remains affected by the recent rains, the temperature is good and the fishing equally so. Bonito, tailor, mac tuna and some rat yellowfin tuna have all been taken on metal lures at places like Latitude Rock, Snapper Rock and the Graveyard. The FAD now seems to be back in its correct position and of course is holding mahi mahi. I've said it before, if you want to catch the very best of the mahi mahi take the time to catch a tank full of live slimy mackerel. Pillies and cut baits will work, but a live slimy has no peer. Bottom fishing has produced some nice snapper and trag. Last weekend saw some outstanding cobia and kingfish activity at Seal Rocks. Small black marlin were reported around the reef known as the New Ground.
Beaches: Some increased activity over the last week has given hope to those long-suffering beach anglers. Seven Mile Beach has produced some tailor and the occasional bream worth writing home about. Whiting are still around, but the number of small fish you'll catch will far exceed those of legal length. Several people have reported schools of mullet moving along the beaches. These have no doubt been flushed out of the Hunter River or Port Stephens systems by the recent rains.
Rocks: No reports yet of any noteworthy LBG captures but the traditional rockhopper has had a field day on some excellent bream. Blackfish are also said to be in numbers.
Estuary: The second half of the run-out tide continues to send torrents of dirty water down the channel and out to sea. Mulloway activity is almost non-existent, but the bream are everywhere in that murky water. Schools of baitfish have been forced into the lower parts of the system by the runoff and several people reported mac tuna feeding on these on the run-in tide. Some of these tuna even ended up working inside the Forster boat harbour. Flathead and whiting are still to be caught, but you need to give a bit of thought to the tides and where the runoff water is coming from before you head out on the lake.
Lloyd Campbell, Great Lakes Tackle 6554 9541

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