Report 11/4/19

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Report 11/4/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:23 pm

Estuary: The upcoming School Holiday period is set to be a ripper! The weather forecast is good and the fishing has been fantastic. Wallis Lake continues to deliver for most anglers with plenty of Flathead, Bream and Whiting moving about. Flathead have really spread out again now and can be caught just about anywhere. I have had some great reports coming through of some really nice Flatties being caught up the Wallamba River which is nice to hear and their numbers should only improve over the next couple of months. Good fish have also been caught on the flats down around the bridge and Tuncurry boat ramp using big soft plastics. Bream are becoming more of a target as we edge closer and closer to winter, there are already some really nice fish holding on the rock walls and Oyster Leases down the bottom of the system (towards the entrance), you will have to fish through the smaller fish though if you are bait fishing. Targeting these fish with soft plastics is a great way of avoiding undersized or not wanted fish, by using a 2.5-3” plastic the smaller fish and by-catch won’t look at your offering as a potential food source which will give the bigger fish a chance to scoff it down. For this type of fishing I love to use 2” and 3” Keitech Easy Shiners, 2” Gulp Shrimp, 3” Gulp Minnows and 3” Pro Lure Prey Minnows on a jig head no heavier than 1/16oz and 4-6lb leader. Blue Swimmer Crabs are worth mentioning as they have been very prolific this year, a lot of fishermen have commented that they can’t remember ever seeing the Lake so full of crabs! Unfortunately, the Mud Crabs remain quiet despite the good showers of rain that we have had lately.

Beach and Rock: Conditions have been fairly good for beach fishing this week, however the fishing has been quite patchy. The Tailor that we have enjoyed fishing for over the past few weeks have thinned out quite a bit and finding legal sized fish has been quite difficult. Bream have been the saving grace with some really nice fish holding on most beaches. Whiting are still about but finding decent sized fish is a real challenge at the moment, your best bet seems to be to head south to either 7 Mile Beach or Cellito Beach. The local land-based game season is well and truly firing now, the popular ledges are now lined with numerous anglers on a daily basis. There hasn’t been any stand out spots this year, the fish have been very well spread out and you have a good chance of getting a hook up from just about any ledge between Blackhead and Seal Rocks. This week has seen lots of Tuna and Cobia action with the odd Spanish Mackerel thrown into the mix.

Offshore: Offshore fishing in Autumn is very hard to beat. Light winds and warm water mean that our options are endless with all sorts of fish on offer. In close, there are some really nice Snapper cruising about as well as Longtail and Mack Tuna, Mackerel, Cobia and Kingfish. The reefs a little further out (30-80m) are fishing well for Trag and Pearl Perch however there has been a fair bit of current out there which can make it hard to fish. The FAD continues to accommodate huge numbers of Mahi Mahi, most are only small but there are definitely some bigger fish among them, particularly if you down-rig your baits and have a troll a little further away from the buoy itself. There have also been a few Wahoo mixed in with the Mahi which makes for a good bit of bycatch! Last week saw a lot of boats landing Marlin out of Port Stephens as well as some nice Yellowfin Tuna so it may well be worth having a poke about in the deeper stuff.
No matter what you do, this weekend is shaping up to be an absolute cracker so enjoy!

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