Report 5/2/16

Brad & Lisa Andrew
Great Lakes Tackle
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 5/2/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:34 pm

Estuary: Flathead numbers are still excellent pretty much right throughout the Lake system. Pick of the baits is whitebait, although if you are up to it live pink nippers have also proven results. Lures such as the Live Shrimp and surprising the Shiner 60 Atomic are also readily accepted. Numbers of whiting are a little down with the Trumpters all but gone. Worms, pink nippers or surface lures like a Sugapen 70 are all working well. I am told that blackfish are ion good numbers hanging around the leases and a few caught along Forster Wall. Mud Crabs are still in good numbers up the Wallamba River with keen crabbers reporting better results close to the bank. Keep your eyes on your traps thou as others will be watching them as well!

Rock: Tailor numbers are increasing with the odd greenback being caught down off Janies. Blackfish are there for the chase as are reports of plenty of good size drummer. Land based game reports have not started as yet, however there has been plenty of sightings of small Marlin in very close so I suppose with baitfish balls in big numbers and size it is only a matter of time before the heavy gear gets dusted off for another year.

Offshore: What a week it has been on the big blue sea! Pelagic numbers are somewhat huge with Dolphin Fish numbers solid out at the FAD, while guys trolling home are getting a few Northern Blue Tuna. Marlin numbers remain outstanding down south with some boats landing 6 plus fish a day last weekend. The odd small black marlin has been sighted closer in with the ‘Amaroo’ dolphin watching boat witnessing plenty of jumping action close to the boat. Warm currents are holding these fish in close and if they remain here we should see a good run of these small blacks over the next few months. Bait fish balls are everywhere so that is keeping fish numbers up. Bottom bouncers are experiencing equally as good fishing with snapper and pearl perch numbers strong down south, while up north the Crowdy Head FAD is also working well. Most fish seem to be hanging around the 35m mark so you don’t need to venture far to get a feed.

Beach: At long last we are starting to get a few decent tailor from most beaches in the area. As mentioned above there is plenty of baitfish out there with some fish hugging the shoreline. Tailor are obviously following them keeping the numbers up. Good reports have come from Southern Beaches but of course any beach should still be working well with the amount of food around. Along with the tailor, some good Sand whiting and the a few bream are also around with the GLT marinated beach worms the bait of choice.

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