Report 12/10/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 12/10/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:50 pm

Estuary: Well unfortunately the perfect start to the holidays came to a very abrupt halt over last weekend and we have had some very average conditions ever since. While the bad weather has dampened the spirits of many fishermen, those that have put on their raincoats and braved the elements have been rewarded with some fairly good fishing. Flathead remain very prolific throughout the system and are being caught by the dozen by lure fishermen. While soft vibes and plastics still account for most captures, there is an ever-increasing trend toward hard bodied cranks and stick baits. The beauty of Flathead is that they are very opportunistic predators so don’t be afraid to try something new next time you hit the sand flats, one local young gun even managed to get a few on a mouse lure! The ever-present Bream have been consistent this week with plenty of fish being taken from the rock walls and around the bridge. Trumpeter Whiting are fairly well spread out now and can be found in most of the main channels, if you are keen to chase these tasty little fish just have a drop in any deep water and if you don’t find any after 10 minutes move about until you do! The mouth of the estuary has been full of action over the past week, there is plenty of big Kingfish and nice school Mulloway holding there at the moment, all of which can be targeted fairly easily with live baits of soft plastic lures.

Beach and Rock: This years’ Tailor season seems to be never ending! Once again 7 Mile Beach has been the standout this week with fish up to 5kg being caught most mornings. While you will get a few fish on metal lures or baits, by far the most productive lure of late have been weighted divers. They have the weight to get the distance but the body shape and bib give them a much more natural look. Sitting under the schools of Tailor are good numbers of Bream, Whiting and Dart, as well as the odd Mulloway and Flathead. The rock fishing scene is still simmering along nicely. There have been plenty of Tailor and the odd Kingfish caught by the lure tossers, while the bread and butter guys have been having fun chasing Drummer and Bream in the unsettled seas that we have had of late.

Offshore: When the weather and sea conditions permit, offshore fishing has been really good over the past week. Snapper have been awesome this week with fish being caught on just about all reef types from 10m through to 80m. The shallow water fishery has really fired up with fish up to 90cm being caught as well as numerous beasts that have won their freedom! Pearl Perch have been caught in good numbers on the deeper reefs and Teraglin have been fairly good on most reefs over 25m. One boat managed to sneak out wide for a Bar Cod and were very surprised to find that there was very little current out there. Not enough current can be just as tough to fish as too much current however they persisted and managed to pull up 3 nice Cod before finding a heap of Pearl Perch back in closer at about 100 meters.

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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