Report 21/12/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 21/12/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:16 am

Estuary: The School Holidays are now in full swing and they couldn’t have been timed better! Even though the weather has been a little tough, the fishing has been very good. The estuary in particular has been a standout of late, Flathead seem to be absolutely everywhere and can be easily caught using Whitebait, Mullet, Pilchards, Prawns or practically any sort of soft plastic lure you can think of! Whiting have been fairly consistent as well, the Sandies have been plentiful up on the sand flats and their smaller cousins have been schooled up in their thousands throughout most of the deeper channels of the estuary. Blue Swimmer Crabs have been thick down around green point and behind Wallis Island, Mud Crabs have been a little on the slow side but definitely worth chasing up the tributaries. For those wishing to chase something a little bigger, the break walls are holding nice Kingfish and Mulloway which can be targeted with lures or bait fairly easily.

Beach and Rock: Strong NE winds can play havoc with our local beaches and they definitely have over the past week. Water temps dropped considerably earlier in the week and this, as well as the fact that most beaches were inundated with red weed, meant that the action along our beaches was fairly slow. However, those that have persisted and found the cleaner gutters have managed some nice Tailor, Bream and the odd Flathead. Yesterday (Thursday) we saw a much better water temperature and this southerly wind should only improve that as well as water clarity, in turn this should mean the beaches will be back to their summery best in no time at all! I haven’t heard too much at all from the local rocks this week. The one report I did receive was fairly promising, a local angler made the most of the rough seas and ‘pot holed’ his way along the rocks to the south using fresh Cunji and managed to find one nice 3kg Black Drummer along with a handful of Bream. This nice southerly breeze should see some nice warm water push in from out wider and there could be anything coming in with it, that first early season Tuna can’t be too far away!

Offshore: On the few mornings that have been nice to get out, the boats that have gone have had some great fishing action offshore. Teraglin are still fairly numerous on most reefs and you should be able to hit your 5 fish bag limit fairly easily, particularly if you are out before the sun rises or after it sets. Snapper have also been really good on the deeper reefs with a lot of anglers finding nice 2-3kg fish on a fairly regular basis. Small Mahi Mahi are plentiful out there at the moment with the odd 8-10kg fish amongst them. With a nice Southerly blow forecast for the next couple of days it will be well worth a look for a marlin or possibly even a Mackerel (there has been a few sneaky ones caught off Port Macquarie already)!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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