Report 1/9/17

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Report 1/9/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:53 pm

Estuary: Happy Spring everybody! Waving goodbye to Winter is for a lot of anglers a sign that it is time to dust off the gear and get back out there fishing and why not considering the (mainly) fantastic weather we have had all winter! The Estuary continues to be a little tricky to fish at the moment. Those that are happy to put the time in have been finding some great patches of Bream, mostly further up the system over the weed beds, on rock bars on in the oyster leases. Those using lures have been out fishing the bait fanatics by a mile, possibly due to the fact that they are able to cover so much more ground and actively find feeding fish rather than sit and wait in hope that something will come along. In saying that, the biggest Bream I heard of all week was taken up in the Coolongolook River on a bit of Mullet. Unfortunately, the Flathead have slowed down a fair bit over the past week with not too many making it to the net. Those anglers that had been successfully chasing them all winter are now struggling to get two legal fish in a session. On a more positive note, the Luderick fishing is only going from strength to strength. A lot of fish have been moving in to the estuary over the past week and the local anglers are absolutely hammering them! Popular spots include both Breakwalls, Forster Marina, Breckenridge Channel, Point Road and the foreshore near the Fisherman’s Co-op.

Beaches: Once again the report coming from the local beaches leaves a lot to be desired. Conditions have once again been too unsettled for the beaches to form properly and for fishermen to figure out what’s going on where! Of the few that have had a go this week the general consensus is that the Tailor have really thinned out and decreased in size. Hopefully once this bit of unsettled weather calms down we will get a clearer picture of just what is actually happening along our beaches!

Rocks: The local rock fishing has been fairly productive this past week. Anyone who has specifically gone to chase Drummer has succeeded. Unfortunately, the Silver Drummer seem to be outnumbering the Black Drummer by about 5 to 1! They are great fighters but not too good on the table. Mixed in with these brutes have been some big fat Luderick and nice Bream. These unsettled, swelly, windy days provide absolutely perfect conditions for Drummer fishing so why not gather yourself some Cunjevoi or Crabs and go have a crack this weekend!

Offshore: Once again, given the weather, it’s not surprising that there hasn’t been too many venturing offshore for a fish. Those that have been able to sneak out have been rewarded with some great fishing. There have been some great bags of Snapper caught with the odd Pearl Perch mixed in with them. Unfortunately, the Leatherjackets and Barracouta are fairly thick in spots out there. My best advice, unless you want to try to catch them of course, is to simply up anchor and move once you hit a patch of these gear destroying critters!

Enjoy your weekend, happy fishing!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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