Report 8/6/18

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Report 8/6/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:28 am

Estuary: Despite the horrible weather we have had over the past week, the estuary is actually fishing quite good. As can be expected at this time of the year, Bream are about in force and plenty are being caught throughout the system using all manner of techniques. The local Luderick brigade are having fun along the break walls with the end of Forster wall producing the majority of the fish, those with boats have reported that the oyster leases in the lower end of the system such as ‘the Paddock’ and the bridge pylons are also choc a block full of nice big ‘bronzies’. Flathead continue to tick along even though its cooling off however most that are caught through the winter months are caught as ‘by-catch’ while chasing other species. If you do want to target them specifically, aim to fish about areas where the water may be a little warmer than anywhere else (eg shallow areas with low flow). Kingfish continue to make a pest of themselves with the local Bream fishermen and seem to be popping up all over the place, these fish should only increase in numbers (and size!) as the weather cools off, hitting their peak in September/October.

Beach and Rock: Big seas made it a little hard to fish the beaches that had been fishing good previously, however even with the rough conditions 7 Mile Beach in particular continued to produce some really impressive Tailor. The southern corners of most beaches have been fishable on most days and nearly all are holding good numbers of big Bream, the odd Flathead and Tailor. Interestingly, one fishermen reported having a really good session on Whiting and Bream fishing next to the breakwall on Tuncurry Beach using Beach Worms. One big positive that came out of the big southerly weather event that we have just had is that it pushed some really clean and fairly warm (21-22 degree) water in close. For a few land-based guys with their finger on the pulse this has meant that they have enjoyed the best part of a whole week of a fairly consistent Tuna bite. With huge schools of Garfish and other baitfish littering the coastline still I wouldn’t be surprised if these speedsters hang about for a little bit longer yet! Otherwise, the washes are fishing very well for large Bream and Drummer, and solid Tailor can easily be spun up with metal lures off most platforms.

Offshore: Reports haven't been too crash hot with not many fish and lots of southerly current under a southerly wind! Very tough conditions to fish in indeed. However, the next few days are looking good. Snapper should be about in big numbers just about everywhere be it in 10m or 50m. Those deeper reefs will also be holding good numbers of Teraglin and Pearl Perch, and I would say the good old Flathead grounds will get a good work out as well. Dropping live baits on the inshore reefs or even the break wall channel could be a good option for those wishing to chase something a little bigger with plenty of large Kingfish and Mulloway sneaking about.

Luke Austin.
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