Report 6/7/18

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Report 6/7/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:39 pm

Estuary: We had a real taste of some proper wintery conditions during the week which made it very hard for most to get motivated enough to wet a line in the estuary! Those that took advantage of the fair weather earlier in the week did very well with good bags of Bream, Luderick, Flathead and more than a few Mulloway being caught. Once again Bream remain the number one target for most winter fishermen and they really can be caught just about anywhere at the moment. Tuncurry break wall probably still holds the greatest number of big fish with at least one just shy of 50cm being caught in the cold rain earlier in the week. Having said that though, at the same time that the big blue-nosed bruisers are hanging about the opening of the system, there are plenty of 40+cm bronze beauties being caught on the weed beds well up into the lake! Interestingly Luderick have been somewhat patchy this week with some spots fishing very well while other, typically good, spots not holding any fish at all. I managed to have a very nice little session using artificial weed flies on Tuncurry break wall earlier in the week and I was amazed at just how fat the fish are this year!

Beach and Rock: Unfortunately, there is not a great deal to report from our local beaches this week. There is still the odd Tailor hanging about but most lures or baits intended for them are quickly snaffled up by the hordes of hungry Australian Salmon that have moved in. We have not had a good Salmon season for a few years now so it’s great to see them here this year, they are great sport on light gear and if handled correctly some enjoy them for the table. The local ledges have been fairly productive for those that have braved the weather and sea conditions. Black Drummer have come on very well now and with the ever-present Bream and Luderick making for some great by-catch it’s a great time to be on the rocks. Tailor continue to be spun up fairly easily from most platforms early and late in the day and more than a few anglers have reported being ‘smoked’ by big Kingfish, particularly off the stones to the south of town. Interestingly I had a report come through earlier in the week from an angler that managed to hook a very late Longtail Tuna!

Offshore: We were lucky to get in a few days’ offshore fishing over last weekend as from Monday on conditions have been fairly poor. Those that ventured wide on Saturday/Sunday had some great results deep-dropping for Bar Cod. Closer to shore things were a little patchy with a lot of anglers reporting a hot bite fairly late into the day which a lot of early birds missed out on. Often a late bite like that coincides with the setting of the moon and/or a tide change. Most boats still managed to find a few Snapper, big Trag and the odd nice Pearl Perch. The Flathead grounds have been fishing very good with reports of huge numbers of big fish filtering through fairly regularly. It may be cold at this time of the year, however if you take advantage of the windows of good weather you are almost guaranteed to find a few fish!

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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