Report 10/3/17

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Report 10/3/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:37 pm

Estuary: Autumn is certainly here! This week has seen some much cooler conditions, a sure sign that the seasons have most definitely changed. While the strong southerly winds have made it hard to fish, the fish are definitely still there. Flathead are still making the majority of catches; this week most have been taken on live baits or strip baits consisting of Bonito or Mullet. Soft Plastics have taken a bit of a side step this week as the conditions have made lure fishing all but impossible. The best tip I have for those wanting to persevere with throwing plastics in terrible conditions is to try and fish with the wind directly behind you and go a little heavier in your jig head weight so as to hold bottom better and minimise how big a ‘belly’ you get in your line. There has been some solid Bream caught in the lower reaches of the estuary this week, all of them have fallen for strip baits fished close to shore between the bridge all the way out to the breakwall. I haven’t had many reports of Whiting being caught during the week apart from one brave soul who fished in the lee of Wallis Island near Dago Island using the good old Sugapen, he said it was hard going but he still managed 3 nice Whiting and some small Bream.

Beaches: The Beaches have been a write off since last Tuesday due to the big swells. Prior to this conditions had been great for beach fishing and plenty of anglers were having great success targeting Tailor, Whiting, Dart and Bream. The Dart this year have been of a really good size, while not many people regard them as much of a food fish they are great little fighters on whiting gear. All we can hope is that when this bit of sea eases off we will be left with some decent formations along our beaches.

Rocks: Unfortunately, the local rocks have been largely out of action over the past week. Up until the large seas hit the stones were a fun place to fish with plenty of Tailor, Bonito and small Kingfish about along with the odd bigger Mack Tuna. The best thing about this recent weather is that the stiff southerly winds should mean that the nice clear, warm water is finally here to stay. It will be interesting to see what’s lurking about our local platforms once the sea settles a little!

Offshore: Like all other forms of fishing that involve the ocean, the offshore fishing scene has been all but non-existent this week. Those that fished early in the week managed to find a few Snapper and Teraglin on the reefs to the north and the FAD is holding a lot of Mahi Mahi, unfortunately very few over 60cm though! The swell is due to ease off a little tonight and tomorrow so with a bit of luck we might be able to sneak out for a look on Sunday and see what’s been stirred up.

Luke Austin.
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