Report 22/11/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
Great Lakes Tackle
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Tuncurry 2428
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 22/11/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:51 pm

Estuary: The crystal-clear waters of Wallis Lake have continued to shine over the past week. We have had some nice big tides, perfect for getting up into the shallows to chase the Whiting, Bream and Flathead that sneak up onto the flats to feed. Local young gun Todd Riches had a ball throwing swimbaits about in the shallows for large Flathead earlier in the week, a technique that is gaining a lot of momentum and loads of fun! If chasing a feed is more important than chasing trophies, there are plenty of 40-55cm fish about. The most successful way to chase a few Flathead for the table is to cover a bit of ground throwing your favourite soft plastic or vibe. A visiting angler also managed to find quite a few fish by trolling the new Rapala ‘Jack Deep’ over the sand flats and weed beds, they managed to get their bag limit in a bit over an hour which is pretty good going.

The trumpeter Whiting continue to be fished hard daily and don’t seem to be thinning out in numbers. Its mind blowing to think of how many of these little fish get caught each and every day…. Sand Whiting continue to build in numbers and are definitely worth targeting now, be it on bait or with lures.

Bream fishing can be a frustrating game, at the moment, the biggest problem is the amount of greedy, small fish there are spread throughout the Estuary. It doesn’t seem to matter where you go, chances are that you will have to catch 10 fish between 15 and 30cm before you find a big one. In saying that, even the small fish are of really good condition at the moment so they are still fun and can put up quite the fight on light gear.

Beach and Rock: The local beach fishing has been very steady over the past week. Hitting the sand, you can expect to run into plenty of fish, mainly Bream, Whiting and Flathead. The Bream have been the stand out, particularly on 9 Mile Beach where there have been quite a few fish well up over the 35cm mark landed. Whiting seem to be better on the beaches to the south in both numbers and size. The same beaches have been holding the odd school of Tailor and a Mulloway or two. The local rock fishing scene is fairly quiet at the moment. There have been a few nice Tailor hanging about down at Booti which have been pretty keen to smack lures early and late in the day. Any day that we get a bit of a wash about the rocks is still worth fishing for a Black Drummer or two, you are almost guaranteed to come across some nice Bream and Luderick if nothing else.

Offshore: The fishing offshore has been fairly good over the past week. Most of the better action has been on the deeper reefs sitting in 40-80m of water. Big Pearl Perch and nice 2-4kg Snapper have been fairly common for most boats, particularly those that have fished to the south. The shallower inshore reefs have been very hit and miss, there is definitely the odd nice ‘Red’ in there though so once the full Moon wanes a little it will be worth a look on first light. Reports of Bonito seem to be getting more and more common which is good news and hopefully a sign that things are about to change for the better as once these guys turn up, the rest of the silver speedsters that we all like to target won’t be far behind them!

Have a great weekend!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
Ph: 02 65549541
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