Report 29/3/17

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 29/3/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:21 pm

Estuary: Rain Rain go away!!! While the seemingly never ending weather pattern has been far from favourable for fishing, the local estuary is actually fishing really well. Solid mixed bags consisting of medium sized Flathead, Bream and one or two Flounder have been common all week for the bait fishermen. The most successful approach is to fish the lower reaches of the system targeting the oyster leases and drop-offs with baits of Mullet Strips, Bonito Strips, Prawns or Pilchards. These same areas will also produce some great results for those wishing to toss a few soft plastics about as well, even with the off coloured water, the more natural, dark colours seem to be doing the trick.

Beaches: A few brave souls have ventured onto the local beaches this week and have been met with some outstanding results. Some great Tailor have been taken from 7 Mile early of a morning on your standard Pilchard baits or metal lures. While Beach Worms have been hard to find over the past few weeks, throwing out a few freshly frozen worms or Pipi’s will most likely score you some quality Whiting and Bream, one local angler had a great session on 9 Mile beach and was quite surprised to find so many big Whiting cruising the gutters.

Rocks: When most anglers think of rock fishing this time of the year they think of chasing Tuna, Kingfish and Cobia. Even with the recent weather, the water remains clear and relatively warm, full of bait and the speedsters that hunt them down. If you do decide to venture onto one of the local ledges this weekend be mindful of those around you, respect each other’s space, no ‘mutton birding’ and look after each other! It is also worth mentioning that there are oodles of other options this time of year which might mean you don’t have to contend with busy ledges, fussy bait and the ever present sharks. Bream, Snapper, Drummer, Luderick and Tailor are all patrolling the wash at the moment and all can be taken from some reasonably easy to fish areas such as Jainey’s corner.

Offshore: Not a lot of boats ventured offshore this week. There are still plenty of Bonito and Mack Tuna hanging about the coast with the odd Cobia and big Kingfish amongst them. One boat managed to find a couple of nice Mulloway on a reef fairly close to port but couldn’t manage to burley up any Snapper. Another boat headed north on Thursday and filled the esky with eight nice sized Snapper to 50cm as well as half a dozen Flathead. Boats should have a better chance to explore the local reefs over the weekend and I suspect most should find a few Snapper and Teraglin. Burleying up over shallow reefs to the North should yield results after the seas e have had over the past month.

Have a great weekend, once again, make the most of whatever the weather throws at us!

Stay safe and dry.

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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