Report 3/2/17

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Report 3/2/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:14 am

Estuary: As we drift into the new season the estuary fishing shows no signs of slowing up. Flathead continue to be the main target for most anglers, most of which are finding a good deal of success on either bait or lure. While there has been some truly monstrous fish caught over the last couple of months, a lot of people have commented on how abundant the small fish are, there seems to be an endless supply of Flathead in the 25-35cm range which is a great sign of just how healthy our fishery is! Congratulations and thankyou to all those anglers who fish responsibly and only keep what they need! Whiting have been fishing really well on surface lures over the past week with most fish being caught on a high tide over the shallow flats that are common up around Wallis Island, Lani’s Caravan Park and Green Point. Otherwise, drifting the banks and drop offs with live Yabbies or Beach Worms is also a fairly productive method of targeting Whiting, particularly down near the bridge of an evening.

Beaches: We have been lucky to score a lovely week this week as far as the wind is concerned. A lot of anglers have taken advantage of the Southerly breeze and headed down onto the sand. Most of the local beaches are clear of weed now and have some nice little gutters along them. Bait fishermen using Worms or Pipi’s have been delighted by good catches of Whiting, Bream and even Flathead with plenty of bait stealing Dart in between! It’s also definitely worth soaking a pilchard or two, or throwing some 40-80gm metals, along the beaches as well as there is some good Tailor starting to show up.

Rocks: Excitement surrounding the local rock fishing scene is really beginning to build now, the past week has seen the water slowly become clearer and warmer by the day. The bait that has been hanging about the coastline has now begun to be hunted by the predators that us fishermen love to catch! There have been a lot of solid Mack Tuna caught during the week and it’s only a matter of time before their more desirable cousins, the Longtail Tuna, start to make an appearance. There have been two Cobia caught during the week as well, one of which was an absolute horse of about 25kg. Small Kingfish (and the odd monster) and Bonito continue to school up along the coastline as well which makes for a bit of fun on light gear in between runs!

Offshore: I am so happy to report that the weather this week has been dominated by South/South-Easterly winds! This has given local anglers (and the ocean) a break from the pesky North-easterlies that we have endured over the past two months. With the change in the weather the water cleared and began warming up almost instantaneously. There is plenty of cobalt blue, clear water out there at the moment with temperatures almost touching 25 degrees in fairly close (40m deep). Shane from Forster Sport and Game put his clients on to a few nice Marlin during the week, another boat targeting pelagic speedsters was surprised when a pack of 6-8kg Kingfish smashed their skirts. Unfortunately, the FAD is still fairly quiet, there have been a couple of legal Mahi-Mahi caught there during the week but not enough to venture out there with any confidence! The bottom bouncers have fared very well this week with huge numbers of Teraglin holding on most bits of reef to the north. In fact, they became a bit of a pest on Wednesday, we couldn’t get a bait past them! Along with Teragalin there are a lot of Snapper about and they seem to be coming from any water from 2m deep through to 60m deep!

Happy Fishing!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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Re: Report 3/2/17

Post by Spiney » Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:33 am

Hi Luke, just a note on your comment about lots of small flathead and healthy fishery. Lots of small fish is an indicator of the opposite. A few years ago I was walking along the Tweed River at the back of the Twin Towns Club. Someone had left a bottle with some bread in it to catch Mullet. It was surrounded by Bream, two larger fish constantly patrolled the mouth of the bottle chasing away the smaller fish. Catching lots of smaller fish indicates a lack of bigger breeders.

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