Report 31/8/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 31/8/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:02 am

Estuary: The local Estuary fishing continues to be dominated by Luderick, Bream and Flathead. The Luderick have been a little temperamental over the past week, however even on the quiet days anglers are still managing to catch more than enough for a feed. It has not been unusual over the last week for fishermen to reach their bag limits within an hour! Bream remain very much down the front of the system with only a few reports of fish being caught any further up than Coomba Park. Fishing soft plastics and unweighted baits into just about any of the Oyster Leases in the lower half of the estuary should yield a few cracking fish, there’s plenty about that are well and truly above that magic 1kg mark! There are still huge schools of Silver Trevally moving in and out of the system and most are of a decent size, they will greedily take any small baitfish or grub style soft plastic and are great fun on light gear. The local Kingfish schools continue to steadily grow in numbers as they get ready to spawn and there has been a marked increase in hook ups over the past week or so!

Beach and Rock: The local beaches are on fire at the moment! Tailor continue to school up in big numbers along 7 Mile Beach and Celito Beach, and I am happy to report that there has finally been a little bit of Tailor action on the north end of 9 Mile as well! Those wishing to turn their attention to soaking a worm or Pipi should be pleasantly surprised by a few nice sized Whiting, plenty of Bream and plagues of small Dart (plus there is always a chance of a Mulloway!). The rock platforms continue to tick on through their winter phase with most anglers still focusing on Black Drummer, Bream and Luderick. The rough conditions we have had of late have been perfect for chasing Drummer. Time your trip for a day or two after the swell event hits their peak and fish lightly weighted baits in the wash, you should have no problems at all finding a fish or two! Like always, fish smart and sensibly. If it’s too dangerous don’t risk it and never fish the rocks alone! There has also been the odd nice Kingfish being hooked off the rocks to the south, one angler fought one about 15kg all the way to the rocks only to have it bust him up at his feet…..typical Kingfish fight lol!

Offshore: Unfortunately, there has not been too much action outside over the past week. From the few reports that I did receive, there are a few Snapper in shallow but it’s still relatively quiet when compared with what we all expect at this time of the year. Those deeper reefs in 40-80m still seem to be fishing better despite the ever-present Leatherjacket brigade! Fingers crossed for a bit of a reprieve from the winds we have had lately so that more people can get out for a look!
Have a great weekend!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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