Report 29/4/16

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Report 29/4/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:13 pm

Yet another ripper week offshore. The weather cleared up enough for keen anglers to head out over the shelf in search of the newly discovered Broadbill fishery off Coota. 2 boats landed nice sized fish to 150kg deep dropping large baits. It really makes you wonder how long these fish have been off of Coota without anglers knowing.

Other not so adventurous anglers have been doing very well on the big tiger flathead out in 60ft of water off Gabo Island. The fish have been hammering pilchards and small squid on paternoster rigs as soon as it hits the bottom.
Kingfish are around but very patchy with the odd one turning up behind boats bottom bouncing. The best method has been to throw slow pitch and micro jigs around the boat whilst having a few flathead lines out.

Off the rocks and beaches there have been plenty of tailor pestering the massive shoals of bait entering the estuary at this time of year. Spinning metal lures has been the undoing of these fish.
Some good sliver trevally have also shown up in the new and old harbour at Bastion Point. Squidgy Flick Baits on 2g jig heads have been a deadly combo for these hard fighting fish.

Around the jetties in the main channel there have been plenty of good sized trevally and mullet being caught. The fish have been taking a liking to slated pilchard fillets rigged weightless on a small circle hook, and floated along with the current until a fish finds it.
There have been some XOS sized garfish around the mouth of Harrison’s Channel with tuned in anglers getting fish in excess of 45cm. Fishing pieces of peeled prawn under small floats with no weight has been the best method.
There have also been rumours of some large salmon in the channel. The fish have mainly been seen harassing baitfish and free jumping along the edge at Tee Tree Point.

Up the top lake the bream have been firing on the drop offs. Some really good fish have been taken by fishing soft plastic worm style lures down the banks with short sharp flicks of the rod. Before allowing a long pause on the bottom.
Bait fisherman have also been smashing the bream by pulling up on the banks and casting local prawns as far away from the boat as possible. Most of the fish have been taken using line lighter than 8lb as the fish have been fairly tuned in to the bait fishing ways.
There are still some nice flatties getting around in most of the known spots around the lake. Places like Snapper Point, Palmer’s Bank, Dead Finish and John Bull have all been producing fish. There have been a lot of smaller fish in the 30-40cm bracket but some larger specimens pushing 55+ have also been taken by anglers putting in a bit of time with medium sized soft plastics.

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