Report 30/8/19

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Report 30/8/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:12 pm

Estuary: I think we will all be welcoming spring with open arms after the very average end of August we have just gone through! For those of us that have managed to sneak out for a fish during the calmer periods, this week has been fairly consistent in the estuary. Bream are now being caught throughout the system with some very nice fish being snagged up the Wallamba and down around Coomba Park. Their numbers remain fairly good along the rock walls as well with the bait fishermen doing particularly well this week. For the lure fishermen chasing Bream along the breakwalls, now that the fish have finished spawning they can get fairly tricky to tempt, your offerings need to look almost perfect and its essential that you fish as light as possible, definitely nothing over about 8lb for your leaders (4-6lb is much better).

Suggested reading: Tricking Bream in Different Ways on Different Days

There have been some very nice Tailor getting about up the Lake this week with plenty of boats hitting their bag limits with ease (which I don’t really understand, 10 Tailor per person is way too many in my opinion!). You can find the schools of Tailor in just about any of the deeper channels, I would start looking around the Eastern and Northern sides of Wallis Island and go from there.

Flathead are still about in really good numbers with some really nice fish being caught down around the Slipway/Co-op area on soft plastics.

Luderick seem to have slowed up a little along the rock walls now after what has been an unbelievable season. Anglers are still reporting good numbers but they are far from hitting their bag limits on most days. The fish have well and truly moved further up into the system now, Tony from Forster Estuary Charters has been having a ball up around Wallis Island putting his clients onto some really good quality fish (the smallest last weekend was still 35cm!).

Beach and Rock: Reports from the sand have been few and far between this week. There have been a few Tailor about but with unsettled conditions and re-forming beaches they have been very hard to find. Bream on the other hand have absolutely loved the rough stuff, particularly along 7 Mile Beach where they have been very aggressive and in good numbers. The conditions have been much more favourable for our local rock fishermen who have reported some great catches of Black Drummer and big Bream this week. Most reports have come from people fishing the ledges to the south but there have also been some nice fish taken from the rocks closer to town around North One Mile and Bennetts Head/The Tanks.

Offshore: When the wind has allowed, the fishing offshore has been very good. Leatherjacket and Barracouta numbers don’t seem too bad at the moment and that is giving anglers a good crack at fishing the deeper reefs. Those reefs in 50-80m are fishing really well for big Trag, Pearl Perch and plenty of nice ‘pan-sized’ Snapper. Closer to shore, the shallow reefs are holding a few nice Snapper but you will have to work for them and search about to find them.

Have a great weekend, stay warm and dry!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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