Report 6/10/17

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Report 6/10/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:32 pm

Estuary: Wallis Lake has been an absolute wonderland for the hordes of visitors that have made the Great Lakes area their temporary home over the past two weeks. Trumpeter Whiting have settled in throughout most of the deeper areas of the Lake now and have made for some entertaining fishing for the younger kids and those anglers that know how tasty these little guys are! The technique is fairly simple, a basic paternoster rig with a size 6 or 8 longshank hook baited with a bit of Beach Worm or soft plastic worm lure fished on the drift through a likely looking channel. Flathead continue to hang about in fairly good numbers, though anglers commented that finding them took a little work over the busy long-weekend period. The lower parts of the lake seem to be holding more fish than the upper reaches, places like ‘the Step’ and the back of Lani’s caravan park as well as up around the northern end of Wallis Island are all worth a look. Bream have been a little finicky with the super clear water that we have had recently, tossing crankbaits and surface lures up over the sand flats and weed beds will yield results for the lure fishermen while drifting Mullet Strips, Prawns or Pillies into the Oyster Leases should find a few fish for the bait soakers!

Beaches: With the beaches now clean of what was an absolute plague of Pilchards and Sharks, hopefully things might return to some sort of normality now. From the reports that have filtered through this week, the local strips of sand have been a little tough to fish. While there is plenty of good water to fish there aren’t a lot of quality fish getting caught. There are some Tailor getting about however there is very little size amongst them, a few fish of 40cm but mainly 25-30cm models. Diamond Beach has delivered on the Mulloway front as is often the case. Visiting anglers were delighted when they managed two fish (one at 80cm and one at 87cm) over two consecutive nights earlier in the week, their bait of choice was the humble old salted Pilchard! Some pockets of water, particularly to the south, are holding good numbers of Bream with the odd stonker Whiting thrown in to the mix.

Rocks: The local rocks continue to be a fairly challenging option. For the lure tossers, there are schools of Mack Tuna, Bonito and the odd Kingfish lurking about, hopefully over the next few weeks this activity will only increase and the game season gets closer. There is still the odd Drummer and Groper being caught in the washes but you definitely have to work for them!

Offshore: The offshore scene has been very consistent over the past week. There were a few tough days consisting of very little wind and next to no current. While the fish are there they can be very tough to catch on these dead calm days! In saying that though, even on the slow days, boats still managed to return with great bags of fish. Teraglin are really thick on the reefs to the north, Shane from Forster Sport and Game had a cracking evening on them last night and commented that the bite was quite slow right up until dusk and then the fish came in thick and fast! Snapper are about in ok numbers with the odd fish around that 4kg mark being taken along with some nice Pearl Perch. The Sand Flathead have been really solid over the School Holidays, it seems as though you can fish just about anywhere in 40-60m and find more than enough for a feed.

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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