Report 3/5/19

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Report 3/5/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri May 03, 2019 3:04 pm

Estuary: With the recent run of picture-perfect weather coming to an end this week, we are well and truly entering into the ‘Winter’ fishing season now. In our estuaries, Bream are now gathering in big schools towards the mouth of the Lake as they prepare to spawn over the next couple of months. If you walk along the break walls and around the Fisherman’s Co-op at high tide with a good pair of sunglasses on you will be amazed at the number of big Bream laying about. Take note of where they are and return once the tide has dropped a little and the water is not so clear and you should have no trouble at all in catching a few. Lightly weighted baits or soft plastics fished on light lines are particularly effective when chasing these fish. Luderick too have really started to school up in significant numbers and a lot of local anglers have dusted off their gear and started hunting about for a bit of weed. For those still clinging on to Summer there are still plenty of Flathead being caught, one local angler had a great top water session earlier in the week where he managed to bag some great fish up to 91cm. There have also been some big Whiting caught this week by a few guys that have been chasing Bream in the Oyster Leases using Yabbies. It’s an amazing time of the year with so many different species on offer!

Beach and Rock: Reports from the sand have been few and far between this week. There are still some nice Tailor and Bream holding on most beaches, the better-quality fish are definitely being caught on the beaches to the South of Forster. For those wishing to travel a little further, the beaches around Seal Rocks have been fishing really well for Tailor, Mulloway and stud Whiting. The local rock ledges have been a little hit and miss this week. The land-based game fanatics have struggled to find any Tuna or Cobia despite the fact that there is plenty of bait and good water about. A few early birds have been snagging some great Snapper off the rocks down south but you have to fish during the night or very early/late in the day.

Offshore: Offshore fishing continues to produce despite the testing weather. The inshore grounds are still holding some Spotted Mackerel which have been a little tricky to get to bite. I have had a lot of anglers complaining that they have had schools of Mackerel circling the boat in their burley trail but not wanting to take any baits. When they are like this sometimes it can be something as simple as a tide change or the moon setting to get them going. If they are taking your burly chunks with no hesitation but then shying away from your baits and you are using wire try a bait on a heavy fluorocarbon leader instead. You will miss a few fish due to their super sharp teeth but you should see them taking your baits so hopefully you can set the hook before it gets past those teeth! Snapper are firing in the shallows now and should continue to do so for the next month or so, fish early or late and be as quiet as you can on your approach. If you can set up a nice drift or use an electric to get onto the reef that’s the best option. Otherwise go the other way and drop anchor and proceed to burley hard in the hope that the fish will come back in. The FAD is still holding a few Mahi Mahi and can be an easy way to get a feed before looking for a few harder to get species. Yellowtail Kingfish are starting to school up on the deeper lumps and bumps in good numbers so if you are keen on getting the arms stretched this is a good option. Live baits are by far the most effective way of hooking up but if the fish are thick enough, and in the mood, jigging Kings on metals is great fun!

Whatever you decide to do, there’s fish to be caught just about everywhere so get out there!

Have a great weekend!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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