Report 17/5/19

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Report 17/5/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon May 20, 2019 10:21 am

Estuary: The last week has been absolutely sublime here in the beautiful Great Lakes. Perfect weather, warm water and loads of fish to be caught! In the estuary things remain very steady with good catches of Bream, Flathead, Luderick and Whiting all being reported. Flathead are being caught all over the place at the moment, the bigger fish seem to be still hanging about down towards the mouth of the system however the anglers that have reported catching good numbers of fish have all been fishing up a bit further around places like Wallis Island or up in the Wallamba River. Bream are also plentiful at the moment; most fish are hanging about in the lower reaches of the estuary along the rock walls and in the oyster leases. Unfortunately, while there are some really big fish amongst them, most fish caught have been 20-30cm, this should change over the next few weeks as more and more travelling fish settle into the schools. This week I have been bombarded with reports of anglers ‘bagging out’ on the local Luderick which is a great sign of things to come as its still fairly early in the season yet and the fishing should only improve from now on. One angler found himself very frustrated trying to find some local weed to use so thought that he would try some cabbage weed out and it worked a treat so don’t despair if you can’t find any string weed, just hit the beach and find yourself some cabbage! Once again, the mouth of the estuary has been firing over the past week. The break walls are holding big numbers of both Mulloway and Kingfish. In amongst the schools there are a lot of fish that are right on legal size or under, please be aware of your size and bag limits if you go chasing these species and PLEASE DON’T KEEP ANY UNDERSIZED FISH!

Beach and Rock: The beach fishing has been great this week. Tailor have improved markedly in both numbers and size, and are being caught each morning on most beaches with 7 Mile being the pick of the bunch. Mixed in with the Tailor are some very healthy Salmon which make for some great sport if you are fishing nice and light. Sitting under the schools of migrating Mullet, Tailor and Salmon are some big Bream that are only too happy to scoff up any bait offering that sinks too deep! The rocks are still offering a nice variety of fish at the moment, the pelagic scene has definitely slowed down now however there are still a few good Tuna about and the odd Cobia for those with their finger on the pulse. This years’ Drummer season is shaping up to be a cracker with a lot of really nice 40-50cm fish already getting caught, things should really heat up the next time we score a bit of swell along our coastline.

Offshore: Offshore fishing continues to tick along rather nicely as is often the case at this time of the year. Light winds and beautiful sunny days mean you can head offshore any day you like and do whatever type of fishing you desire. Snapper have been great up in the shallows, they will slow down a little over the full moon but you will still manage to get a handful most mornings and afternoons. Teraglin, Snapper and Flathead remain consistent on the deeper reefs and reef edges and the FAD is still fishing well for Mahi Mahi, it will however be removed at some point soon to make way for the Whales! With the weather that we have had all week it’s no surprise that there have been a lot of anglers in this week gearing up to head out wide over the weekend, the current shouldn’t be too bad out there and the sea should be calm so it will be very interesting to see how they go.

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