Report 21/9/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 21/9/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:13 am

Estuary: Wallis Lake has had a bit of a mixed week this week. While the fishing is really good, the windy weather has made some days very uncomfortable out on the water. Luderick are still throughout the bottom of the lake in big numbers and are being caught very easily on the run-in tide along Forster breakwall and up into Breckenridge channel. I was lucky enough to fish the breakwall yesterday and once the water cleared I was amazed at just how big the school of Luderick was that sits on the end of the southern wall. Bream have well and truly spread themselves back out again now and can be caught just about anywhere, fishing the top of the tide will give you the best chance at snagging a few. Flathead continue to be caught hand over fist on soft plastics and soft vibes which is a great sign of what will hopefully be a very long and productive summer season! The general consensus is that you have to catch about 10 small fish before you see any keepers though.

Interestingly, there’s been a few quiet whispers of some early Whiting on poppers action up on the flats as the small prawns have started to become really active, if you happen to be out there at the top of a nice high tide in the middle of a warm day it may be worth a few prospecting casts with the good old SugarPen! As always, the mouth of the estuary is holding some nice Kingfish and Mulloway at the moment if you would like to try your hand at some heavy tackle madness, don’t be afraid to experiment when it comes to the Kings, some days it’s not always about getting the live baits out there.

Beach and Rock: The local beaches continue to track in much the same fashion as they have over the past few weeks. There is still some really nice Tailor cruising about with plenty of fish pushing up over the 2kg mark. Those beaches holding the better gutters have produced a few small school Mulloway to 12kg but there have not been too many people chasing them as far as I know. The bread and butter trifecta - Bream, Flathead and Whiting - have all been great along most beaches and can be caught fairly easily using Beach Worm or Pipi baits. Black Drummer are still about in good numbers and this week has seen enough unsettled weather to have them well and truly ‘on the chew’. As well as these hard fighting brutes, anglers have also found plenty of nice Bream, Luderick and the odd stud Tailor hanging about in the washes.

Offshore: I am very happy to report that things have definitely picked up offshore. Snapper catches have increased significantly this week in both numbers and size, most fish have been taken on the deeper (40-80m) reefs and the same reefs if fished early or into the night are also holding good numbers of big Teraglin. If you happen to drift off the reef don’t despair as you are likely to hit your bag limit of big tasty Flathead in no time at all! There have been a few random schools of Bonito haunting the inshore reefs to the north, a sure sign that the warmer water isn’t too far away and hopefully with it a bumper summer season!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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