Report 27/4/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Report 27/4/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:17 am

Estuary: Well after a week of cooler southerly-dominated weather I think it’s safe to say that Autumn is upon us! In the Estuaries Flathead continue to fish really well. It’s amazing how much the evolution of lures has transformed Flathead fishing, there is barely any ‘season’ anymore as they can be successfully lured at just about any time of the year! 3-5” Shad style soft plastics in light, natural colours have been working very well such as the Keitech 5” Shad Impact in ‘Crystal Shad’. Alternatively, hard bodied lures such as the RV Lures ‘Rack’em’up’ worked over the shallows will also work wonders as the ‘lizards’ sneak up into the shallows to warm up on the cooler mornings. Possibly the hottest Flathead spot at the moment is Smiths Lake, we have received loads of good reports coming from this underrated body of water, one fisherman fished shore based one morning and cast in the same spot over and over landing 20 fish in an hour without having to take a step! The Bream have really started to ramp up now, they can still be a little tricky to snag on lures but the bait fishers are filling their bags with no trouble at all. Tuncurry rock wall has been producing some particularly healthy fish. The Luderick season is now in full swing also, I received the first report of anglers’ catching their limit on Tuesday. Please be sensible about bag limits, just because the legislation states that you are allowed to keep a specified number that doesn’t mean you have to take that many fish each trip!

Beach and Rock: Autumn is a great time to be on the beach looking for a fish or two. Tailor are about in huge numbers at the moment with plenty of 1.5-2kg fish in amongst the schools. These fish can be easily fooled by casting 40-65g metal lures into a likely looking gutter, or indeed sighting the fish and then casting at them! If you find yourself catching plenty of fish but they are all on the small side, it sometimes pays to try casting a 80-100mm popper or stick bait, if there’s an 80cm monster there it won’t be able to resist. Alternatively, a ganged Pilchard cast into the same area should result in plenty of hook-ups with the added bonus of snagging the odd big Bream or Flathead that will often sit under the Tailor. Whiting and Bream are still in good numbers on most beaches, as are the pesky Dart that often school with them. Mulloway reports are becoming more and more common, particularly from those fishing the beaches to the north. The local stones are alive with activity at the moment! The Land Based Game guys are having a ball catching big Cobia, Longtail Tuna and Mack Tuna. The sharks seem to have backed off a little which is good. The washes are also fishing really well for Drummer, Bream and Luderick.

Offshore: While some have been down in the dumps over the abrupt end to the Mackerel season, others have been out there (in fairly average conditions!) having an absolute ball over the past week. If you still have a desire to chase a silver speedster, why not troll live baits over the same areas that you would for mackerel or along the coastline for some Longtail or Mack Tuna, they both pull much harder than any Spotty will! Teraglin are plentiful and just about any reef in 25-50m will yield enough fish to fill be box in quick time. Once the box is full of yummy Trag its then time to try and find one of the trophy Snapper that are about at the moment. With strong currents hammering the 50m+ grounds, definitely concentrate on the shallower areas. Lightly weighted plastics or baits fished over shallow reefs early or late in the day will almost certainly land you a few nice ‘Reds’, plenty of which have been up over 5kg with a couple over the past week tipping the scales at just under 10kg!

Have a great weekend!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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Re: Report 27/4/18

Post by Dusty boy 66 » Fri May 04, 2018 9:33 am

Thanks Nicole headed to the beach this weekend by all reports should be great
Thanks Dusty boy 66

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