Report 2/11/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 2/11/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:48 pm

Estuary: Wallis Lake has once again been a picture of perfection over the past week. Flathead continue to fish very well on soft plastics; prawn imitations and 3” Minnow profiles seem to be the pick of the bunch. If you do want to chase a few on bait, you should be able to pick a few up by drifting with Mullet Strips or Whitebait along the edges of Oyster Leases and sand banks. On the high tide, these sand banks will be alive with activity and now is the perfect time to chase big Flathead and Sand Whiting in the shallows with surface lures and wake-bait style lures. If lures are not your thing you could use live Yabbies/Nippers or Beach Worms instead. Don’t be afraid to fish ridiculously shallow, big Flathead and Whiting will happily hunt in just a few inches of water! Trumpeter Whiting continue to school up in the thousands throughout the estuary, if you have never targeted them before and don’t know how to find them, simply cruise about until you see a dozen or so boats all fishing in an area no bigger than a football field and that’s where they are!!!! Please ensure that you know the difference between the Trumpeter and Sand Whiting, adhere to your bag limits and only keep what you need. Luderick have been a bit of a surprise this week as they continue to school up along the break walls in huge numbers, once again the start of the run-in tide seems to be the best time to target them. The mouth of the estuary is still holding some great Mulloway and absolute brutes of Kingfish. I was lucky enough to fish it on Monday and I was absolutely destroyed by 3 big Kings before managing to land a very nice 124cm Mulloway.

Beach and Rock: With the coastal waters clearing up again and beginning to warm, it’s no surprise that the local beaches have been fishing fairly good this week. While there have not been any standout reports, most anglers have managed to catch some nice Whiting, Bream and Flathead off 9 Mile and 7 Mile Beaches. I would say Main Beach in Forster is probably holding some really nice Whiting at the moment as well and it may well be worth a shot this weekend. The local rocks have seen very little action this week, conditions have been too calm to successfully target those species that most people chase at this time of the year.

Offshore: It’s amazing how quickly things can change in the offshore reefs. The past week has been an absolute cracker for offshore fishing! Not only has the weather been fairly nice, the fish have finally decided to play the game with most boats managing a nice bag of Snapper, Flathead and the odd Pearl Perch. There is some really nice, 24 degree water sitting not too far offshore so it may well be worth a look for an early season Mahi Mahi or maybe even a Marlin!

Have a great weekend!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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