Report 14/4/17

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 14/4/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:57 pm

Estuary: As if by some divine intervention, the weather has broken just in time for the Easter long weekend. Its lovely to see the sun finally! Wallis lake continues to fish really well and the visiting masses have been experiencing some great Bream and Flathead fishing. With the rain easing the estuary continues to get clearer and clearer opening up anglers’ options as far as where to fish goes. For Flathead, most fishermen are persevering with the use of lures, soft vibes and soft plastics continue to prove to be the most successful. With the Mullet on the move already as they embark on their annual spawning run, it won’t be long until the Bream and Luderick follow them. At the moment these species are in a bit of a holding pattern in the lower reaches of the estuary. This is great news for fishermen and it makes it fairly easy to choose a spot to target them. Lightly floated baits or soft plastics fished along any of the many rock walls or jetty’s that litter the shore between the bridge and the mouth of the estuary are a sure fire way to run into a few Bream, many of which will be up over 35cm and possibly pushing that magic 50cm mark. In the process you are also likely to catch Flathead, Tailor and maybe even a small Mulloway. Right now is the perfect time of the year to chase Mulloway from the breakwalls which protect the entrance to Wallis Lake. There are often good numbers of Mulloway right along the coast at this time of year, most are caught using live baits such as Herring, Yellowtail or Slimy Mackerel, however an increasing amount of fish are falling for well-presented soft and hard bodied lures.

Beaches: The local beaches have been fishing really well of late. The Tailor in in full swing off most of the beaches. An early session throwing metal lures or soaking Pilchards is your best bet at snaring a feed plus it’s great fun on light gear. There have been a few reports of some big Salmon starting to show up as well and although they are not the greatest of food fish, they are great fun to catch and make fantastic slab baits for Mulloway. Those chasing the beautiful ‘silver ghosts’ that haunt the beaches, the Mulloway, have done it tough over the past couple of months. However, with the Mullet run now in full swing there seems to be plenty of fish along the beaches now, particularly the beaches to the north such as Blackhead and Diamond Beach. It’s not all about the big fish though and those that wish to soak some Beach Worms or Pipis are all but guaranteed to get a nice feed of Whiting, Bream and Flathead.

Rocks: The local rocks have not been a comfortable place to fish over the past week. While there is still good numbers of baitfish and some nice warm water hitting the coast, there has also been some fairly solid swell and wind to contend with. The brave souls who did fish during the week had mixed results. Tailor are plentiful and can be caught from most headlands at the moment, the bit of wash that has been provided by the swell on serves to boost the tailor fishing. Those chasing Tuna have found it easy enough to find bait but the fish have been hanging just a little too far off the coast. Mack Tuna have accounted for most of the fish landed and it seems that if you are lucky enough to hook a Longtail Tuna the Sharks are quick to tear it to pieces.

Offshore: With some patches of ocean dropping to 22 degrees or less the focus of the offshore fisherman has been forced away from the pelagic species such as Mackerel. Instead, most boats fishing outside this past week have been chasing demersal species such as Snapper and Teraglin. Fishing just before sunrise on a patch of reef in 45-55m of water is a sure fire way of finding a nice feed of ‘Trag’. Usually you can see the massive schools of fish on your depth sounder and once you hook one you can expect to catch a few. Just remember that you are only allowed 5 per person (more than enough!) so once you get your bag limit please stop fishing in the same spot as most Teraglin caught will suffer from barotrauma and die. While there haven’t been any big Snapper caught of late, fish up to 3kg are fairly common in the shallower water. Floating baits down a burly trail in 15-30m of water is the best way to target them at the moment.

The weather for the Easter long weekend is looking fantastic for all types of fishing so get out there and have a crack!

Happy Easter and Happy Fishing!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
Ph: 02 6554 9541
2013, 2014 and 2015 AFTA Finalists - Australia’s Best Bait & Tackle Store

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