Report 18/8/17

Brad & Lisa Andrew
Great Lakes Tackle
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 18/8/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:07 am

Estuary: The Estuary fishing continues to simmer along quite well. Bream are about in fairly good numbers and remain the prime target for most anglers. Fish have been caught throughout the lake using a variety of techniques. The lure fishermen seem to be enjoying the most success fishing the weed beds and flats with small hard bodies or fishing the deeper holes using metal vibes. The humble old strip of Mullet has been producing the goods on the bait scene, particularly when drifted unweighted back in towards an oyster lease! There have been some great Flathead caught during the week. A few anglers have been lucky enough to land fish between 60-80cm with one report coming through of a fish well over a meter that was fooled into eating a whole Slimy Mackerel, after a short fight the fish spat the hook unfortunately! This unsettled weather that we are currently experiencing seems to have worked wonders for the local Luderick fishermen who have enjoyed some great fishing over the past couple of days. The fish have really thickened up in the lower sections of the river and they are of a really good size. The breakwall has been a popular spot, with the ‘spur wall’ on the outside of the boat harbour producing the most fish. The breakwall has also produced a few nice Mulloway during the week which is nice to hear after what has been a fairly quiet few months.

Beaches: The beach fishing has been a little slow over the past week. There are still a few Tailor about but they are much more spread out and seem to be of a smaller size. I haven’t heard of any fish over 50cm this week with most fish being barely legal! Interestingly one visiting angler had a great session catching some fairly nice Whiting off Main Beach in Forster using Beach Worms he also managed a chunky 40cm Bream.

Rocks: The rock fishing has been a struggle this past week as we have once again been experiencing mainly Westerly winds. We did have a bit of a NE breeze one afternoon early in the week which created a little bit of slop and provided just enough wash along our coast to stir a few Drummer up. I only received reports off two anglers that took advantage of the brief window and they both managed a couple of ‘Pigs’ along with some Bream. Hopefully this is a good sign that the rock fishing will fire once we get the swell that is meant to pick up with this current bit of bad weather we are experiencing.

Offshore: Offshore fishing has been very consistent over the past week. I wouldn’t say that the bite has been ‘red hot’ but almost every boat that has ventured out has managed to catch a good feed of Snapper, Teraglin, Pearl Perch and Flathead. The Snapper seem to have well and truly moved out to deeper water with the better catches coming from 50-70m. In saying that though the biggest fish caught for the week was a 7kg fish that was caught in 20m of water!

Luke Austin.
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