Report 29/12/17

Brad & Lisa Andrew
Great Lakes Tackle
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 29/12/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:00 pm

Estuary: Well the holiday season has well and truly kicked in now here in the beautiful Great Lakes! The influx of visitors to the area naturally translates into very busy days on the water. As long as we all remain calm and patient we can all still enjoy what our beautiful waterways have to offer. On the fishing front the estuary remains a great option. All the usual summer species are well and truly on the hunt at the moment and most anglers are reporting good catches. The Flathead fishing continues to be best a little further up the system with soft vibes and soft plastics doing most of the damage! Bream are available pretty much throughout the whole system at the moment, surface lures in the upper reaches will definitely attract some attention, as will a lightly weighted strip of Mullet or Whitebait floated along the breakwalls. Sand Whiting are about in good numbers also, any sand flat from the bridge to Pacific Palms should hold plenty (as long as they weren’t commercially netted the night before!).

Beaches: Even with the pesky easterly winds there have been plenty of people hitting the beaches in search of a feed. Most reports have been positive with most bags consisting mainly of Bream and Flathead with the odd Whiting thrown into the mix. Unfortunately, the Mulloway scene has been fairly quiet over the past week with most baits intended for the mighty silver ghost being snavelled up by the pesky Shovelnosed Rays and White-spotted Guitarfish.

Rocks: Following on from last week, the local rocks continue to fish fairly well. Spinning metals and hard-bodied lures should result in a few hook ups, particularly early or late, with the odd Tailor, Small Kingfish and Bonito cruising about. Soaking baits in close to the rocks you will find plenty of Bream, the odd Drummer, late Luderick or even a Snapper or two. On the calmer days it may well be worth catching a few crabs and seeing if you can fool a mighty Blue Groper!

Offshore: The fishing offshore is absolutely awesome at the moment. Even though the water quality is not the best, the reef fish are plentiful. Snapper seem to be present on just about any piece of reef you can find, be it 20m or 80m. In between some quality Snapper up to 6kg, there have been some nice Teraglin of 40-60cm and Pearl Perch to 40cm. A quick stop in 40-50m over the sand on the way home will also see you fill the esky with a few nice Flatties.
It looks like we will have some fairly nice weather over the weekend. The fishing is on fire so why not get out there and have a crack. If you do, please be patient at the ramps and instead of losing your cool or laughing a people maybe think about offering them a hand if need be.

All the best for the New Year, see you in 2018!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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