Report 6/4/18

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Report 6/4/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:26 pm

Estuary: The Easter long weekend consisted of some absolutely magical weather accompanied by some fantastic fishing! The local Estuaries are all fishing really well at the moment, Wallis Lake has some really good numbers of big Bream hanging about in the lower sections of the system along the rockwalls and in the oyster leases. In saying that though, there has also been a few really nice bags of fish caught from the very bottom of the lake over the weed beds. Flathead continue to tick along nicely and were the main focus of most visitors over the long weekend, reports were great with plenty of 40-50cm fish making the keeper nets. Whiting are back in good numbers now that water clarity has returned and can be easily caught using yabbies or worms fished lightly up on top of the flats or on surface lures. While there are not too many people chasing them yet, there seems to be good numbers of Luderick starting to school up along the breakwalls which hopefully is a bit of a sign of a great season to come.

Beach and Rock: The weather has been very favourable for beach fishing over the past week and those that have hit the sand have reported mixed results. Those chasing Tailor have found the odd fish but the quality has dropped a little with not many fish exceeding 35cm. the same gutters fished with fresh worm or Pipi baits have yielded much better results as they have been holding some really nice Whiting and large Bream. The Mulloway chasers have been doing well up around Diamond Beach and the northern end of 9 Mile Beach however Shovel Nosed Rays and small sharks have been a little frustrating. The Rocks have continued to fish fairly well over the past week with plenty of Mack and Longtail Tuna hooked. Unfortunately, the local shark population has been very prominent along the rocks and 9 out of 10 fish hooked have not been landed. By far the coolest catch of the week off the rocks was a 6.5kg Giant Trevally caught by Rob Wilkes!

Offshore: The offshore fishing scene is a buzz at the moment with all sorts of fish swimming about in good numbers. Spotted and Spanish Mackerel remain at the top of a lot of lists and you can almost be guaranteed a fish or two if you fish the right spots at the right time. Mackerel feeding habits seem to be strongly influenced by tide so fishing about a tide change is by far my biggest tip. Marlin are still about but nowhere near as prominent as they were. The bottom fishing has been fairly consistent, the reefs to the north have definitely been the pick and it seems to be that the further north you go the better the Snapper fishing is! I had a few reports this week of ‘Reds’ from 70-98cm and whispers of one that tipped the scales at 14kg… I am still awaiting the proof of that one though!

Have a great weekend.
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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