Report 13/1/17

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 13/1/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:31 pm

Estuary: The estuary has gone a little quiet over the last week or so. Flathead are still fishing fairly well particularly a little further up the lake. The Trumpeter Whiting have become sparse and the fishermen are having to work much harder to find a feed. Sand Whiting have moved into the lower reaches of the estuary in good numbers and some really solid fish have been caught from around the bridge and off the jetties near Wallis Lake Fishermans Co-op. Interestingly, along with 7 cracking Whiting, a visiting angler caught a nice little School Mulloway off the Co-op wharf earlier in the week….definitely food for thought that one! The Crabbing has been really good from the amounts of positive reports coming through at the moment. Both Mud Crabs and Blue Swimmers are about in good numbers.

Beaches: The beach fishing scene has been pretty active this past week. Anglers have reported some great catches consisting mainly of Whiting, Flathead and Bream with the odd Tailor, Dart and Mulloway thrown in to the mix. Not surprisingly, by far the most productive baits have been Beach worms.

Rocks: Slowly but surely the local ledges are kicking into gear. There is a lot of bait beginning to show up and with them the smaller predators in the form of Bonito and Mack Tuna have followed. Small Kingfish are still about in big numbers also which is a great sign for the years to come. There have been numerous reports of big fish being hooked and lost over the last week, one of which was a cracking little Black Marlin which took a liking to a live Yellowtail. The coolest report for the week came from a visiting angler who has very limited fishing experience. He and his family tried their luck fishing from the Tuncurry Breakwall and after not catching a thing on the beach side they moved over to fish in the channel itself. To their surprise (and mine too!) they had a great session on Snapper, the biggest of which weighed just on 3kg!

Offshore: Offshore fishing has been fairly challenging over the past week. Strong NE winds not only made it hard to venture out but also pushed that cold, yucky water back in, shutting down a lot of fish. There are a few decent bottom fish around in the form of Snapper, Pearl Perch and Nannygai but its fairly hard work to find them. Hopefully a bit of a southerly blow over the weekend might see that nice clear warm water return and with it some great fishing action!

Happy Fishing.
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
Ph: 02 6554 9541
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