Report 28/9/18

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Report 28/9/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:16 am

Estuary: Flathead remain the focus for most at the moment, and for good reason as they are around in big numbers and there are plenty of nice table sized fish amongst them. Even in the super clear water we have in the estuary at the moment, the good old Flatties are not too hard to fool with the use of a soft vibe or well presented, natural looking soft plastic. Luderick continue to school up en mass along Forster breakwall and well up into Breckenridge Channel. There’s no real secret to chasing a few of these fish, however they are definitely biting best just as the tide starts rolling back in.

Bream are fishing well throughout the system now and there have been some ripper fish caught during the week down on the weed beds. Local young gun Todd Riches had a ball throwing lightly weighted Gulp Shrimp about on the light gear and managed to nail a few nice fish. Tailor are still cruising the deeper channels of the lake and can be caught fairly easily by trolling lures through likely looking areas early in the morning. There have been some reports of monstrous fish being hooked and lost as well as plenty of 1-2kg models.

Winter Whiting season is now in full swing and there will be a fair few boats chasing them each morning for the next few months. This type of fishing is really easy and can be great fun for kids (plus if you get enough fish they make for a great feed). Kingfish and Mulloway continue to haunt the breakwalls and lower channels in big numbers and are definitely worth chasing if you have a few live baits in the well and there is a tide change coming up! The Bass season is in full swing now and there have been some massive fish being caught. Most anglers are tossing the usual early season lures such as soft plastics, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and football jigs, however there have been some crazing sessions on surface lately so don’t be afraid to give it a go if things are quiet!

Beach and Rock: For many anglers the local beaches are fishing better now than they have for a long time. There are some really nice Tailor hiding in the gutters along 7 Mile Beach, you just might have to fish early or late in the day to get them. If you don’t manage to hit the sand early enough don’t despair, by soaking a few Worm or Pipi baits you can expect to run into some nice Whiting, big Bream and the odd Flathead. There have been a few anglers putting in the hard yards chasing Mulloway off the beach this week and most have managed to find a few small fish but the bigger models seem to be non-existent at the moment for some reason. The local stones continue to tick along in much the same fashion as they have for the last few weeks. Bream, Black Drummer and Luderick remain the focus for most, however it’s definitely worth casting lures about for Tailor, Kingfish or maybe even an early Bonito.

Offshore: The fishing offshore has been nice and steady this week. While the Teraglin are not huge in size, there are plenty there for those that hit the reefs pre-dawn or fish into the night. Snapper remain best in the deeper water (50-80m) but the Barracuda and Leather Jackets have been very pesky! There have been a few good reports of Snapper in the shallow stuff as well this week which is very welcome news, the boats that found success on the reefs under 25m all anchored up and burlyed before fishing lightly weighted ‘floaters’ down the trail.


Luke Austin.
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