Report 16/2/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 16/2/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:38 am

Estuary: Wallis Lake continues to fish really well for all your typical species. Flathead are very thick and eager to feed which is great news for those wishing to learn how to catch fish on lures. Slowly working basically any 2.5”-4” soft plastic along the edge of an oyster lease or sand bank will see you pick up a fish or two. Sand Whiting are super active at the moment with this nice gin clear, warm water. You can fish absolutely any sand bank in the whole system at the moment and find fish, those fishing surface lures have reported some great action on the new Nomad Designs 70mm Dartwing. These lures are very new to the market but have already accounted for more than a few 40+cm Whiting here in the lake. Possible the biggest surprise at the moment is how prolific and healthy the Bream population within the lake is. There are loads and loads of fish lining the Breakwalls and Oyster leases in the lower end of the system, hopefully a sign of a really good season to come!

Beach and Rock: The local Beaches are a fisherman’s’ wonderland at the moment. Solid Tailor have provided hours of fun on the light gear for those fishing early in the day. Both Pillies and artificial offerings have been working a treat. If you can see the fish but can’t get them to bite your metal lure, it is always worth throwing a nice heavy popper over the school, normally a bit of commotion on the surface will be all it takes to turn the fish on. Bream and Whiting have been good as well for those wishing to soak a worm or pipi, while the night brigade have been hooking into more than a few Mulloway off the beaches to the north and south. The local rock ledges have now well and truly gone past the simmering stage. The Land Based Game season has now kicked off in earnest and it won’t be long before the first decent Tuna is caught. The rocks are littered with schools of Sea Garfish, Yellowtail and Slimy Mackerel so it is no surprise that there have been a few Cobia, Kingfish and other bits and pieces. It will be a very interesting next couple of weeks!

Offshore: The fishing offshore is fantastic at the moment. The reef fishing has started to improve again now and there have been some nice boxes of Snapper (only to 2kg or so), big Pearl Perch and really solid Teraglin (up to 74cm). However most fishermen have very little interest in chasing the demersal spercies this time of year due to the fact that there are so many Pelagic species on offer. The FAD is on fire at the moment and is holding good numbers of fairly solid Mahi Mahi or Dolphinfish. The inshore reefs are littered with baitfish and the predators that go with them. Marlin, Cobia, Mahi Mahi, Mack Tuna, Mulloway and the odd Mackerel have all been caught over the past week. Hopefully the swell that is forecast for Tuesday doesn’t put a stop to all the great fishing action!

Have a great weekend!

Luke Austin
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
Ph: 02 6554 9541
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