Report 24/10/17

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Report 24/10/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:39 pm

Offshore
Kingfish still to be caught between Betka Beach and Little Ram. The fish can still be found by looking for tightly bunched flocks of petrels, terns, seagulls and gannets feeding on the surface. The fish have been very finicky and will sound if a boat spooks them. Casting or trolling large metal lures and shallow diving bibbed minnows has been the way to target these fish. Smaller jigs also working when fished through deeper schools.

Gummy sharks still very abundant in 40-50m of water at Gabo Island. Large fish fillet baits still working the best for these fish. Half or whole pilchard also working well though. Try any means of slowing the drift e.g knocking the boat in and out of reverse or using a sea anchor, to allow the sharks to find the baits.

Reef fishing producing a few pinkie snapper, morwong and leatherjacket. Fish with pieces of pilchard or squid rigged on lighter lines close to the bottom over any of the reefs off Bastion Point to find the fish.

Flathead still patchy but Talaberga Island has been alright. 30m the best depth and pilchard the best bait here. Try drifting over various spots along the 30m line until schools of fish are found.

Beach
Large salmon schools slowly beginning to disappear with the warmer water that has been pushed down the coast. Smaller schools or lone fish can still be found in many of the gutters along the beaches. Anglers fishing along Bastion Point gutters having the best results this week with the average sized fish being in the 2-3kg bracket. Whole pilchards rigged on ganged hooks the best method.

Tailor and trevally can be caught off the break wall on high tide using weightless pilchard cubes.

Drummer can be taken off the rocks between Bastion Point and Tip Beach. Weightless prawn cubes fished in a berley trail of bread working the best.

Lake
Coul’s Inlet fishing very well for eating sized flathead in the 35-50cm range. Small fish style soft plastics taking most of the fish. Live poddy mullet also very effective.

Harrison’s Channel producing luderick and bream for anglers fishing with bass yabbies. Try casting baits just off the drop offs for the best results.

The Narrows producing a few flathead for anglers fishing with prawn style soft plastics. The top side drop offs where the top lake begins fishing the best. Snapper Point also worth a look.

Double creek edges producing a few bream for anglers rolling hardbodied lures. Try finding edges with a bit of discolouration and wind chop for the best results.

Palmers Bank also producing bream for anglers fishing lightly weighted soft plastics. Try fishing in various depths to locate where the majority of fish are feeding.

Cape Horn rock walls producing bream for anglers fishing with vibes and soft plastics. The shallower water here has been fishing better in the afternoons.

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