Report 9/3/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 9/3/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:44 pm

Estuary: The local estuaries continue to fish really well, despite the less than perfect weather we have had over the past week. Wallis Lake is absolutely alive with baitfish at the moment and predatory species are very active and in excellent condition. Flathead are still very prominent throughout the lower reaches of the system and are, like always, falling for all sorts of lures. In saying that though, with all the Herring that are in the system it’s no surprise that freshly caught Herring fished live or as strip baits are definitely keeping up with their artificial counterparts. Fresh Herring is also the current bait of choice for those chasing some of the big Bream that have invaded the lower sections of the estuary. With two Bream fishing competitions on over the coming weekend, it will be very interesting to see what bags the competitors come up with and where they catch the fish at. The surface action continues to pop along nicely which is no surprise with the amount of bait about. Bream, Whiting and Flathead are about in good numbers over most sand flat/weed bed areas and are hitting just about any surface offering thrown at them, it truly is the best time of the year to be having a crack at lure fishing if you haven’t tried it before.

Beach and Rock: The local beaches have been fishing surprisingly well over the past week or so. Tailor are a little patchy but are of a really good size with fish of 2-3kg being fairly common if you can find them. Most gutters are holding good numbers of Bream and Whiting which can be tempted quite easily using a bit of Beach Worm or Pipi. Mulloway are definitely about in decent numbers and should only thicken up along the coastline over the next few months as they move in off the inshore reefs. The beaches to the north seem to be the better option at the moment but I have no doubt that there’s the odd fish to the south as well. The rock fishing scene is now all about the land based game fishing side of things. Tuna and Cobia are about in really good numbers so now is the time to dig out the live baiting gear and set the alarm clock. Along with the big draw cards, the rocks are also producing some cracking Bream, the odd Tailor and more than a few good Mulloway.

Offshore: It has been a real challenge to get offshore for a fish over the last week. Those that managed to sneak out earlier in the week had mixed results. The shallower ground around the 30-40m seems to be fishing better than the deeper areas which are being hammered by current. Small Snapper, Pearl Perch, Teraglin and Flathead have dominated most reef fish catches. The FAD is still fishing good for Mahi Mahi with fish ranging in size from 50cm ‘rats’ through to 12kg Bulls. Marlin are still about in good numbers, particularly to the south with the odd Yellowfin Tuna, Mackerel and Sailfish thrown into the mix.

Have a great weekend. Happy Fishing!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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