Report 25/1/19

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Report 25/1/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:20 am

Estuary: The estuary fishing has been amazing for the whole of the school holidays and doesn’t look like slowing up any time soon. Flathead are a great target for anglers over the summer months for a few reasons; they are very easy to catch on artificial baits (soft plastics etc), they are very nice to eat, and of all the estuary species we target they are one of the faster growing ones which makes them a much more sustainable choice to harvest than most of their fishy friends such as Bream. With ocean temperatures still a little on the cooler side, the better Flathead action has been a little further up into the system this week where the water remains much warmer. Places such as ‘The Cut’, the western side of Wallis Island, and along the top of Twin Islands are all really good places to start to look for them, don’t be afraid to move about if you don’t find any within 10-15 minutes of fishing a spot.

Sand Whiting have been a little temperamental this week, the better flats up around Lani’s and Green Point are still fishing quite good for them, but the sand flats toward the mouth of the system have been very quiet probably due to the cooler water temperature.

One species that doesn’t mind the cooler temperatures is the good old Leatherjacket and these fish have been a bit of a hit with a lot of visiting youngsters (and not so young locals!) this holidays. They can be caught just about anywhere that there is a bit of rockwall, reef, weed etc which is practically everywhere and the technique is very simple. All you need to catch them is a small long shank hook baited with a bit of prawn or squid, a float (or no float) and a small sinker.

The break walls have been very busy this week with big numbers of anglers trying to snag themselves a Mulloway or Kingfish. Mulloway have been particularly active this week and have been caught on live baits, dead baits (one angler even managed to get two on Pilchards!!!) soft plastics and even Samaki Slow Jigs!

Beach and Rock: Reports from the sand continue to be few and far between. The best fishing is definitely on the beaches to the south, 7 Mile and Cellito Beach have been producing the odd Whiting but unfortunately most anglers have had very quiet sessions that have been plagued with Shovel Nose Rays. The only Mulloway report I received this week came from Diamond Beach and it was caught using a fresh slab of Tailor. While I have not heard of too much action off the stones, it’s only a matter of time now before the first Longtail Tuna is caught for the year. Along with Longtails there could well be the odd Spanish Mackerel and Cobia, especially if we get a flush of nice 24+ degree water over the next week or so.

Offshore: The fishing offshore has been very productive over the past week. Snapper have been better on the deeper inshore reefs due to the lingering Full Moon. If you fish the shallows really early you can still expect to find a few fish, but those reefs in 40-65m are holding a lot more fish which can be caught well into the day. The same reefs are also producing a few nice Pearl Perch and Teraglin. The pelagics have been quiet all week but the water temperature is definitely on the rise and there is lots of bait around, so I would expect to hear of a few Black Marlin and other speedsters being caught over the next week or so.

Have a great weekend!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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