Report 11/9/17

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 11/9/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:03 am

Estuary: The Great Lakes has experienced some trademark Spring weather over the past week. The days are getting warmer and warmer and the wind has been relentless. While these conditions are not the most comfortable for fishermen, the fish are definitely there to be caught! The Bream fishing continues to power along within the estuary with good fish being taken from all areas of the system. The shore-based bait fishermen have had some good results fishing from the Tuncurry Breakwall using strips of Mullet, cooked Prawns and live Yabbies. When fishing these high flow, snaggy areas remember to keep the rig nice and simple. Having no sinker or a pea sized sinker running right down to the hook and simply floating your offering along the rock wall is the very best way to trick a few Bream! Further up the system people are finding some cracking fish amongst the Oyster leases and over the weed beds. Flathead seem to have picked up again after a brief rest and should only get more and more active over the next few months leading up to their peak season. Drifting the sand banks and drop-offs while tossing some 3” soft plastics is by far the best way of finding the fish, particularly on the last half of the run out tide. Unfortunately, the Luderick fishing has come to a screeching halt. This years’ season seems to have come and gone all within a matter of three weeks…

Beaches: The local beaches have been a beautiful place to be for the most part of the last week. Winds have been strong but mainly from the west which has made the coastline calm and clear. Unfortunately, even with perfect conditions, the fishing has been fairly poor at best! 7 Mile has some great looking water and a good population of Beach Worms on it at the moment, but in a two hour session with freshly caught bait we could only manage three average sized Bream. There have been a few sporadic schools of Tailor still cruising about but you just need to be at the right spot at the right time to encounter them.

Rocks: The westerly winds and calm coastline eluded to earlier have done no favours for the local rock fishing scene. Even those who have put in a significant amount of time this week have only managed to catch a few Bream. There has been big schools of Pilchards starting to hit our beaches and headlands this week though so hopefully things might start to turn on soon.

Offshore: Offshore fishing has been very consistent this week. While the winds have been an annoyance, those that have ventured out have come back with some great hauls consisting of Snapper, Pearl Perch and Flathead. The best fishing seems to be out in 50-70m. One boat ventured wide on Saturday and had a cracking day, they ended up with 15 Bar Cod, 1 Gemfish and a 120kg Striped Marlin! With the amount of baitfish starting to school up I wouldn’t be surprised if we start to see a few more Kingfish being caught.

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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