Report 26/4/19

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 26/4/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:22 pm

Estuary: Easter is always an exciting time here in the Great Lakes, the weather is great and the fishing is awesome! In our Estuary, the focus has now well and truly shifted from the traditional Summer species of Whiting and Flathead to the Winter brawlers, Bream and Luderick, that call the lower sections of the system home as they prepare to spawn. The rock walls, Jetties, bridge pylons and Oyster Leases have been invaded by big Bream over the last week or so, I can’t remember seeing so many big (1kg+) Bream free swimming down around the Fisherman’s Co-op and Jetties in Tuncurry. These fish can be a little tricky to fool, unweighted baits of Mullet or Bonito are a great choice and will also give you a shot at hooking one of the rogue Kingfish that have been making a nuisance of themselves. Luderick are really starting the build in numbers as well so it’s looking like it will be a very productive year for those wishing to chase them. Weed is a little scarce at the moment so it may pay to have a few synthetic weed flies in the tackle bag just in case. Flathead are still about in good numbers but you will have to work a little harder to find the decent ones. Fishing a little further up into the system will give you the best shot at a few for the table, concentrate your efforts around Wallis Island, ‘the Cut’, and any of the rivers that feed into the main Lake.

Beach and Rock: The beach fishing continues to improve as the year wears on. Tailor and the odd Salmon are holding steadily along most of the more popular fishing beaches with 7 Mile and Cellito being the pick of the bunch. Most fish are only small but there have been a few 45-50cm fish getting caught on most days, like always the key to success is to hit the sand nice and early. There are also some really nice Bream sitting under the Tailor so sending out a Worm or Pipi once the Tailor stop biting may be worth your while. I have heard of a few nice Mulloway being taken from the sand this week which is very nice to hear, reports of good fish being caught of our beaches have been few and far between of late. The local rock ledges continue to hold large amounts of bait so it’s no surprise that there is still plenty of Mack Tuna, Bonito, Longtail Tuna and the odd Cobia getting caught. The action is far from red hot, there will be a lot of days spent on the stones where the fish can be seen but just won’t come in close enough to engulf any baits or lures that are on offer. With a bit of southerly swell forecast over the next few days, it may be worth shifting focus from the game fishing to the bread and butter fishing. Conditions should be perfect for fishing the washes and holes in search of a few nice Black Drummer, Bream or Luderick.

Offshore: Fishing offshore around Easter time is always exciting. The weather is generally very favourable and the variety of species on offer is outrageous. It is nothing for a boat to head out at first light to chase some Mahi Mahi at the FAD or some Snapper in the shallows before switching spots and tactics to get a feed of Mackerel or to chase a Longtail Tuna and then stop at the breakwall on the way in to tangle with some Kingfish or Mulloway! With currents now easing, it’s a great time to do some exploring a little deeper in search of some Bar Cod or possible even a Yellowfin Tuna or Marlin on the surface.

Have a great weekend!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
Ph: 02 65549541
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