Report 18/1/19

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Report 18/1/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:56 pm

Estuary: This past week has been much nicer (but hot!!!) here in the Great Lakes. The estuary continues to fish very well for all of the typical Summer species. Flathead really haven’t missed a beat this season and continue to be caught by the bucket load. Those anglers choosing to throw lures about are having the most success by far and lure type and colour really doesn’t seem to matter. While soft plastics and vibes are the most popular, there is an ever-increasing crowd of anglers experimenting with hard bodied lures and many of them will never throw a soft plastic again! Bream have been really active over the weed beds and up well into the rivers and creeks that feed into the Lake, fishing surface lures or shallow/mid diving crankbaits is very productive at this time of the year and sessions where its practically a fish a cast are not uncommon. Sand Whiting are very active up on the sand flats at the moment. The water up around places such as Lani’s, Regatta Island and Twin Islands is really nice and warm and there’s plenty of Prawns about so it’s no wonder that the fish are hitting surface lures with such enthusiasm! Crabbers have been happy this week with loads of Blue Swimmers about as well as the odd really nice Mud Crab.

Beach and Rock: The water along our coastline has been slowly warming back up all week and not surprisingly, the fishing has followed suit. The beaches were fairly quiet earlier in the week but the past few days have seen a return of some nice Whiting on 7 Mile Beach along with the ever-present Bream and Flathead. I didn’t hear of any Tailor along the beaches this week there have been a few off the stones though. The rocks are slowly beginning to fire up with plenty of small Bonito and Mack Tuna cruising about. If we get the 20kn southerly wind that we are meant to get tomorrow anything could come in close with that nice clean, warm water.

Offshore: On the days that boats have been able to venture offshore; the fishing has been very good. Out wide there is some nice 27-28 degree water and the few boats that have taken the risk to travel out so far have found some nice sized Mahi Mahi and the odd Wahoo. Closer in, Teraglin have been fairly consistent in 60-80m as well as the odd nice Pearl Perch and Snapper. Snapper have also been fishing very well in the shallower stuff, throwing soft plastics at bits of reef and rubble in 10-30m of water is great fun and can yield some amazing catches! With a nice bit of southerly wind forecast over the next day or so, we should see a vast improvement in inshore water quality and temperature so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a few more Marlin and possibly even toothy critters (Mackerel) caught over the next couple of weeks.

Have a great weekend!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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Re: Report 18/1/19

Post by Titswobble » Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:48 pm

Looks like a pocket of colds moved back in, N/E is back and blowing up tomorrow again, give us a break and some good water please! Heap of hot stuff above and out, but doesn’t look too inviting, Looking like extreme titswobble warning ⚠️ NE to 30kn Friday!

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