Weekly Report 19/12/13

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Weekly Report 19/12/13

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:29 pm

Estuary
A good week has been had by all in the Lake and also up the Wallamba River. Great Flathead catches plus Big Whiting are on most of the shallow sand flats. Great reports of large Flathead up to 65cm up and around the Cattle Crossing at Failford. Reports of Whiting, both Trumpter and Sand are grabbing poppers around the bridge plus out the back of Tony’s Island, and down deeper in the Lake near the Sailing Club. If fishing the bridge and lower lakes areas I suggest early morning or just on dark, as this area will be very busy from Boxing Day onwards with holiday makers cruising around on all sorts of watercraft. The best lure at the moment for Flathead seems to be the Ecooda Live Shrimp – a great plastic with a central belly weight allowing the plastic to “glide” down onto the weedbeds and sand flats. A good bet also is to try the back of Godwin Island on the run out tide adjacent to Barclay’s Oysters.

Jewfish are in good sizes along the Breakwall and are taking Gulp Soft Plastics on a large jighead. Fish this week up to 33kg have been landed with the 10kg fish quite common. Still some good catches of Luderick on both the Tuncurry Wall and the back of Tern Island.

Plenty of crabs around, but please ensure that you have read all the current regulations for traps on Fisheries website or call in and see us for the latest 2013 fisheries handbook (http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/rec ... egulations).
Also remember the next Prawn Dark starts on Christmas Night and will run for the week afterwards.

Rock
Rocks near McBrides and Latitude have fished well with the first of Bonito being spun up on chrome lures. Bream are in good numbers around Janie’s Corner.

Offshore
A few nice Snapper have been caught up north with the best weighing in just over the 5kg mark. A mixed bag of Flathead and Pearl Perch are accompanying these fish in the box. A warm water current is still trying to push its way down the coast with water just north up around the 23 degree mark. Once this water makes its way down along the coast the fishing will improve dramatically, and hopefully bring more Mahi Mahi with it in droves. The FAD will be the pick once the water pushes through.

In closer to town, The Barge and The Ballast continue to produce good results with both Flathead and Snapper the angler's choice. Normal reef rubbish will of course be part and parcel of a day’s fishing at this time of year.

Beach
Pleasant mornings before the Nor Easter picks up have produced mixed bags of Bream, Whiting and Dart. Farquhar Beach has had a few large Mulloway cruising the gutters along with a mass of Shovel-nose Sharks on all beaches.

Each year at this time I stress to visitors to be prepared for the crowds and delays at the boat ramps at all times of the day and night. We all need to remember protocol at the ramps, and prepare our boat and trailer well before we hit the ramp to launch. Every year I witness fun and games at the ramps by people who decide to unpack the car into the boat, untie the trailing straps, and take off the lights once they are down on the ramp with trailer wheels in the water! If this is what you do at your quiet hometown ramp, please adjust your routine for the busy holiday time. Think about allocating set duties to each crew member so when you arrive at the ramp everyone knows what's expected of them.

The best daily count we got last year at Tuncurry ramp was 119 trailers and cars parked at the ramp, while at Forster Boat harbour the numbers were very similar with nearly one hour wait to get on the ramp – it does get busy! We have two good ramps; Forster Boat Harbour is the easiest ramp to use, particularly for those with larger glass boats. Tuncurry ramp has two ramps. One ramp has been upgraded and will take most tinnies, but is not recommended for heavier boats due to strong crosswinds and tidal flow. The other ramp is sand and will cater for 4wd vehicles with small tinnies or canoe/kayak launching.

A reminder to all our visiting friends that we will be open over the Christmas Period every day from 8.00am till late.

Brad & Lisa Andrew
Great Lakes Tackle & Camping – Tuncurry
Ph: 6554 9541

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Re: Weekly Report 19/12/13

Post by runabout » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:42 am

MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone. Brad, thanks for the weekly reports. Great work.

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