Report 12/1/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Report 12/1/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:22 pm

Estuary: The local estuaries continue to fish really well here in the Great Lakes. Flathead are a summer fisherman’s delight and there are plenty of them about at the moment. The fish are in top shape at the moment with the 45/50cm models providing some nice thick juicy fillets. I have had a few reports of fish just over 50cm that have been full of eggs though so if you have a few fish for a feed and manage to catch a super healthy looking 50-something fish, please consider letting it go to breed. Again, most of the better fish are being taken using soft vibes and plastics. Soft vibes in the ‘whitebait’ colour are by far the best option, and while they are a little more pricey that their soft plastic counterparts, they are deadly on Flathead, Bream, Whiting, Snapper and Mulloway! There are some huge Bream along the breakwalls at the moment, we have caught quite a few while live-baiting for mulloway, they are extremely frustrating as they mow through our live Herring, but some are big enough to be caught on a 5/0 Livebait hook which is pretty cool! A leisurely walk across our beautiful bridge will be all it takes to show you that the Sand Whiting are about in good numbers. Every sand flat within the system is holding great fish at the moment which can be targeted using bait or lures. Worms, yabbies and live Prawns are by far the best baits while surface lures and Gulp Worms in ‘natural’ are very productive artificial offerings!

Beaches: The local beaches have been really nice over the past week. While there is still a bit of weed about on some beaches, most have some nice, fishable water along them. Most anglers have been successful in finding a few fish with bags mainly consisting of Tailor, Bream and Whiting. Some really nice Whiting have been hanging about on Forster Main Beach lately which is a nice easy spot to fish. Unfortunately, the local mulloway fishermen have been plagued by Shovel-nosed Rays. While a few smaller fish have been encountered on the beaches to the south, most baits have been snaffled up by the rays before any Jew get the chance.

Rocks: Not a lot has changed from last week along our local rock platforms. The Land Based Game crew have been playing with the odd Mack Tuna, Bonito and small kingfish, but by and large the rocks have been fairly quiet. We are due to get a fair bit of southerly wind and swell over the next few days which should kick things into gear.

Offshore: The offshore fishing out of Forster/Tuncurry just keeps getting better and better. Not only are the reefs still firing with some great catches of teraglin and Snapper coming in during the week, we are now seeing good numbers of Black Marlin over the inshore areas. Finding the fish is fairly straight forward, simply find the bait and you will find the fish. Mahi Mahi or dolphinfish are about in decent numbers now too, and it’s about time! The next few days are going to be pretty dodgy as far as the weather goes with a strong southerly coming through and some big seas to go with it. On a positive note, once we get out the other side of the rough stuff we should see some nice clear, warm water about the place teeming with game fish!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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