Report 9/2/18

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Report 9/2/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:41 pm

Estuary: Once again we have been very spoilt here in the Great Lakes over the past week. Light southerly winds have kept things nice and stable and not overly hot. They have also made for perfect fishing conditions. The estuary continues to fire in much the same fashion as it has for the last couple of months. Flathead remain the focus for most and they seem to be absolutely everywhere! The bait fishermen are having great success using Whitebait and Mullet strips, while the soft plastic enthusiasts are preferring grub-tailed lures over the shads. Bream are also about in huge numbers at the moment with some huge fish being taken on big baits intended for Mulloway off the break walls. Any Bream that can be hooked on a 5/0 must be a stonker! For those wanting to have a go at top water estuary luring, the big high tides we have had of late have been perfect. With these big tides and nice warm water, you almost can’t miss on surface at the moment so why not give it a crack next time you are out on the water.

Beach and Rock: While there have not been too many reports filter through from the rocks, the local beaches are fishing really well! It doesn’t really matter which beach you want to fish, as long as you can find a decent gutter, all beaches are producing quality Bream and Whiting, along with the odd Flathead. Mulloway and some unseasonably big Tailor have been fairly good off 9 Mile Beach and 7 Mile Beach. It truly is an amazing time of the year now with masses of baitfish being pushed in hard against our coastline by pelagic predators. Practically anything can turn up and this was evidenced yesterday by two Black Marlin that were seen cruising along Main Beach in the heart of Forster! These same bait balls are also being pushed in against the local rock platforms and while the Land Based Game scene is yet to kick off in earnest, it is definitely worth soaking a live bait off the rocks!

Offshore: The reef fishing offshore was really good up until the big full moon that we had at the start of the month. Since then things have been steady but not sensational. Teraglin have been the standout species over the past week, most fish are of a good size and they seem to be biting right through until mid-morning on most reefs. Snapper have been about in good numbers; however, most are barely legal or undersized. The same can be said for the local Pearl Perch population! The FAD is finally firing, and so it should as we saw water temps exceed 25 degrees during the week! There seems to be an endless supply of Mahi Mahi there at the moment ranging in size from just legal to about 12kg! To secure yourself one of the bigger models, live baits are all but essential as is being the first (or last!) boat there for the day. The local Game Fishing scene is in full swing now with huge numbers of Marlin (mainly Black but some striped as well) sitting on bait balls in very close proximity to land. Amongst the Marlin has also been the odd Sailfish, Mackerel and Yellowfin Tuna.

Happy Fishing!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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