Report 15/12/17

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 15/12/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:23 pm

Estuary: Following on from last week, Wallis Lake is absolutely on fire! The winds have been a bit of an annoyance but for those that sneak out early or find spots out of the breeze, the fishing has been fantastic. Flathead continue to be the main focus for most, the better catches seem to be coming from a little further upstream at the moment. While the lower reaches of the system have huge numbers of fish, the 50cm+ models are definitely more prominent further up. Bream are also on fire, this time of year surface presentations work a treat as the fish are keyed in on all the beetles, cicada’s and Prawns. Surface lures skipped fairly steadily across the surface will also attract the interest of any hungry Whiting in the area, this in my opinion is about as much fun as you can have in the estuary!

Beaches: While the wind has still been horrible for beach fishing most days, this past week has seen a big improvement in water quality along our coastline. With improved water comes an increase in fish numbers and activity. Bream, Whiting and the odd Mulloway have all been on the cards off the local sand this week. 9 Mile and 7 Mile Beaches have both been fantastic for Bream and Whiting, while the beaches to the north have been fishing the best for Mulloway up to 8kg. Beach Worms have been the preferred bait by a mile, fresh slabs of Tailor (if you can get one) or whole USA Squid have also been working.

Rocks: As eluded to above, we have seen a vast improvement in water quality over the past week. Off the rocks now you can expect to run into the odd Bonito, some nice chopper Tailor, small Kingfish (maybe XL Kingfish too!), Bream and some late Drummer. With all the bait around and the fact that there are some good schools of Bonito cruising about, it shouldn’t be long until we see some Tuna along our shores. Fingers crossed for a cracking LBG season this year, I know there is a lot of people waiting for it to kick in!

Offshore: We were lucky to score a little bit of a reprise from the horrible easterly winds earlier in the week and plenty of boats took full advantage of it. The fishing has been very consistent offshore of late with some cracking mixed bags being caught. Snapper have been really good on just about any bit of reef sitting in 40-80m with the better fish pushing 5/6kg. Amongst the Snapper have been the odd Pearl Perch to 2kg and some average sized Teraglin around the 50-60cm mark. Mahi Mahi or Dolphin fish have arrived finally however they are still a little patchy. This weekend is looking like a bit of a windy one again, we might be confined to the estuaries yet again!

Have a great weekend!

Luke Austin.
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