Report 16/12/16

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Report 16/12/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:17 pm

Estuary: The Estuary has been a tough place to fish for a lot of the week thus far. Strong winds have really made things uncomfortable out on the water. Those that have managed to get out report that the fishing is still really good. Flathead are fairly thick and seem to be taking most 3-4” soft plastic offerings, particularly the brighter green, chartreuse and pink. A lot of fish have been caught on the banks to the north of Wallis Island, nothing of any great size but plenty of nice table fish in that 40-50cm range. The Whiting and Bream continue to fire up in the shallows for those keen to throw a few poppers or hardbodies about, it never ceases to amaze me how many big fish can be caught in such ‘skinny’ water! The Bream are also on the chew in the lower reaches of the system with some great fish being taken from the oyster leases using the good old Cranka Crab.

Beaches: Last weeks’ report of Mulloway galore has been replaced this week by Sharks galore! There have been a few Mulloway caught but most people targeting the beaches have been plagued by shark after shark unfortunately. Switching from fresh or live fish/squid over to fresh Beach Worms is your best bet at avoiding the toothy critters and you will have the added bonus of catching some nice bycatch in the form of Whiting and Bream. There have been a few reports coming in of some decent Tailor being taken from 7 Mile over the last week, all being spun up on metal lures early of a morning.

Rocks: The local rock ledges have been producing some great catches. Black and Silver Drummer are about in good numbers and are falling for cooked prawns, cunjevoi and crabs. Local angler Luke caught a handful of Drummer earlier in the week and was lucky enough to land a Blue Drummer as well, a bit of a rarer catcher for these parts. Along with soaking baits for Drummer and Bream, it is also worth casting stickbaits, metals and plastics about, it’s only a matter of time before a pack of Kingfish will be all over them!

Offshore: The fishing offshore has been fairly good over the past week. While reports of the warm water species has slowed somewhat, the Snapper and Pearl Perch fishing has been fantastic. The best fish reported over last weekend was a Snapper that went 7kg with a fair few fish being taken in the 2-4kg range.
Have a great weekend.
Happy Fishing!

Luke Austin.
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Re: Report 16/12/16

Post by Spiney » Sat Dec 17, 2016 5:02 pm

Interesting comment on the catch of a "rarer" Blue Drummer which I assume is a Bluefish. I fish the Palms area a lot during the colder months for Bream and Black Drummer (Eastern Rock Blackfish) and often catch Bluefish. In some sessions I might catch three or four. This is contrary to what one would think reading NSW Fisheries primefact 159 where the fish is said to be rare or caught occasionally. Size of the fish is usually around 25cm and as the NSW bag limit is zero fish are released. Note primefact states the fishing closure for Bluefish is effective to 2011! maybe there is a newer primefact? Possibly there are a lot more Bluefish as there are Great White and Grey Nurse sharks than what we are led to believe.

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