Report 28/12/18

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Report 28/12/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:33 am

Estuary: The quality of the estuary fishing on offer this school holidays has been outstanding so far. Even with the persistent NE Winds there have still been loads of Flathead about, the secret to finding them amongst all of the boat traffic is to simply slow it all down and have a look for the most likely looking spots. Deep holes along the edges of Oyster Leases, nice shallow sand flats with patches of weed or reef, the bottom of any rock walls, any drop off that may serve as the perfect spot for an ambush attach on an unsuspecting baitfish or Prawn as they fall off the flats with the run out tide….. Once you pin point a likely looking area then spend a bit of time prospecting with a 3-4” soft plastic or soft vibe, if you don’t find any fish after 10 or 15 minutes move on to the next spot. Trumpeter Whiting continue to be caught by the bucket load and have shown no signs of slowing up. Their bigger cousins, the Sand Whiting have been very active up on the sand flats and patch weed beds and are awesome fun to catch on surface lures. This years’ Cicada population is now out in full force and their deafening choir can be heard in many parts of the estuary. For anglers this is a sure sign that Bream are sitting with their sights set firmly on the surface awaiting an easy meal. Whether you throw an imitation Cicada lure or any other form of surface lure, you are almost guaranteed a hook-up or two at this time of the year. Bream have also been very good on the weed beds in the southern sections of the lake and are taking crankbaits and surface lures on the top of the tide. For the land based Bream fishermen, the break walls nearly always hold big fish, a lightly weighted Whitebait, Pilchard or Mullet Strip is all it takes to fool a few.

Beach and Rock: Unfortunately, with the wind that we have had I haven’t had any reports from the rocks this week. It’s still a little early for the land-based game anglers to chase Tuna, however if the wind eases a little there should be plenty of Bream, Drummer and the odd Groper about. Throwing lures or floating live baits out may also land you a Kingfish, Tailor, Bonito or maybe even a very early Tuna. The beaches have not been ideal to fish from this week, however those that have fished nice and early to beat the worst of the wind are still reporting some nice catches of Tailor, Whiting and the odd Bream. 7 Mile Beach to the south of town is definitely the pick of the bunch with numerous nice gutters spread right along it. Mulloway have been a little on the quiet side, I have only heard of two fish this week off the beach, both of which came from Diamond Beach to the north.

Offshore: We have had a horrible week of wind, wind and more wind this week. A few boats managed to get out on Xmas Eve and Boxing Day in the chop and were rewarded with nice bags consisting of Snapper, Pearl Perch, Teraglin and Flathead. Local boat ‘Fish Tank’ skippered by Shaun Sypher had a cracking Xmas Eve on the troll managing to land some very nice Mahi Mahi and the first Marlin (that I am aware of) out of Forster/Tuncurry for the season, a small Striped going about 60kg or so. Bring on the New Year and a break in this horrible wind!!!
Have a great weekend and a Happy New Year.

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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