Report 2/6/17

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 2/6/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:03 pm

Estuary: Brrr what a way to welcome in Winter! These strong SW winds make fishing in the estuary a tough proposition. It is definitely worth the discomfort though, as this time of the year is the best for big Bream and quality Luderick. The Bream fishing has been sensational throughout the estuary, many finding the better quality fish towards the mouth around the breakwalls, bridge and oyster leases such as ‘the Paddock’. In saying this though other anglers have had some fantastic top water sessions on fish way down in the bottom of the system towards Pacific Palms. It would seem the Luderick season has now kicked off in earnest, there have been a few early birds that have reported some great fish up to 43cm being caught in the Estuary. The better fish have come from the Breakwall and Point Road. Flathead are still about in good numbers however they are getting more lethargic everyday as the water temperature continues to fall. When trying to target these lazy beasts at this time of the year often the best technique is to fish with a live bait of some sort such as Mullet, Herring or small Yellowtail.

Beaches: The other side of these cold SW winds is that they provide perfect conditions for beach fishing. Unfortunately, this week the fish haven’t wanted to play the game! The Tailor have been very patchy on the beaches this week, the best bet for finding these silver beauties is to fish nice and early or late in the day and be prepared to move about until you find the fish. Bream have been fairly consistent and prolific along our beaches, worms and Salted Pilchards have been the standout baits.

Rocks: While I haven’t received much in the way of reports from the local rocks this week, there should be some great fishing on offer. Tailor are still a worthy target from the stones at this time of the year and can be easily spun up using lures or fooled into eating a pilchard on a set of gang hooks. Bream are also in huge numbers along our coastline at this time of the year and you have a real chance of landing more than a few fish well into the 40cm range. Traditionally Winter is Drummer time and the little bit of swell forecast for the next couple of days will make for perfect conditions.

Offshore: The fishing offshore over the past week has been sensational! Shallow water Snapper season is definitely under way. There seems to be huge numbers of fish from 5m-25m. Drifting and throwing soft plastics is a great way of finding fish or for those chasing a bit of relaxation, anchor up and set about floating baits down a burley trail. There are some beasts about in the shallows at the moment and there have been many reports of anglers being ‘smoked’ by big fish. The deeper water from 25-80m is fishing fairly consistently too, the odd Snapper and plenty of Teraglin making up the large majority of catches. For those willing to put in the time there are also some good Kingfish to be found in 60-80m.

Have a great weekend, rug up and stay warm!

Happy Fishing!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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