Weekly Report 11/3/11

Brad & Lisa Andrew
Great Lakes Tackle
Shop 1, 1-9 Manning St (Cnr Kent St)
Tuncurry 2428
Ph 6554 9541
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Weekly Report 11/3/11

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:57 am

Estuary: This week has certainly brought the large flathead out of hiding with nice sunny days for them to sun themselves. Three reports (and brag board photos) have been received of flathead over 90cm/17lb all caught on live herring or Hawkesbury River prawns. Bream around 450g-500g from under most of the oyster racks along with one report of nice bream around the Wallamba River entrance near the old racks.
Still a mile of live bait around with plenty to chose from amongst the pike, herring and yellowtail around the wharves and the Forster Marina. Two locals suggest they are catching a few barracouta in the Lake. I was doubtful at first however the second report had a photo and matching against my reference books indicates a similar fish. Not uncommon around the southern areas of the coastline as it is a cold water fish so maybe a few have filtered up this far north with a cold current.
A few chopper tailor lurking around the lake causing havoc by busting off gear.
The large mulloway have moved into town with the breakwall providing nice fish to most. Locals have reported this week of fish 25-30lb common over the last 7 days.
Rock: Good reports of nice fish off Latitude Rock with mixed species including yellowfin, macks and kings. However the large toothed critters are also off the rocks with one local hooking a tiger shark about 2m last Saturday while chasing tuna. This report amongst others throughout the week indicates that a lot of sharks are chasing the abundance of baitfish and bonito.
Offshore: Plenty of dolphin fish at the FAD. Seems that they are only chasing lures, with those that went out with a stock of live slimies coming home empty-handed. Andrew Jones fished the FAD last Friday night and came home with three nice dolphin fish about 8kg but he too suffered the toothed critter problem. After a Mexican stand-off for 30 minutes his 200lb Black Magic leader let go. Andrew, I think that was the best result!
Still plenty of squire around the reefs along with nice flathead around the 65cm mark on the gravel beds.
Beach: Good tailor along most of the beaches with some nice greenbacks up to 4kg. A few salmon still around along with many shovelnose sharks on Tuncurry Beach.
Brad & Lisa Andrew,
Great Lakes Tackle
Shop 23, 29 Manning Street (Bi-Lo Plaza)
TUNCURRY NSW 2428
Phone/Fax: 02 6554 9541

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