Fishing Report 11th July 2019
Photo: Ryan Bayles caught this cracking fish on a recent trip to Copeton, Jackall Gantarel being the lure of choice.
Lure of the week
Hot Bite Ganger G2
The Hot Bite Gang Banger spoon has evolved. The G2 has been downsized (55mm) and really packs a punch with tournament quality assist hooks and trebles. The G2 is rear weighted to increase casting distance and balance. Like the original, this spoon swims at slower speeds rather than spinning. The subtle swimming action and flutter on the drop make it irresistible.
Cooby dam still remains closed.
Anglers have had a very successful 2 weeks on the water since the lake re opened. Its been a case of big bass and plenty of them, being a small lake it does tend to struggle with boat pressure, Spoons and tailspinners have been the go too lures for these schooled fish, The main Lake points are holding great numbers of fish, around that 30 foot seems to be the magic mark.
Good reports coming from the lake over the last few weeks, majority of anglers getting their fair share of fish, we are coming into the best time of year where Somerset can fish unbelievably well. The top end of the dam around the Kirkliegh and Queen street flats have been the go too areas for the larger fish. Metal blades and Spoons having the most success.
A little slower this week due to the colder weather, the fish are holding very tight to the bottom and sitting close to the edge of the creek bed, Jigging soft vibes or Zx blades have been by the far the best for the lure fisherman, trolling larger Spinnerbaits and Mumblers picking up the odd smaller cod or larger yellow belly. The bait anglers have had the upper hand while the fish have been a little lethargic.
This lake gets a little left behind cause of its larger brother Copeton, it can be just as good of a fishery, just this week we have heard 2 fish over the magic meter mark caught on surface and its only gonna get better as it cools down towards the end of the month. Fishing the shallower banks with topwater and Gantarels will be your best bet. Fishing the edge of the creek bed along the timber line has fished well for yellow belly, always a good alternative when the Cod fishing is a little tough during the day.
Good reports coming in over the last few weeks, the afternoon/night bite has been the pick of the bite times, the Jackall Gantarel and Gigantarel speak for them selves and have been the number 1 Swimbaits for this lake, still the shallower points and bays have proved to be where the fish are holding. Coming into the Full Moon these fish may push a little shallower and can be when Mumblers and Spinnerbaits come into their own.
This time of year is always great time to the bay as the larger snapper move in on the shallower reefs and make them a little easier to target. The southern end of peel island is always a good starting point. Harry Atkinson reef has fished well over the winter so far and has produced some good snapper and smaller parrot. Targeting these fish with small plastics is a good option for the light tackle enthusiast, otherwise pilchards and squid will always be a great option