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Report 26/1/17

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:45 am
by Nicole Penfold
Estuary: Wallis Lake continues to produce some great fishing. Flathead remain the focus for locals and tourists alike. Places such as the Paddock, the Cut, and the flats up around Twin Islands and Wallis Island are all popular spots, however, you can catch a Flathead just about anywhere at the moment! Sand Whiting have been really good as well with most sand flats throughout the system producing a fish or two. Unfortunately, the Trumpeter or Winter Whiting have all but disappeared now, in saying that it was a long and very productive season this year for those that chased them. Bream are about in big numbers and some really big healthy specimens are lurking about the break walls, particularly Tuncurry at the moment. Along with great Bream, the ‘walls’ are also holding good numbers of School Mulloway to 1.2m and loads of Kingfish, from small rats through to 1.5m monsters!

Beach and Rock: Once again the weather has not been the beach and rock fisherman’s friend over this past week. The most success has been found by those fishing likely looking gutters, early in the day (before the wind kicks in), towards the northern ends of beaches where you are a bit more protected from the NE winds. Catches have mainly consisted of Whiting, Bream and the odd Flathead. With another southerly change forecast to push through next week, I will be very surprised if we don’t see a few tuna caught over the next three weeks.

Offshore: The NE winds saw the local fleet grounded for most of the week. Those that don’t mind an uncomfortable ride in the chop found a fair bit of success, particularly up north around Dennis Shoals. The biggest trick is to not simply go to a mark and start fishing but go to your selected mark and actively search for the fish or bait. It seems that once you find where the fish are congregating you are set to fill the box with Snapper, the odd Teraglin and Pearly. I am happy to report that even with the horrid NE winds we have endured over the last week, the Marlin are still about in really good numbers. With 23-34 degree water and loads of bait, now is the prime time to get out there and look for an inshore Black Marlin!

Happy Fishing!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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