Report 27/6/16

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Report 27/6/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:03 am

Estuary: We are well and truly embedded in the throws of winter now and the fishing is following suit. The usual winter suspects have been a common capture within the estuary. Reports of XL Bream have been filtering in all week with fish over 50cm being reported. Please, if you are lucky enough to meet one of these blue nosed brutes, do the right thing and take a photo before releasing it unharmed. Luderick fishermen are finding some decent fish now, the biggest challenge seems to be finding bait! We have sold out of synthetic weed flies and from all reports they have been fishing well, particularly when fished down a berley trail. Flathead continue to linger, great fish have been taken in the upper reaches of the estuary and its tributaries. Soft plastics fished slow and deep seem to be doing the damage. Soft plastics have also accounted for a few great mulloway catches this week in the estuary, one young local angler ended up breaking his brand new Rovex Alliance rod on a nice sized fish after it snaffled his Squidgy Flickbait.

Rock: Rock fishermen are somewhat spoilt in the local area. While the schools of baitfish and the tuna that were following them have all but disappeared, the fishing hasn’t tapered off at all. Great catches of Tailor, Bream, Luderick and Black Drummer have been the flavour of the week with a few reports of Yellowtail Kingfish, Salmon and Squid also coming through.

Offshore: Once again reports from the snapper and flathead grounds have been few and far between due to the windy conditions. Those that have got out found that the Snapper are still biting well on soft plastics. Katrina and Gary fished over last weekend and while the baits they dropped only saw Red Rock Cod, their Z-man soft plastics caught a few nice Reds around the 2-3kg mark. A local Charter operator snuck out one afternoon and had a great little session on the Mulloway which would have made for a happy crew.

Beach: The beach fishing has really started to pick up over the last week. Bream, Salmon and Tailor have featured prominently in reports from the locals. Pilchards have been the bait of choice for both of these species. There has been a few reports of some great Mulloway being caught off the local beaches, one fish supposedly exceeding 30kg in weight. Fresh live baits, Beach Worms or slabs of Tailor/Salmon are the most reliable baits for these brutes, for the more adventurous large soft plastics are also worth trying.

As I write this the westerly has really started to kick in, you can definitely feel the chill in the air and the snow must be falling up on Barrington Tops! Hopefully we will all be able to sneak out for a fish at some stage over the weekend, if you are lucky enough to, remember to rug up and stay safe. Happy fishing!

Luke Austin
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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