Report 7/12/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Report 7/12/18

Post by subeditor » Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:28 pm

Estuary: We have had a very nice, summery week here in the beautiful Great Lakes. The estuary is now in full summer mode and is fishing quite well. Most anglers are focussed on Flathead and Whiting. The Flathead have been fairly good for the last couple of months now and they don’t look like slowing up. The best thing about there being so many fish, and the fact that they are fairly easy to snag on soft plastics and vibes, is that anglers are forever looking for new or different ways to target fish. This year has seen an explosion in the number of anglers throwing big lures over the shallow flats and weed beds specifically targeting big, trophy Flathead. It’s amazing fishing and while you may not reach double figures in the number of fish you catch, it’s unreal when a near meter long patch of sand or weed materialises into a mega fish chasing after your 10” lure! Trumpeter Whiting are showing no signs of slowing up and are still sitting a little way up into the estuary. This year seems to have been a very productive year on these tasty little fish with a huge number of boats fishing for them each day. Their bigger relatives, the Sand Whiting are now very active and are definitely worth targeting. Whether you target them on live Yabbies, Worms or lures, you should have no dramas in finding a few of these silver beauties!

Beach and Rock: Once again, the local stretches of sand have been fairly fruitful this week. For some reason there has been a noticeable increase in how many Tailor have been caught this week. While there are nearly always a few around, this week it would seem that most beach anglers have caught a few. Whiting are fishing well on most beaches and can be tempted very easily by a bit of Pipi or Beach Worm. Along with scoring a nice bag of Whiting, you can also expect to see a few Bream, Dart and the odd Flathead. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard much from the local stones this week. It shouldn’t be long until the Bonito and Mack Tuna turn up (and hopefully the critters that feed on them!) but for now anglers will have to be happy chasing the odd Tailor and Kingfish on lures or possibly a late season Drummer, Bream or Luderick on bait.

Offshore: Offshore fishing this past week has been very productive. While sea conditions have not been fantastic every day, most days have been fishable. Those hitting the shallows have seen some very impressive Snapper with plenty of fish well over 4kg being caught up north. A little further out, the reefs seem to be holding huge amounts of Teraglin at the moment. Shane from Forster Sport and Game Fishing Charters said he moved multiple times to try and get away from them (he had already reached the crews’ limit) but failed to find a spot with no Trag! As well as Teraglin, most reefs in 40-80m are also holding some nice Snapper up to 4kg along with the odd Pearl Perch. Unfortunately, our FAD is still not out (despite the NSW DPI claiming that it is!?) which is very disappointing, even without the FAD there has been some very nice Mahi Mahi caught this past week, the better fish being around that 10kg mark.

Have a great weekend!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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