Report 22/9/17

Brad & Lisa Andrew
Great Lakes Tackle
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 22/9/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:02 pm

Estuary: Wallis Lake truly is paradise! The water at the moment is crystal clear which makes driving across the bridge absolute torture. The estuary system continues to fish really well. While there are still plenty about, Bream will slowly begin to take a backseat now as the mighty Flathead begins to steal most anglers’ attention over the next few months. The good old ‘lizards’ have fished really consistently over the cooler months and are becoming more and more prominent amongst catches as the week’s tick along. By far the most effective method of fooling these critters is the use of artificial baits. Soft vibes, such as the 70mm Samaki Vibelicious, and soft plastics will account for most, however slow trolling hard bodied lures can be just as deadly. The biggest thing to remember when targeting these lazy buggers, particularly while it’s a bit on the cool side, is to slow down and give the fish plenty of time to commit to the lure. I am happy to report that the Winter or Trumpeter Whiting have begun to school up in certain areas of the system and are of a nice size. Please, if you are targeting these little guys fish responsibly and only keep what you need! The Luderick fishermen are a happy bunch at the moment as the fishing has been great for the past couple of weeks.

Beaches: Similar to last weeks’ report, the local beaches have been a bit quiet over the past week. Most beaches are holding good numbers of Worms so bait gathering isn’t an issue. The fish just aren’t there though which is a hugely frustrating thing. There is good bait, good water and no fish! Having said that, with this beautiful weather we have been having a lazy afternoon on the beach catching worms and landing one or two Whiting or Bream isn’t really a bad thing!

Rocks: Unfortunately, I haven’t received any reports from the rocks this week. I would imagine the fishing has been similar to last weeks’ report. Fishing a little bit of wash should reward you with some nice Bream, Luderick and possibly Drummer, while soaking a whole crab on some heavy gear could land you a mighty Blue Drummer!

Offshore: The fishing Offshore has been really good over the past week. Teraglin and Flathead have been making up the bulk of catches. The reef systems to the north that sit in 40-70m are absolutely alive with Teraglin and they can be caught on just about any bait you can think of. Just remember that the bag limit for these guys is only 5 per person and they do suffer from barotrauma so once you have your limit try to avoid killing any more. Snapper have been fairly consistent as well and can be caught from the same reef areas. The shallow grounds have also been fishing well, the bite is very early though and you are very unlikely to see too many fish once that sun gets up in the sky.

Enjoy your weekend, happy fishing!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
Ph: 02 6554 9541
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