Report 23/3/18

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Report 23/3/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:28 pm

Offshore
Not many boats venturing out wide so there has been no talk about marlin. In closer the kingfish made an appearance at Talaberga Island. A few
also appearing at Gabo Island. The best method is trolling large hardbodied lures. Sight casting to surface feeding fish also working well. The gummy sharks have still been in some numbers. The better fish have seemed to push back towards Talaberga and some have even been taken between there and Bastion Point. The best method is to slowly drift over a rubble bottom or drop off and fish either whole pilchards or strips of fresh fish like salmon and trevally close to the bottom.

The tiger flathead have been in 50m of water straight out the front of Bastion Point. Wide off Talaberga also working well for both tiger and blue spot flathead. Cubes of pilchard and squid working the best for these fish. Double paternoster rigs always a stand out when targeting them also. A report of some pinkie snapper in the 40-50cm bracket have come in from anglers fishing off the Tip Beach Sand dune in 40m. Soft plastics and cubes of pilchard or trevally taking these fish.

Beaches
Some good salmon at Davis Creek Beach. An hour before the top of the tide has been best. Whole pilchards rigged on ganged hooks and fished behind the break has been the best way to get these fish. Try metal lures if the bait bite seems slow.

Lake
Flounder prolific in the bottom lake at the moment. Areas like Tee Tree Point, John Bull and Howe Bight all producing good numbers of these tasty fish. Small curl tail soft plastics, vibes and whole prawns fished on the bottom working well. Flathead still around the main channel markers. Try fishing small prawn style lures for these fish. For the bigger models try 100mm soft plastic paddle tails and jerk baits. Fish the drop offs and weed beds where there is reasonable amounts of bait.

Luderick can be found in Harrisons Channel although fishing the traditional float/ green weed method has been difficult with there being no flow. Try fishing with mussel or bass yabbies to get the fish instead. Bream have been a bit tricky to catch. Deeper water has been where the best action has been. 3-4m of water out the back of Goodwin Sands and Howe Bight has been a constant producer for these fish. Small soft plastics with a curl tail or paddle tail working very well for these fish. A 1/8-1/16th jig head the best weight to use.

A few fish also being taken in shallower water for anglers using small bibbed hardbodies. Rattling chubby styled lures out fishing silent jerk baits. Anywhere there is structure or wind pushing against the shore has been a good spot to target these fish. A twitch twitch pause retrieve has been working the best.

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