Weekly Report 17/10/08

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Weekly Report 17/10/08

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:37 am

Offshore: The week leading up the full moon didn't produce trag in the numbers you would expect, but those that stayed out all night did get some big snapper just before the sun came up. In most cases the best snapper were taken on soft plastics. Some better quality water is moving down the coast and with it are schools of striped tuna. Leatherjackets continue to be a pest for those who like bottom bouncing. This coming weekend looks like being the best in months and should finally see an increase in the number of boats heading out, and consequently a bit more feedback on what's happening out there.
Game fishing: Several boats are planning a trip out wide and a quick look at the sea surface temperature chart provides plenty of motivation. Hopefully next weeks report will contain details of where the striped marlin are.
Beaches: Shovel nose rays seem to be all that is coming from the beaches, particularly after dark. Even those with fresh beach worms are battling to get a bite from a bream, whiting or even a dart.
Rocks: The rock fishing activity that occurred during the cooler months has slowed but a few fit individuals continue to walk into areas below Cape Hawke and report plenty of blackfish and the occasional drummer.
Estuary: The annual trumpeter whiting massacre has started and it wont be long before 30+ tinnies are jostling for position for the best drift. Bigger sand whiting are also to be had and, as was the case last year, poppers are working well. Flathead of course are becoming very active and will take all manner of baits and lures. The bream remain fussy and somewhat elusive so be prepared to use your imagination when targeting this species. A couple of mulloway have been caught from the breakwalls.
Further to last weeks bit about whales: Several further close calls have been reported, so keep a watchful eye when travelling offshore for the next month or so.
Lloyd Campbell, Great Lakes Tackle 6554 9541

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