Report 12/7/19

Brad & Lisa Andrew
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Report 12/7/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:32 pm

Estuary: Despite the bitterly cold mornings, the sun has been shining bright and the wonderful Wallis Lake is fishing unbelievably well at the moment. The Bream season has been the best I have seen in a long time and it doesn’t look like tapering off anytime soon. Both rock walls are still holding huge numbers of big fish, targeting them of an evening or at the top of the tide during the day seems to be the best options however you are almost guaranteed a few fish no matter what time or tide you decide to have a go. Fish baits such as Mullet fillets or Gut baits (Chicken Gut/Mullet Gut) seem to be working the best and you can expect to also run into a few Snapper, Trevally and possibly even a Yellowtail Kingfish or two. It really is an amazing time to be fishing the rock walls, the possibilities are endless at this time of the year! Luderick are very thick along the rock walls also with the end of Forster wall holding a massive school of very solid fish, I had a quick drop on them out of the boat on Monday with a weighted weed fly and had two of around 40cm in about 10 minutes!

Flathead continue to prove that they are much more than just a Summer option with some great fish being caught by local and visiting anglers, most fish have been caught up around Wallis Island, however the better fish still seem to be holding down around ‘the Paddock’ and the rock walls.

Suggested reading: Are your flatty skills up to scratch? and Flathead fillets made easy.

Beach and Rock: The local beaches continue to fish very well for those typical winter species. Tailor are about in good numbers still, particularly to the south, most fish are up over the 40cm mark and all of the fish are in really good condition. Walking along 7 Mile Beach tossing lures of a morning or late afternoon will almost certainly see you finding a few solid fish. For the bait fishermen out there, Bream and Dart are still very thick along most beaches, even the beaches close to town such as One Mile Beach are holding good numbers of solid fish. Reports of Mulloway have been filtering through more regularly this week and with the full moon only a few days away it’s the perfect time to give them a good crack this weekend. The local ledges have been fishing very well for Black Drummer, Bream and Tailor. Sea conditions have remained a little unsettled for much of the week which has kept the fish well and truly set on feed mode, Drummer reports have been best from the rocks to the south where good numbers of fish up to 4.5kg have been caught. The ever present wash this week has also proved to be the perfect ambush point for the schools of Tailor which can be caught from any headland at the moment.

Offshore: Once again reports from offshore have been very few and far between. There are still some good Snapper about on the reefs out to about 35m, any wider than that has been too rough and there has been too much current to fish properly. A commercial operator that has some trap gear set in 80m reported that he couldn’t even retrieve his gear earlier in the week due to the current pulling his float down about 20m. The inshore grounds are definitely worth a look still though, with south-west winds predicted for the next week or so it will be perfect for sneaking about the shallows looking for Snapper, Squid, Tailor, Bonito, Bream, Drummer and Blue Grouper.

Don’t forget Tuncurry is having a mega Crazy Day Sale this Saturday 13th July, why not come for a visit and snag yourself a bargain or two!

Have a great weekend!
Luke Austin.
Great Lakes Tackle – Tuncurry
Ph: 02 65549541
The Fisherman’s Tackle Store! Family owned and operated, and proudly independent for over 30 years!

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