Report 14/9/18

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Report 14/9/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:19 am

Estuary: We have enjoyed an absolutely beautiful week here in the Great Lakes. Daytime temperatures have really started to climb and the beautiful waters of Wallis Lake have followed suit. The Estuary is now sitting at about 18 degrees and this has really fired the Flathead up. One angler reported that on Tuesday any soft plastic they threw caught fish, he did mention that a lot of the fish were small 30-40cm fish but he managed to get a few decent fish for a feed and had great fun doing it! The Bream that have been haunting the Oyster Leases and rock walls down near the mouth of the system have really thinned out over the past week as they continue to spread out after their annual spawning ritual. While plenty of good fish can and will be caught in places such as ‘the Paddock’ or off the bridge pylons, the fishing on the weed beds, sand flats and up in the tributaries should really pick up as we move closer to Summer. Luderick fishermen have been a bag of mixed reports this week. The spots that have fished really well up until now have been a little quiet while those that have searched for the fish have reported some red-hot fishing! Trumpeter Whiting are definitely here now and most are of a decent size which will make the cocktail brigade happy.

Beach and Rock: There have been some monstrous Tailor cruising our coastline of late. While there are still some nice fish to be caught at 7 Mile beach, those anglers that travel a little further have the best chance of hooking into one of these 85-90cm beasts! One fisherman was blown away multiple times using 40lb leader (the heaviest he had), only managing to land one fish that was 86cm. Unsurprisingly, the gutters that are holding the better Tailor are also the most likely places to find any Mulloway that may be about. Bream, Whiting, Flathead and Dart continue to be caught on most beaches, the biggest key to finding these guys is using nice fresh bait. Beach Worms and Pipi’s are plentiful on most beaches and make the best baits by far, if you haven’t tried your hand at Beach Worming, give it a crack, it’s great fun and a real challenge! Reports from the stones have been few and far between this week. The lure tossers have been finding a few nice Tailor and the odd Kingfish to 10kg off the rocks to the south. Black Drummer should still be about in good numbers for the wash fisho’s and Blue Groper are always an option on the quieter days.

Offshore: Offshore fishing continues to be a bit of a struggle. Some reefs seem to be fishing ok for Snapper and the odd Pearl Perch but strong currents are making it very difficult to fish. If you are planning on heading out, I would suggest sticking to the reefs up north and don’t fish too deep. Anchoring up on a shallow reef, burleying and fishing lightly weighted baits or soft plastics should work a treat.

Have a great weekend!
Luke Austin.
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