Report 15/3/19

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Report 15/3/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:59 am

Estuary: ‘Flatties are going off’ has been the theme for this week here in the beautiful Great Lakes region. Locals and visitors alike have been having an absolute ball chasing Flathead and whether it be bait or lure, most anglers are managing to get more than enough for a feed. The biggest tip when looking for these fish at this time of the year is to make sure you don’t fish too far up into the system; the majority of the fish are east of Wallis Island down towards the mouth of the estuary. Further up you will find some great Bream over the flats and weed beds that are very eager to grab just about any well-presented lure. Now is a really good time to try your hand at some surface fishing for Bream as they are very active due to the warm water temperatures as well as the fact that they are beginning to think about preparing themselves to spawn in a couple of months. Sand Whiting remain active up in the shallows and their smaller cousins the Trumpeter Whiting remain in the deeper channels in small schools. Autumn can be an amazing time in our estuaries where just about anything is possible. The warm currents have finally arrived and will deliver all sorts of fish to our local waters, one angler even managed to land a small Cobia on Monday while fishing for Whiting up on the flats!

Beach and Rock: The past week has been great for both beach and rock fishing. On the sand anglers are still finding some very nice Tailor along 9 Mile, 7 Mile and Cellito Beaches, like always fishing early is the key to success! Bream, Whiting and Dart have been great on most beaches and can be caught very easily using Beach Worms or Pippies. On the rocks it has been a bit of a mixed week. Some anglers have focussed their efforts about the washes that have been present for much of the week and have been rewarded with some cracking Drummer and Bream. There have also been big schools of Luderick hanging about some of the headlands already which is a great sign and hopefully will translate into a cracking Luderick season over the next few months. On the other hand, things have finally kicked into gear on the LBG front. Mack Tuna, Longtail Tuna, Cobia and even small Black Marlin are all about now and just about any ledge is worth a look. There was even a 16kg Longtail Tuna caught off the Breakwall on Wednesday!

Offshore: The fishing Offshore has been fairly good this week. The pelagic fishery has finally pulled itself together and there has been plenty of action so far. The FAD is holding good numbers of Mahi Mahi up to 80cm as well as the odd Wahoo. Mahi Mahi have also been spread out across a lot of reefs in 40-60m so it may be worth having a troll if you can’t find any big ones at the FAD. Black Marlin have finally turned up in decent numbers, particularly to the south of Forster. They are still a little tricky to tempt though, finding decent bait and marking the fish helps, as does focussing your efforts about a tide change. If you don’t manage to find any Marlin, you may be lucky to come across a Cobia or two. These guys have been popping up all over the place over the past week in water from 10m deep right out to 100m deep! Spotted and Spanish Mackerel have been teasing anglers this week, a lot of boats have looked for them, some anglers have hooked them but as of yet there hasn’t been many (if any!) actually landed. Snapper have been pretty good in the shallow stuff while the reefs further out have been holding good numbers of Teraglin, Pearl Perch and Snapper.

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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