Report 11/1/19

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 11/1/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:37 pm

Estuary: We have finally been lucky enough to have a bit of a reprieve from those pesky NE winds and it has made for some very nice days on the Lake. The water temperature has fallen a little but the fishing is still fairly consistent. Flathead still make up the majority of most catches and are still very active despite the water temperature. Interestingly, bait fishermen have been struggling this week to find many fish while the lure fishermen have noticed very little change if any at all. I think this basically comes down to the fact that by throwing lures you are actively covering ground and finding fish rather than hoping that there is one wherever you bait lands…. Sand Whiting have slowed a touch however plenty can still be found a little further up along with their smaller relatives the Trumpeter Whiting which have showed no signs of slowing up! Bream have been fishing really well over the weedbeds and sand flats along with some of the tributaries a little further up into the system. The mouth of the estuary continues for impress with loads of Kingfish and Mulloway being caught day and night.

Beach and Rock: With ocean temperatures plummeting it’s no real surprise that things have been a little on the quiet side as far as beach fishing goes. There are some great formations along most of our beaches now and many anglers have hit the sand of late to try their luck. There have been a few reports of some nice Bream and Tailor coming from 7 Mile beach and as the water warms there should be plenty of Whiting and Dart as well. 9 Mile Beach finally has some very good-looking water along it, however I am yet to hear of too much action. Unfortunately, rock fishermen too have found themselves battling to find the fish of late. With the cool water hanging about your focus off the rocks really needs to be centred about those species we typically think of over the winter months; Bream, Luderick, Drummer and Tailor.

Offshore: I am very happy to report that conditions for boating offshore have been much better this week. Early in the week things were very quiet on the fishing front with most boats only managing to pull up a feed of Flathead out of the 17-degree water. One lucky angler went for a run out to the FAD only to find it barren and void of life, however while they were there they happened to come across a small Black Marlin which they managed to hook and land successfully. It was literally the only fish they saw all day! The last few days have been much more productive, Snapper have been very thick in the shallows (15-30m), particularly right on day break. The deeper reefs have begun to get a little better as well with a few Snapper, Teraglin and Pigfish starting to come in. With water temps slowly on the rise, I’m thinking we should see some really good fishing action over the next few weeks.

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