Report 10/8/18

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Report 10/8/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:25 pm

Estuary: Wallis Lake has hardly been wintery this week! The days have been absolutely perfect and the fishing action has been just as good! Flathead continue to be the standout at the moment, simply because they just shouldn’t be so prominent at this time of year! One regular visitor to the area reported catching a huge amount of nice 45-55cm fish along the western side of Wallis Island, he was using Z-man soft plastics and commented that the secret was to simply slow things down and give the lure a lot of time in between lifts. Bream continue to feature in a lot of catches, particularly in the bottom parts of the system, towards the mouth. They are nowhere near as numerous as they were a few weeks ago but the fish that are there are very healthy and willing to eat a well-presented bait or soft plastic. For me, this week’s standout plastic has been the 2” Easy Shiner from Keitech, in the super clear water that we have at the moment the more natural looking lures are the way to go! Luderick have been very thick along the break walls and bridge this week, if you go for a walk at high tide with a decent pair of Sunglasses you will see masses of them laying along the bottom. These fish can be tempted with a bit of burley at any stage of the tide but are biting best right on the bottom of the tide and just as it starts to run back in.

Beach and Rock: The beaches to the south have been fishing pretty good this week. Celito has probably been the pick of the bunch and is holding good numbers of Tailor up to 4kg as well as the odd Salmon and school Mulloway. Most beaches are still holding good numbers of Bream and Dart as well as the odd Flathead. The rock platforms have been fishing really good for Black Drummer. They can be a little hard to crack with this super clear water that we have had lately but once you find the right water and toss in a little burley you should have no problem in finding a few. Like always, there are also plenty of nice sized Bream and Luderick thrown into the mix which make for some pretty good by-catch!

Offshore: This week’s report for the offshore brigade is a bit of a mirror image of last weeks’. In general, the fishing hasn’t been too bad with most boats managing to get a decent feed of mixed reef fish and Flathead. Snapper have been very hard to find on the shallow reefs which has been a little frustrating, however they seem to be holding in good numbers once you venture out a little deeper. On the same deeper inshore reefs (40-70m) Teraglin and Pearl Perch have been about in good numbers, as have the Ocean Leatherjackets which, while they are tasty, can be a nuisance as they tend to bite rigs off. There haven’t been too many boats going out wide this week, the one report that I did receive was from a boat that managed to get two good Bar Cod and a few nice Nannygai.

Have a great weekend!

Luke Austin.
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