Report 16/6/17

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Report 16/6/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:02 am

Estuary: We are so lucky here in the Great Lakes to have such a resilient, healthy and productive estuary system. Even though we are well into winter there are still a lot of good Flathead being caught. Small (3”) Pearl White/White coloured soft plastics seem to be their kryptonite and they are being taken throughout the system. Luderick fever has well and truly kicked in. While the land based options such as the breakwall are a little hit and miss, the oyster leases and weed beds up the lake are firing at the moment and producing some cracking fish up over that 40cm mark. While the specialised Luderick tackle makes targeting these bronze beauties easier, you can definitely have a go at them using your traditional Bream/Whiting gear. Be careful though, watching that float bob up and down is a seriously addictive style of fishing! Bream continue to fish really well with a lot of fish up over the 35cm mark. The usual spots consisting of a good deal of hard structure are producing a lot of fish as are the shallow weed beds and sand flats. Fishing the shallow stuff with surface lures is about as much fun as you can have up the lake! On the crabbing front, the Muddies are still about in solid numbers and are nice full crabs at the moment. They seem to be everywhere from Shallow bay to well up into the Wallamba system.

Beaches: The beaches are being plagued by big Bream at the moment. One local angler fished to the south and had a cracking session using Pipi’s as bait, he managed 35 Bream in 1.5 hours. The smallest he caught was 32cm! Tailor are also fairly thick at certain spots. By far the stand out Tailor beaches have been 7 Mile to the south and Blackhead to the north. Interestingly the fish on 7 Mile seem to be very fussy when it comes to bait fishing but ravenous if a decent metal lure is retrieved through them! Naturally, the Mulloway are being found not too far from the Tailor so if you’re having a nice little session on the tailor it might pay to toss out a whole live bait or slab.

Rocks: The local rocks are still producing some good fish with most catches consisting of Bream, Drummer and Tailor. The Drummer have been a little patchy so far but the guys that know the best spots are finding a few nice ones. The best part about targeting Drummer is that even if the ‘Pigs’ don’t want to play the game, chances are that you will still hook into some quality Bream and Luderick. There are some nice Kingfish still coming from the rocks as well, while there haven’t been any reports of monsters for a while, most fish are between 70-90cm which make for great fun and fantastic eating.

Offshore: Offshore fishing over the past week has been fairly consistent. There are some good Snapper to be found on the shallower grounds to the north while the deeper grounds to the south seem to be the pick once you get out over 30m. The deeper reefs are holding a lot of Snapper up to 3kg along with some nice Teraglin. There should also be the odd Kingfish hanging about on the bigger lumps for those wishing to do some searching.

Once again with a solid southerly blow forecast to come through on Saturday afternoon the weekend isn’t looking the best as far as fishing goes. Make the most of Saturday morning and enjoy some of the great fishing that is on offer at this time of the year!

Happy Fishing!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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