Report 10/6/16

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 10/6/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jun 10, 2016 1:11 pm

Estuary: What an amazing week it has been weather-wise. Last weekends’ east coast low hammered the Great Lakes, well and truly ruining any chance to get out and have a fish. Since the storm has passed things are getting back to normal and the estuary is producing some great catches. Bream have been feeding hard since the weekend, good catches have been made in the lower reaches of the lake particularly off the breakwall. With everything so stirred up its no surprise that cunjevoi has proven to be the best bait, good fish have also fallen for the ever reliable Gulp 2” Baby Shrimp along with the increasingly popular Cranka Crab lures. A visiting fisherman was lucky enough on Wednesday to have a great little session on flathead using whitebait, even though they should be in bed for winter the flathead catches have remained fairly steady. Luderick have also finally turned up in good numbers and are of a good size as well. Anglers have had success using the standard baits consisting of cabbage or green weed, others have found cunjevoi to be the best bait since the storm.

Rock: Big swells have pounded the east coast over the last week. For most this signals a no go period as far as fishing from the rocks is concerned. But for a select few a good swell excites them with thoughts of monster drummer and bream. As the seas pound the rocks food items are dislodged and these brutes really come to life feeding on cunjevoi, crabs and other shellfish. As soon as the headlands are fishable, any hole will produce good fish. The easiest way to fish is to have a med/heavy 12ft outfit with a sturdy spin or Alvey reel. A monofilament line of at least 20lb is suggested simply rigged with a ball sinker and strong #1 or #1/0 hook such as Mustad’s ‘Big Gun’ range. If snags are a problem you can also suspend the bait under a float. Note: NEVER fish from the rocks alone, keep an eye on the water at all times and seriously think about throwing on an inflatable PFD when heading out for a rock fish!

Offshore: Reports from offshore have been all but non-existent. The big swells and heavy freshwater runoff from the lake have made conditions too dangerous for the majority of the week. A few brave souls did sneak out on Wednesday and reported decent catches of Teraglin and a few snapper.

Beach: Once again after the tumultuous seas the beaches have been all but un-fishable. As things calm down again it will be a matter of assessing what gutters, if any, exist and then figuring out when and where the fish are. Tailor should still be fairly abundant and the Mulloway shouldn’t be far behind them!
After such a horrible weekend things are finally starting to settle down again and the fishing is getting better and better every day. The forecast for the next couple of days looks great with a bit of weather on the way to ruin the tail end of the long weekend. That’s about it from the team here at Great Lakes Tackle, tight lines and we will see you next week.

Luke Austin
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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