Report 9/8/19

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 9/8/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:48 pm

Estuary: Wallis Lake just keeps on keeping on, we have been spoilt this year with some of the best winter fishing I have ever seen. Bream are still about down around the mouth of the estuary in massive numbers and it would seem some are still yet to spawn so they should be there for another couple of weeks yet. While the schools of fish are easy to see, catching them is not always an easy task. Fishing early and late in the day or at night definitely improves your chances, if you have no choice but to fish during the day, try to focus your efforts about the high tide. For me, the last of the run in is perfect! Luderick are also still very thick down around the rock walls, they have begun spreading out a little and can also be found further up into the lake but the greatest concentration of fish is definitely holding on the southern breakwall. The estuary mouth has been alive with solid Kingfish this week, the average fish caught down there seems to be sitting between 8 and 12kg which are really nice little fish and great fun to catch.

Beach and Rock: Our sandy stretches have been hit and miss this week. There are still some very nice Tailor about with most fish up over the 45cm mark, however they are very patchy. All week I have heard of anglers arriving at the beach and getting two fish within the first 10 minutes and then struggling to find anything else! 7 Mile Beach is holding lots of bream in the better gutters, a local reported that one afternoon he fished a nice gutter about half way along looking for Tailor and Salmon but found it was a Bream each cast instead! The rock ledges are still producing some cracking Drummer, Bream and Luderick along with the odd nice Tailor for the lure throwers. Interestingly, there have been a few Longtail Tuna taken by spearfishermen over the last week down around Nelsons Bay so you never know what may be cruising about the local headlands at the moment!

Offshore: This week has been unreal offshore. Snapper have been all over the inshore reefs in great numbers. The reefs sitting in 18-30m seem to be holding the most fish, the key is to find the fish on the sounder first. Once you locate a good show of fish you can either anchor up and fish floaters down over them or drift along tossing lightly weighted soft plastics. Both methods work great, particularly if you can do it early of late in the day, and should see you hitting your bag limit in no time. A pair of visiting anglers found some great fish up around Snapper Rock earlier in the week, they caught loads of fish up to 70cm all on soft plastics between 10 and 11am! The fishing further out has been fairly consistent as well, Phil from Reel Ocean Adventures put his clients onto a proper mixed bag of fish on Wednesday including some nice Bar Cod, Snapper, Pearl Perch, Flathead and of course the dreaded (but tasty) Leatherjackets!

Have a great weekend, rug up and stay warm!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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