Report 5/1/18

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Report 5/1/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:34 pm

Estuary: Wallis Lake is a fishing wonderland in the month of January. All the typical Summer species are about in abundance and relatively easy to fool. Flathead remain the focus of most anglers’ fishing effort, those that seem to be having the most success have been fishing the edges and drop offs throughout the middle of the estuary using soft plastics and soft vibes. Here in the shop we have been struggling to keep up with the demand for the new Gulp Mantis Shrimp in the white and chartreuse colour. Bream are well and truly spread throughout the system from the freshwater reaches right down to the breakwalls. Sand Whiting have been very active with these nice high tides that we have been experiencing, this is a great time of the year to try your luck using some surface lures up over the flats. Otherwise fishing just about any of the sand flats and associated drop offs with some worms, yabbies or prawns should see you find a good bag of Whiting, Bream, Flathead and maybe a Flounder or two. On a bit of a side note, while it’s no surprise that there have been more than a few big Kingfish cruising about the lake system of late, this past week has seen a few caught a long way from the mouth. The area they are holding in has some nice deep water, plenty of cover and an almost endless supply of baitfish. About 100m from where the Kings are, there have been 3 Mulloway up to 92cm caught over the past week! How good is Wallis Lake?!

Beaches: While the water along our coast is still fairly average, the fishing along our beaches has really started to improve. The beaches to the south seem to be fishing the best. 7 Mile has been very consistent over the last week with anglers scoring great mixed bags of Bream, Tailor, Flathead, Whiting and School Mulloway up to 90cm. The key seems to be fishing early and late with Beach Worms, Pilchards or Squid baits.

Rocks: Not a great deal has changed for our local rock fishing brigade since last week. Small Kings are still fairly thick and provide a bit of fun while waiting for something bigger to come along. Bonito are also cruising about now; they are a little patchy though. Fishing from most of the prominent headlands right on daybreak or dusk at this time of year gives you a great shot at landing a land-based Snapper with some huge fish cruising about the shallows at the moment. As the sun gets up, keep on persisting, while the ‘Reds’ will stop feeding, the big Blue Groper that hug our coastline will happily feed all day!

Offshore: While the estuary has been fishing really great, the real jewel in the Great Lakes’ crown lately has been the offshore reef fishing! There is absolutely Snapper galore at the moment. Pick a bit of reef, in any depth of water, fish it early or late in the day and you will almost definitely catch fish! The big full moon did play havoc for a few days with the reefs under 25m but even these shallow areas are now back in full swing. Along with some really good Snapper to 8kg, the reefs are also producing some good catches of Teraglin as well as a few big Pearl Perch over the few days leading up to the full moon. The water quality is still fairly average, however the temperature has now come up to between 21 and 22.5 degrees and there are some great patches of bait around so it is no surprise that a few small Black Marlin have been encountered this week.

Have a great Weekend!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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