Report 19/8/16

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Report 19/8/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Aug 19, 2016 3:13 pm

Estuary: What an absolutely beautiful week we have had here in the Great Lakes! The Luderick fishermen are finally rejoicing as the estuary has really started to fill up with quality fish. The last of the run out tide seems to be the best time to fish for them at the moment, Forster breakwall being the choice spot. I’m not sure if it’s this warm weather that is spurring them along or not but the Flathead have been fishing really well this past week. Fishermen chasing Bream have reported that while the Bream have been a bit sparse, the Flathead have made up for it! Soft vibes seem to be the pick of the bunch for those wanting to chase bream on lures, the beauty of them is that Flathead love them just as much as Bream do. Popular choices have been the Fish Candy Curly Vibe 65 in ‘jelly Prawn’ and the ever popular Samaki Vibalicious in ‘whitebait’. A little further up the estuary there have been great reports of Trumpeter or Winter Whiting coming through, these guys are targeted with small baits of peeled prawn, squid, pipi etc. They are only a small whiting species but taste amazing so they are a popular winter target.

Rock: The local rock ledges have been a bit on the quiet side due to the calm conditions we have been experiencing. Squid are a great target on the quieter days, they love calm, clear water. The odd kingfish has been caught down south and Tailor and Bream still can be found by those that put in the time.

Offshore: Sea conditions have been absolutely perfect for heading out for a fish or even just to go and find a whale or two to have a look at! The guys from Amaroo Cruises have been getting some amazing photos of these gentle giants as they partake in their annual migration. The Snapper fishing has begun to fire again after a fairly quiet couple of weeks. One local boat headed north and fished around Snapper Rock with Gulp soft plastics and managed 8 fish up to about 4kg, another bait fished a little further north and ended up with 10 nice Snapper and a handfull of Flathead. Shane from Forster Sport and Game Charters did a trip out wide in search of Kingfish on Thursday and managed to find a few kings along with a good haul of Snapper and Nannygai, the fishing was somewhat limited out there due to a really strong southerly current.

Beaches: The local beaches are fishing fairly well again now for species such as Bream, Tailor and Mulloway. Fishing with Pilchards is a sure way to score a mixed bag of Bream and Tailor.

As I write this the wind has really started to pick up from the north and we are expecting some fairly strong gusts throughout the night, peaking early in the morning. With a bit of luck by this time tomorrow the wind will have died out again and we can all get out and have a bit of a fish. Either way, stay safe and enjoy your weekend.

Happy Fishing!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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