Report 4/1/19

Brad & Lisa Andrew
Great Lakes Tackle
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 4/1/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:31 pm

Estuary: With NE Winds persisting all week the local estuaries have been a hive of activity and thankfully the fishing has remained very consistent. Flathead are about in big numbers throughout the bottom end of the lake as far up as Regatta Island. Once again, bouncing soft plastics or vibes about the sand flats and drop offs is the most effective means of targeting them and once you come across a school you should have no dramas in getting a good feed. I have been sneaking down and throwing Samaki Vibelicious from the bank between the Fish Co-op and the bridge and hitting plenty of good fish. Bream are also fairly thick along the rock walls down the bottom end of the system and have been providing lots of entertainment for the shore-based visitors. Alternatively, you can also target plenty of Bream further up into the lake as they school up over the weed beds and sand flats. Trumpeter Whiting continue to be the focus for a lot of anglers and most are getting their quota with no trouble at all. Sand Whiting are still fishing ok, they have slowed down a little around the bridge but can be found in good numbers up on the flats around Lani’s, Pipers Bay and Dago Island.

Beach and Rock: Once again conditions have been far from favourable for the beach and rock fishermen. There have been a few reports from the sand and even though the water temperature has dropped considerably there are still a few fish about. If you hit the beach nice and early before the winds picks up, you can expect to find a few Bream, Whiting and the odd Tailor. 9 Mile Beach is actually looking pretty good gutter-wise so once we get a break in this weather there should be a good lot of fish along it hopefully. One group of visiting anglers had a great little session fishing on the northern end of Blackhead Beach where they managed to land two Snapper of around 50cm! The rocks have been very quiet of late. There are a few diehards that have been going nice and early and have found a few Snapper down south as well as the odd Groper and late season Drummer.

Offshore: Unfortunately, with the week of weather we have just endured I don’t think a single boat ventured offshore for a fish successfully all week!!! This coming week looks much nicer and there should be plenty of Snapper, Teraglin and Pearl Perch schooled up on the reefs. If we get a bit of a southerly for a few days it will be very interesting to see what may turn up, up until Boxing Day we had Mahi Mahi, Marlin and Mack Tuna out there in good numbers so anything could happen!

Have a great weekend and a Happy New Year.

Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
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