Report 8/4/17

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 8/4/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:37 pm

Estuary: While the weather continues to be far from comfortable to fish in, the fish themselves are definitely about. Flathead continue to be the favoured estuary target and most anglers have been able to successfully find a few by concentrating their efforts about the lower end of the system. The Tuncurry side of the bridge has produced two exceptional fish this week, both falling for a live Herring bait, one fish measured just shy of 110cm and the other was 95cm, both fish were happily returned to the water. That makes 3 Flathead over 90cm caught in that area over the past fortnight. The other mainstay of Wallis Lake, the humble Bream, have been fishing really well throughout this unsettled weather. There have been loads of fish over 35cm caught, most coming from the breakwalls drifting lightly weighted baits along the rocks. However, fishing further up the estuary, near Coomba Park, one boat managed 10 Bream, 6 of which measured between 42 and 47cm. Interestingly, even with all of the rain that the area has had over the past month, the resident Kingfish population within the estuary seems to be as healthy as ever. Most of the ‘Kings’ in the lake are 40-70cm (and some much much bigger!) which makes for great fun on the Bream gear and can now be found anywhere from the breakwalls right up to Wallis Island!

Beaches: The beaches this past week have been atrocious. Large choppy seas have made fishing all but impossible from most of the beaches. Elizabeth Beach has been the pick of the bunch and has produced some nice Whiting and Bream. One angler was able to fish 7 Mile one afternoon and reported that there was still a few Tailor about, nothing big but plenty of 30-40cm fish falling for the good old Pilchards.

Rocks: Rock fishing over the past week has not been for the faint hearted. Sheltered area’s like the rocks around Elizabeth and Shelly’s Beaches have been the safest option and have been fishing fairly well for Tailor. A few Brave souls fished the more exposed area’s in search of something bigger and quicker and were forced to fish from the higher ledges. The water quality to the south has actually stayed really good despite the weather and the bait schools continue to sit in close to the rocks so it’s no surprise that Tuna and other predators (like Sharks!) are definitely worth targeting. With the weather looking good over the next couple of days the rock fishing should be red hot; remember to stay safe on the rocks, be nice to one another, fish responsibly and PLEASE TAKE YOUR RUBBISH WITH YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE!

Offshore: Fishing offshore this time of the year can be great fun. Those that managed to sneak out before this weeks’ bout of bad weather were not disappointed, those towing live baits found plenty of Spotted Mackerel, Mack Tuna, Bonito and the odd Cobia, while those bottom fishing were rewarded with some great catches of Snapper. Today (Friday) saw a few boats head out and the weekends’ weather looks great so fingers crossed the fishing is still good.

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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