Report 13/10/17

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 13/10/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:27 am

Estuary: The crystal clear waters of Wallis Lake continue to shine both aesthetically as well as from the fisherman’s point of view! As eluded to last week the Trumpeter Whiting have been about for a few weeks now and have well and truly settled in to most of the deeper channels within the estuary. Sand Whiting are also slowly waking up and while I am yet to hear of many caught on bait, those bigger shallow water models are definitely having a chew on the good old Sugapen’s and other small surface lures. Along with the Whiting, you will also find nice Bream and the odd Flathead sunbaking up on the flats. The Flathead have hit another gear this week with some great reports filtering through. A lot of smaller fish to 40cm have woken up now and have definitely started to fill the gaps in between the better quality fish. Again fishing with soft plastics and vibes have been the standout methods of fooling them, one sneaky local has also been hammering nice fish to 75cm using the Atomic Vib60 which has a very seductive little rattle inside it.
Luderick continue to fish really well along the breakwalls and the regulars are still getting their bags on most days.

There has been much talk recently surrounding the local Kingfish population. These fish are almost certainly resident fish now and their numbers are growing more and more every week. They can be hard to fool and very picky as far as what they will eat and when they will eat it. While others have reported that they can only be tempted by live baiting with Squid or fish, they can definitely be taken using surface poppers and stickbaits or even soft plastics.

The breakwall has also been producing some really nice Mulloway over the past week. Most have been taken while fishing for the aforementioned Kingfish with live baits but at least one was taken by a local angler while flicking a Squidgy Flickbait into the wash on Forster side. A final word regarding the Kingfish, once you figure them out its very likely that you will have days where you might catch a fish every cast, please be sensible and only ever keep what you need. If we look after these fish they will be here for us to enjoy for many years to come!

Beaches: Now that we have turned the corner and water temperatures are on the rise, the beach fishing is definitely heating up. There have been some great Bream (to 40cm) being caught along 9 Mile Beach using Worms and Pipi’s with the odd stonking big Whiting in the mix as well. One local pair had a cracking session on some good sized Tailor (50-60cm) earlier in the week down at Cellito Beach, all their fish were taken on Pilchards! Unfortunately, these were the only Tailor worth reporting for the week. There have been a few Mulloway hanging about as well, no big fish but nice 7-10kg school sized ones. All fish caught this week have been taken on live Beach Worms.

Rocks: Unfortunately, not a lot has changed from last week’s report as far as the local rocks go. The ledges to the south are holding plenty of bait in the form of Yakka’s and Slimey Mackerel, however the predators are few and far between. Most inshore Kelp beds are holding some decent Southern Calamari Squid which can definitely be targeted from most headlands for those wanting to try something a little different in order to get their rock fishing fix.

Offshore: Offshore the fishing has been good when the weather allows us to get out. These persistent easterly winds make for some fairly unsettled conditions even in the biggest of boats. Those that have ventured out have reported solid catches of Teraglin and Sand Flathead, the Snapper and Pearl Perch have been a little slower this week but that may only be due to the lack of boats trying to catch them!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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