Report 2/3/18

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 2/3/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:52 pm

Estuary: The past week has been a bit of a topsy turvy one here in the beautiful Great Lakes. Our beautiful run of clear, warm weather has taken a bit of a break as we head into Autumn. Earlier in the week we had to deal with a fairly stiff NE wind which had a terrible effect of the local water quality. Water temperatures dropped as low as 18 degrees and those summer-loving species became a little less active and harder to catch. With this nice southerly wind currently puffing away, water temps will be back up around the 24 degree mark in no time and this coming weekend should be a beauty! Flathead and Whiting should dominate catches once again as they become more active with the increasing temperature. Schools of Bream are also everywhere in the lower parts of the system and there are some absolute crackers amongst them. For those chasing a tasty feed, there have been good numbers of Leatherjacket along most of the rock walls and local jetties. The most successful fishermen for the week have been the crabbing brigade, most crabbers have reported great catches of both Blue Swimmers and Mud Crabs. With the crabs in such abundance please make sure you know your rules and regulations, just because you can catch well above your limit, don’t be tempted to take more than you should!

Beach and Rock: The NE winds that I eluded to earlier made life pretty tough for beach fishing as it pushed in loads of horrible red weed. It shouldn’t take too long for things to clear up again and I would say by Saturday the beaches will once again be fishing really well for Whiting, Bream, Dart and Tailor. The cat seems to be well and truly out of the bag as far as the land based game scene goes with reports of up to 20 fishermen crowding the more popular ledges, even on weekdays! Longtail Tuna are definitely about now as are big Cobia, Black Marlin, Kingfish, Tailor and Bonito. Such an amazing time of the year, as well as these speedsters there have also been some good Drummer, Luderick and Bream hanging about the washes amongst the debris left behind by the little bit of swell that we have had.

Offshore: Even with the NE wind that we copped earlier in the week the offshore fishing continues to pump along nicely. The water did drop a lot in temperature over Sunday/Monday however it has rebounded nicely and is sitting at 21-22 degrees, easily warm enough for the silver speedsters we all love chasing. The inshore reefs are holding some cracking fish at the moment, it’s a real mixed bag ranging from Mulloway to 26kg on the bottom through to Mackerel, Cobia, Kingfish, Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna in the upper levels of the water column. The bottom fishing continues to tick along, while there have been no outstanding reports, most boats have managed to fill the Esky with smallish Snapper to 3kg, Teraglin, the odd Pearl Perch and loads of nice, fat Flathead.

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