Report 13/4/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
Great Lakes Tackle
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 13/4/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:52 am

Estuary: Wallis Lake has been a little hit and miss this past week. Bream are about in fairly good numbers and many are of a really good size, for bait fishermen the better fish seem to be coming from the rock walls and oyster leases down the bottom of the lake. The lure fishermen though are telling a different story with the better fish being found over the flats and weed beds in the back sections of the lake. Flathead continue to fish very well for most, again the lure fishermen are out fishing most of the bait fanatics. Nice natural coloured plastics are working very well on the top of the tide, just as the tide begins to run out, however it doesn’t take long for that nice clear water to turn brown and then it’s time to tie on something a bit brighter like a pearl or chartreuse colour. Whiting are very hit and miss at the moment, while they are there in decent numbers the water quality and temperature is not quite where they like it. The best results have come from around the bridge on the top of the tide using beach worms.

Beach and Rock: The local beaches have been fishing fairly well over the last week. Tailor have been the focus for most and there is plenty about. Fishing early and late in the day is the key and at these times any likely looking gutter should produce a few nice 30-50cm fish. Rock fishing has been a bit hit and miss this week. There have been some very nice Cobia and Tuna landed earlier in the week but most days have been tough as the fish have been sitting too far off the rocks and then if any fish do hook up they are quickly taken by the local shark population!

Offshore: Even though we have had a few rough days where no boats could get out, the offshore fishing has been on fire over the past week. It’s no secret that we have had an insane run of Mackerel this year and most boats have been firmly focussed upon these silver speedsters. Fish can be found on almost any bit of inshore reef and can be taken trolling live baits or floating pilchards. The beauty of anchoring and floating baits is that if any baits manage to drift down below the mackerel you have a really good chance of hooking some nice big Snapper. Such was the case for local young gun Josh Trotter who manages to snare an 11kg Snapper on his Mackerel gear! The FAD is holding some big Mahi Mahi at the moment if you time it right, they can be a little fussy though so make sure you take a few live baits out with you just in case!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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