Report 16/3/18

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Report 16/3/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:39 am

Estuary: The piscatorial wonderland that is Wallis Lake has been fishing exceptionally well over the past week. Even with fishing pressure at its maximum limit(2 Bream competitions, recreational anglers and commercial net haulers), the fish are still about in great numbers and being caught hand over fist. One would assume that the Bream would be a little shy after seeing so many lures over the weekend, however this is far from true. In a short one hour session yesterday fishing with a 90mm Bassday Sugapen, we boated a dozen or so Bream all ranging in size from 30-40cm. All of our fishing was done between the Wallis Is airport jetty and Lani’s Holiday Park. As we crept onto the flats near Lani’s our bag diversified into some nice 4-50cm Flathead and a few big Whiting. The place was alive with activity, absolutely awesome fun! Flathead seem to be fairly well spread throughout the system at the moment with a lot of quality fish being taken on live Herring in the lower reaches and just as many being taken further up about The Cut and Wallis Island by the soft plastic fishermen. Whiting numbers are very good as well, unfortunately the massive schools consist of all sorts of sized fish. Schools of better fish seem to be a bit further up on the flats towards Pipers Bay, Green Point and Wallis Island.

Beach and Rock: On the days that have been fishable, the local Beaches have not been too bad. Mulloway still seem to be a little patchy with a couple of really good fish being reported form Diamond Beach but that’s about it. Tailor are still lingering about for the early risers and most schools are holding some nice 40-50cm models. Whiting and Bream continue to come out of pretty much any gutter on any beach along with the odd Dart and Flathead. Following on from last week, the local rock platforms are still boiling with fish. Unfortunately, the sea has been a little rough this week though so it has been very hard to fish safely and successfully. The nicer days have all produced quality Tuna, Cobia, Bonito, small Kingfish and even the odd Mackerel.

Offshore: Offshore fishing has been amazing over the past week. While we have certainly have not had the best of conditions, most mornings have been fishable. The FAD is holding huge numbers of Mahi Mahi, some of which have been very nice 10-14kg models. To the south, the inshore Black Marlin bite continues to rage on with some boats raising huge numbers of flags for their days’ fishing. Similar inshore grounds to the north have been holding some nice schools of Spotted and Spanish Mackerel as well as some very respectable Cobia, the biggest taken this week tipping the scales at 40kg! As if the current Pelagic fishery wasn’t good enough, the demersal fishing has been going gang busters as well! I have seen some great pics of Snapper to 7kg this week, with most boats easily reaching their bag limit. With the odd Teraglin, Pearl Perch, Pigfish, Nannygai and Flathead thrown into the mix, there is some great table fish on offer at the moment.

Have a great weekend. Happy Fishing!
Luke Austin.
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