Report 20/4/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
Great Lakes Tackle
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 20/4/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:02 am

Estuary: We have definitely seen a shift in the seasons here in the Great Lakes over the past week. Both air and water temperatures have dropped a little and this will in turn have a significant impact on how we all fish and what we all fish for in the estuary. Flathead are still about in fairly good numbers; however, they are nowhere near as active as they were a few weeks ago so it will pay to slow your retrieves down a little when lure fishing and think about adding some sort of scent to entice the bite. Live baits such as Herring or Poddy Mullet will come into their own now as things slow down. Bream are really starting to school up now along the beaches and break walls so it looks like we will have a really good run of those big blue nosed fish that we all love to tangle with. If you want to chase a few now, focus your attention on drifting unweighted or lightly weighted baits along the rock walls or into the leases in the lower part of the system. The same areas are now holding some nice ocean run Luderick so it’s definitely time to pull out the old centre-pins!

Beach and Rock: The local beaches have been a delight to fish over the past week, in a way conditions have been a little too nice! Tailor are about in good numbers still and are of a good size. Bream, Whiting and Dart and holding in the better-looking gutters and can easily be fooled with a piece of beach worm or Pipi. Mulloway have been a little quiet on the beaches close to town, however those that have travelled up to Old Bar or Manning Point have been finding some quality fish to 30kg. Despite the drop in water quality along our coastline, the local rocks have been fishing really well. Longtail Tuna are still about in good numbers but have been sitting just a little too far out for most. Mack Tuna are still making a nuisance of themselves as are the local sharks. Now is a great time to chase a big Cobia off the stones and this week saw a few in that 20-25kg range landed, it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time with these sneaky buggers!

Offshore: Offshore fishing has been very hit and miss this week, the start of the week was still all about pelagics and there were loads of Spotted and the odd Spanish Mackerel caught. As the week ticked along we saw a massive drop in water quality and temperature which has changed things significantly. While the speedsters are still about, they are very hit and miss. The cool water temps will shift everyone’s focus to Snapper. The shallow inshore reefs have already begun to fire, they are holding huge numbers of Teraglin and some very healthy Snapper.

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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