Report 19/4/18

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Report 19/4/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:12 pm

Most of the action has been from in around the Islands this week.
Flathead still in excellent numbers. The back of Gabo Island in 30-40m has been producing good numbers of sand flathead. Out in 50m of water (anywhere between Gabo and Bastion Point) the tiger flathead and also a few very large sand flathead have been taken. These fish have been responding best to pilchard cubes fished on the bottom. Other methods like micro jigs and soft plastics also working well.

The reef fishing has been very productive as well with plenty of pinkie snapper, morwong and leatherjacket all being taken off the reefs in front of the Tip Beach sand dune and Betka Beach. These reefs usually 30-40m deep have been producing the best fish. Bait selection has been very wide with fish taking everything from squid to blue bait. Any oily bait will work well.

Gummy sharks around a meter in length still numerous in 40m of water off the Pump Shed (Mallacoota side of Gabo Island). Whole pilchards drifted close to the bottom taking the best fish here.

A few good salmon at Bastion Point. Both the gutters along the beach and the break wall producing fish. Baits fished either weightlessly (off the wall) or on a standard surf fishing rig (for the beach gutters) have been working well. Whole or half pilchards producing the best numbers of fish.
A few bream and flathead have been encountered in the wash zone off Betka beach. These fish have been taking both baits and lures well. Fishing with the aid of a small burley trail will see better numbers of fish caught. Pilchard fillets of pipis working well.

Giant tailor still on the bite with a few anglers hooking into these fish. They have been very timid towards large lures so fishing smaller metal lures and soft plastics has been the way to catch these fish. Try fishing the drop offs at Goodwin Sands for the best chance at hooking into one of these fish.

Flathead still in alright numbers despite the water beginning to cool for the year. Again small lures out fishing bigger options. Black vibes have been the best lure to catch a flathead on this week. Small jerk bait styled soft plastics also taking a few fish.
Bream are about at last and biting reasonably well. Anglers fishing with hardbodies are still struggling though. The best fishing has been fishing deep drop offs and rock walls with small natural styled soft plastics. Either curl or paddle tail working. Fishing slow and making sure you cover water has also been key to catching these fish.

The odd trevally getting around for anglers fishing the drop offs at Goodwin Sands. These fish respond well to baits such as prawns. The best method however has been to fish soft plastic jerk baits quiet quickly over the bottom and lower quarter of the water column.

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