Report 19/5/17

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Report 19/5/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri May 19, 2017 12:57 pm

Estuary: There has been a phenomenal amount of activity about the mouth of the entrance to Wallis Lake this week. Masses of Mullet have been schooling up and moving out to sea on their annual spawning run, it truly is a sight to behold as they run the gauntlet trying to avoid hungry Dolphins, Sharks, Mulloway and Commercial Fishermen!

On the flip side, there have been football fields of baitfish streaming into the system on every run in tide. Naturally, with these huge schools of baitfish comes equally big numbers of predators. Tailor and Yellowtail Kingfish have been really active gulping down these easy targets, one angler estimated seeing over 50 Kingfish schooled up and following bait along the Forster Breakwall. While it would seem like these fish should be easy targets, they are really hard to catch because of how fast and sporadic they are as they chase the baitfish. It’s a real challenge to not only ‘match the hatch’ as far as lure choice goes, but also to have it land in the right place at the right time! The water has definitely cooled a little over the past couple of weeks and the number of summer species being caught has started to decrease. The cooler water means that the big Bream are here and ready to rumble. There have been a lot of big Bream hanging about the lower sections of the Lake, I fished the Breakwall earlier in the week and caught 4 that were easily over 1kg, they all ate live baits intended for Mulloway that were rigged on 6/0 live bait hooks!

Flathead continue to fish fairly well despite the declining water temps, as they slow down you can still catch them by simply slowing things down a little. Give your lures a bit longer on the bottom and maybe go to a live offering as far as bait goes.

Beaches: Even though we have had some absolutely stunning weather for beach fishing, the fishing itself has been very patchy. Tailor are about in good numbers but they aren’t all that widespread. An angler can fish a spot one evening and catch a fish every cast only to return the next day and find that the fish have moved on. The key here is to keep on the move until you find the fish. Hit a gutter for 10-15 minutes and if there’s no action move to the next. Alternatively, you can stay put and enjoy the ‘bycatch’ which at this time of year can consist of fat healthy Bream, Flathead, Salmon or even a Mulloway or two!

Rocks: Playing on the local ledges is great fun at this time of the year. You can float out live baits in hope of snagging one of the lingering Longtail Tuna or fish the washes for Tailor, Bream, Luderick, Drummer or Blue Grouper. Most anglers have now shifted their focus away from the pelagics, for the few that are persisting the fish are few and far between but of gargantuan proportions. One angler recently landed a Longtail Tuna that exceeded 30kg in weight, an absolute beast of a fish! On the flip side this little bit of bad weather makes for perfect wash fishing conditions. As the waves pound the rocks and create wash they dislodge tasty morsels in the form of weed, Cunjevoi, Crabs and shellfish and this is where species such as Bream, Drummer and Luderick can be found. The best part of this fishing is that it’s really easy, uncomplicated and accessible to any able bodied fisherman.

Offshore: The Offshore scene is only getting better and better as we creep closer to Winter. The water has cooled enough that the Snapper have well and truly moved in onto the shallower local reefs. Shoals and reefs up to 25m deep are all producing a great number of fish, the shallower water (~8-15m) seems to be holding the better sized fish up to 5kg. The ‘middle ground’ from 25-60m is fishing consistently at the moment. While most Snapper coming from this depth are only small at the moment there are a lot of good sized Teraglin and Flathead around. The deeper inshore reefs (60-80) are always a good choice if you don’t mind the winding! At the moment these areas are holding some nice Teraglin, Big Pearl Perch, Yellowtail Kingfish and the odd Bar Cod.

Get out the winter woollies and raincoats and enjoy the piscatorial wonderland that exists at this time of the year.

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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