Although Spring is here with its longer days and the cold behind us for another year, the town is still quiet with very few tourists until the mad rush of Christmas.
In the past month we have seen some great fishing in the lake, the beaches have been good but offshore things have been quiet.
With few people around and rough seas, very few boats have been heading outside there has been little effort offshore but the odd report coming in still suggests there are plenty of gummy sharks to be caught.
It’s still quiet on the flathead front but as we head towards Christmas things will start to pick up.
Good news on the boat ramp: It is definitely going ahead. But we won’t be using a new boat ramp this Christmas, with work set to begin around February.
The fishing on the beach is still good with salmon along Tip Beach and Bastion Beach.
Deep gutters along both beaches mean you have to have a bit of a look around to see where the fish are holed up but the salmon have been around 1.5kg with a few to 2.5kg.
With the creeks and rivers still flowing well after recent rain, all is good for the future in the lakes and rivers.
The black bream have been in the rivers for sometime now; at times they are catchable and other times they are near impossible.
I have had some great days fishing with clients flicking suspending hardbody lures into the snags with bream hitting the lures hard. The next day fish are visible but catching them is another story.
Flathead are becoming much more active as things warm up.
Once fish are located, it pays to try different styles and colours to try to find the lure that is going to work best.
It is important to vary the retrieve to find the best combination of colour, style and retrieve on the particular day.
Heading towards the entrance from Gypsy Point, good fish have been caught along the rock walls and into the Top and Bottom lakes.
Those fishing for bream with blades and vibes have caught silver trevally and tailor. The tailor are around 800g to a kilo and the trevally from a kilo to 1.5kg.
Some good catches of salmon have been made in the Bottom Lake with fish around 1.5kg turning up in the Goodwin Sands area.
Some big yellowfin bream around a kilo are common and plenty are even bigger.
The Betka River is starting to pick up with reports of estuary perch and bream, although the flathead are yet to fire up.Reads: 931