Report 11/8/17

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Report 11/8/17

Post by subeditor » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:55 pm

With the weather we have had over the past few weeks it’s hard to believe it’s still winter! Fishing in August is often very poor and uncomfortably cold, not this August. The estuary continues to fish really well, Bream are about in good numbers and seem to be spread fairly evenly throughout the system. A lot of better fish seem to be coming from surprisingly shallow water so make sure you don’t discount the skinny spots and take your time to sneak about and scope out any signs of activity. It is in these areas where the stealthiness provided by the use of an electric motor really pays off, creeping along casting shallow diving hard bodies or surface lures is a deadly technique. Flathead just keep on keeping on and again seem to be just about everywhere. Slowly working soft plastics and vibes seems to be producing the best results. Luderick continue to be frustrating and that seems to be the case throughout the mid north coast. The best bet is to fish the breakwalls, bridge pylons and weed beds and use nice fresh weed.

The local beaches don’t seem to have settled well after the last bout of swell that we had. Prior to the swell the beaches were fishing really well and while there are still some good fish being caught there doesn’t seem to be anywhere near as much ‘good water’ along our beaches. The more southern beaches such as 7 Mile seem to be the pick. Most anglers are reporting good catches of Bream and there are still good numbers of Tailor about. The Tailor see to be feeding on really small bait at the moment so don’t be afraid to try downsizing your offerings. Mulloway to 14kg have been a regular catch by those willing to put in the time and effort. Nearly all of the fish taken over the past two weeks have been taken on freshly caught Beach Worms with a few falling for fresh Tailor fillets.

There is very little swell about at the moment which presents a bit of a challenge for the local rock fishing brigade. When the seas are flat the main targets off the rocks are Groper, Squid and maybe a Bream or two. Fishing the local Kelp beds for Squid is a fun and very productive way to get yourself a feed, using technology such as Google Earth and the new NSW Government website Six Maps are a good way of finding places to fish.
Offshore: The fishing offshore has been really good over the past two weeks. Snapper are here in good numbers and most trips have been producing at least one or two fish up around that 4-8kg mark. The bait fishermen can expect to score great mixed bag consisting of Snapper, Teraglin and Pearl Perch. There doesn’t seem to be a preferred depth, fish are coming from as shallow as 6m and as deep as 70m so get out there and have a crack!

Enjoy what’s shaping up to be a really nice weekend, there is plenty of fish around so get out there and make the most of it!
Happy Fishing!

Luke Austin.

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