Report 19/10/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 19/10/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:12 pm

Forster/Tuncurry Fishing Report 19/10/2018.
Estuary: Despite the horrible week of weather we have just experienced here in the Great Lakes, the fishing in the estuary has been very consistent. Flathead have now become the focus for most anglers and for good reason as there are loads of them spread throughout the system. They are really easy to target with soft plastic lures and vibes, they seem to be taking just about any size and shape at the moment! If you are up for a bit of fun, try tossing surface lures about in the shallows for them, it’s exhilarating fishing and the Flatties seem to be very keen on top water offerings at the moment, a mate of mine got 21 fish in 3 hours today, the biggest went 74cm. The other species that is hot on every body’s lips is the good old Winter Whiting. These little beauties are in plague proportions now and most anglers are hitting their 20 fish bag limit with no troubles at all, in fact it generally takes you longer to clean your bag limit than it does to catch it! The other Whiting that inhabits our beautiful estuary has also started to make itself known over the past week or so. Sand Whiting have really started to fire up now and I have received a few reports of some cracking surface sessions up on the flats. Like always, Bassday SugarPens and Nomad Dartwings have been the lures of choice and both are being hammered by hordes of Whiting almost every cast on the top of the tide. Luderick and Bream have slowed a little but there is still enough there to keep the regulars interested.

Beach and Rock: This weeks’ weather has been far from favourable for beach and rock fishing. Strong easterly and northerly winds in conjunction with a decent sea have made it almost impossible. I did hear of one angler who managed to fish the northern corner of one of the beaches and he managed to land a nice 10kg Mulloway after being busted off twice beforehand. The next few days on the rocks should be great for chasing a few Bream and Drummer, the sea we have had will have dislodged all sorts of food and the lingering swell will be providing the fish with a good amount of cover. Hitting the same wash zones with metal lures or poppers should also produce a few nice Tailor and maybe even a Kingfish or two.

Offshore: Offshore fishing for much of the past week has been all but non-existent. A few boats fished over last weekend and reported some nice bags of Snapper, Flathead and the odd Teraglin. With a bit of luck this recent bout of unsettled weather will fire up the inshore reefs and get the Snapper on the bite. There are a few Bonito starting to cruise about and there is some fairly nice water sitting up the coast a bit so hopefully we should start to see the odd early season Marlin and Tuna soon, the next few weeks should be interesting.

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