Report 10/11/17

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Report 10/11/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:01 pm

Estuary: As we steam on closer to Summer the fishing in Wallis Lake just continues to get better and better. With water temperatures on the rise so too is fish activity. Flathead are a great species to target over the next few months and they are providing some great fun and food for locals and visitors alike. If you have never caught a fish on a lure, catching Flathead on soft plastic lures is very easy and a much more productive method of targeting them. Once you master catching Flathead on lures you will then be ready to move on to the harder to fool species that live in the estuary such as Bream and Whiting. While a lot of people consider cooler months of the year to be the best for Bream, I reckon it’s hard to beat a busy surface session on big bream over the Oyster Leases or weed beds. The nice big high tides and clear water that is associated with the Summer months is perfect for swimming stick baits and poppers over these areas and sand flats, its these areas that the large majority of fish utilise when searching for food. Trumpeter Whiting are still about in good numbers and they continue to be of a really good size. The big bruisers that lurk about the breakwalls, the Kingfish and Mulloway, have been very consistent over the last couple of months. It would seem the Kingfish may have thinned out a little but there are definitely some resident fish there that can still be targeted. Fishing with live baits or large soft plastics is the key to success.

Beaches: Following on from last week, the beach fishing scene is definitely firing up (when the weather and sea plays the game). There are more and more Whiting being caught off the beaches along with some cracking Bream. I have not heard of any Tailor being caught this week which is a bit of a sign that things are changing. Any good looking gutters are worth a shot for a Mulloway at this time of the year, a lot of fish should have moved back into the beaches now and they are absolute suckers for nice big juicy Beach Worm!

Rocks: The rock fishing scene is still just simmering along, waiting for things to happen. I was lucky enough to spend a few days up at Hat Head this week and I am happy to report that the water up there is absolutely alive with fish! Small Mack Tuna and Bonito were everywhere, so thick in fact that they were even entering the small creek that runs in behind the caravan park. This is a great sign of things to come, hopefully it will only be a couple of weeks and we will start to see some great action. Small Mack Tuna and big Bonito on Bream gear is awesome fun!

Offshore: The weather conditions continue to challenge the offshore enthusiasts. On the days that the wind and sea play the game, the fishing is really good out there. Those reefs situated in 35-70m are all worth a try, the Snapper seem to be very well spread out at the moment and most boats are managing to find a few. There have been some reports of some big Mahi Mahi or Dolphinfish starting to hang about the Lobster traps to the south so if the water is 21 degrees or more and you see a fish trap of some floating debris definitely have a few exploratory casts!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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