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Report 18/5/17

Post by subeditor » Thu May 18, 2017 3:07 pm

The weather is finally cooling down, especially in the early mornings with the constant SSE winds the whiting will be along the beaches in no time. We have already started to see the odd nice one being caught, along with plenty of flathead haunting around the sand gutters. Fresh local prawns are the pick of the baits, if you had access to a yabbie pump and were able to catch a few fresh yabbies on low tide, it will be hard for the whiting to go past. Don’t be afraid to drop your leader size down to 10-12lb fluorocarbon leader, your success rate will increase dramatically. Another great way to target whiting and flathead is to use smaller poppers and stickbaits, this will generally work a lot better when the beaches are a lot calmer. Jackson lures have what might be the most successful hard body to catch whiting on the ‘ebi panic’, with its trailing stinger hooks, they have a great hook up rate for a surface lure.

There has been a lot of bait inshore and around the headlands and the back sides of the islands, and the queenfish have been around in huge numbers, there have been some very solid fish amongst them around the 1m mark. Small metal slices and smaller stick baits always work well, with a spin outfit casting into the bait schools chasing queenies. With all the bait around, during the small glimpses of fishable weather, the boats headed out onto the mack patches and around the headlands and have seen increased number of Spanish mackerel around. When the tides don’t have a lot of run in them, and marking a school of bait down deep on the sounder, try dropping small metal slices and bumper bar lures to get a bite out of the mackerels hanging off the bait schools, in these instances when they’re not coming up to either trolled baits or hard bodies.
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In the creeks along the shallows and sand bar ledges the grunter have been out in force chasing the ample schools of herring and smaller gar kicking around the creeks lately. Soft vibe style lures have been working a treat whilst targeting grunter on lures can prove frustrating at times. We have found the best way to fish for grunter with bait, is using fresh slabbed garfish on a circle hook rig, tied off with no more than 20lb fluorocarbon leader and mono mainline, utilizing a reel such as the shimano batirunners will prove highly beneficial to catch the often weary larger grunters.
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