Report 14/10/16

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 14/10/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:32 am

Estuary: Wallis Lake is a funny fishery. If you were to ask a bait fisherman how the estuary has fished this week you would most likely be replied to with a short, sharp single word- ‘RUBBISH’ or worse! On the other hand, the lure fishermen when asked the same question would reply with ‘fantastic’! Apart from the seemingly ever present schools of Winter Whiting, bait fishermen have struggled on the Bream and Flathead. Heavy burleying and lightly weighted baits fished into the Oyster leases will still pick up a few good fish for those loyal to bait. A drift over one of the many sandy drop offs with some broken ground or weed in between using strips of mullet, whitebait or even half pilchards might leave you lucky enough to find a flathead or two. Throwing soft plastics around in similar areas (leases and flats/drop-offs) on the other hand will most definitely land you some very nice Flathead and quite possibly even a Bream or Two. The fish are still a little slow this time of the year so sticking to smaller lures is the key, 2.5” soft plastics or 70mm vibes are a good size to start with.
Rock: The local rocks are quiet this time of the year. The drummer season is all but finished and the warm northern currents are yet to deliver our summer species. One local angler took advantage of the little bit of rough weather we had during the week and managed to bag a nice Black Drummer, a mega Silver Drummer and a couple of Bream.
Beaches: The beach fishing continues to be a little patchy. Tailor continue to fish well, however in order to catch them consistently you have to be prepared to fish the low light periods of the day. A pre-dawn or after dinner fish in a likely looking gutter should see you get more than enough for a feed.
Offshore: Outside the fishing continues to fire with plenty of small/med sized Snapper, Pearl Perch, Morwong and Flathead. The weather has been far from perfect so there hasn’t been too many reports, most boats that have picked the gaps in the weather have been fishing straight out the front so I’m not too sure what the reefs to the north have been like. Matt from Amaroo Cruises was happy to report that along with bucket loads of Whales, there is a heap of bait throughout the bay which means the predators that feed on these bait schools won’t be too far off!
The inaugural ‘Gone Fishing Day’ is on this Sunday the 16th October 2016. Gone Fishing Day has been created as a way of celebrating all that is recreational fishing. We will be running some super Gone Fishing Day Specials here in store all weekend so why not pop in for a look, grab a bit of bait or a few plastics and get out there and celebrate the best sport/hobby in the world - FISHING!

Enjoy your weekend.
Happy Fishing!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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