Report 19/1/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Report 19/1/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:22 pm

Estuary: The Summer bliss that we have been experiencing of late decided to take a short break for the majority of this week as we were hammered by a fresh southerly weather pattern. Cool temperatures and strong winds made fishing very difficult, however those that decided to brave the elements and hit the estuary reported some fairly consistent fishing. The only way to fish comfortably was to find a nice spot on the northern side of an island and give it your best. Flathead dominated catches for most with the odd nice Bream, Leatherjacket and Whiting thrown in to the mix. Sand Whiting are about in great numbers now, a short walk over the bridge will give you an idea of just how thick they are. Its looking as though this weekend and the week to follow are going to be absolutely perfect with great tides and plenty of sunshine. Get out there and throw some plastics and poppers about, you’re almost guaranteed to find a fish or two at this time of the year!

Beach and Rock: As one could imagine, the beach and rock fishing scene has been all but non-existent this past week! In the aftermath of the big seas and southerly winds that we have had, those fishing the wash zones as the swell drops should find some great Bream, Drummer, Luderick and Tailor. Looking forwards the southerly should leave us with much cleaner, possibly warmer water that will hopefully deliver a few Tuna and other pelagics to our doorsteps…fingers crossed!

Offshore: Similar to the above, the local offshore scene was greatly hindered by the big seas and bad weather for the majority of the week. Prior to the change in weather boats were reporting some great catches. The Snapper ‘bit their heads off’ just before the southerly hit with one local charter operator landing 37 fish along with a handful of Teraglin, Pearl Perch and one stonking big John Dory. Early reports post-southerly are very promising, Shane from Forster Sport and Game Charters is on his way back in as I type with a great mixed bag, once again dominated by Snapper to 4kg. The water quality has definitely improved and with it have also come a few more Mahi Mahi out on the FAD, it will be game on now for the local Marlin brigade that’s for sure!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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