Report 8/3/19

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Report 8/3/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:58 pm

Estuary: The warm, shallow waters of Wallis Lake have continued to fish very well over the past week. For most, Flathead remain the main target species and can be caught fairly easily throughout the lower reaches of the system (towards the mouth). Drifting along the edges of Oyster Leases and sand banks throwing 3-4” soft plastics is by far the most effective way of finding the fish and once you find a school you should be able to catch enough for a feed in no time. Please remember to look after and release the bigger fish where possible and only keep what you need. Sand Whiting have also been good over the last week with some really nice fish being taken on surface lures. The schools of Whiting are spread throughout the system at the moment with good fish being caught down around the bridge and the back of the rockpool towards the mouth of the Lake right up to the flats around Green Point and Regatta Island further up. The best part about targeting Whiting on the sand flats at this time of the year is that you just never know what might turn up, one local angler was amazed when he landed a small Cobia earlier in the week! The weed beds are full of Bream at the moment down around Coomba Park and Wallis Island, the local lure fishermen have been having a ball catching fish after fish using all sorts of techniques. The fish are not huge, most ranging from 20cm through to about 35cm, however there is the odd 40cm brute amongst them!

Beach and Rock: The local beaches have been fishing well this week. Tailor have been fairly easy to find along 7 Mile and 9 Mile Beaches early in the morning with some better than average fish being taken down around Booti. The water is nice and warm at the moment so most beaches are holding a lot of Whiting, 9 Mile Beach produced a few fish up over 40cm earlier in the week. In between the Whiting have been a lot of smaller Bream and the odd nice Flathead. The local stones continue to exist in a state of limbo really as the wind continues to blow predominately from the NE. We did score a couple of good days earlier in the week and they did wonders for the local water quality and fishing with a few reports of good fish finally showing up off the rocks. However, the NE winds look to have returned now and that really nice water may not be around for long. Instead we will probably be more focussed on fishing the washes for Drummer, Bream and Tailor which have all be very good this week. Black Drummer in particular have been very thick this week and there’s some absolute brutes sneaking about, two local blokes managed to pull 8 fish out of a pool down south earlier in the week, the biggest went 6.5kg and the smallest was 3kg!

Offshore: The wind has made things a little difficult for the offshore angler this week. On the better days, the fishing has been great. The FAD has finally decided to kick in and is surrounded by loads of Mahi Mahi, most fish are undersize but there are plenty of legal fish up to 80cm among them. They have been very willing so far and just about any offering will be scoffed down. Closer in, there have been plenty of Bonito, Mack Tuna, the odd Longtail Tuna and Cobia terrorizing the huge bait schools which is a great sign of things to come. The bottom fishing has been a little hit and miss this week, anglers have been able to get a good bag of fish most days but have definitely had to work for it, often filling the Esky with Flathead on the way home to save the day!

Have a great weekend!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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