The school holiday period saw plenty of anglers fishing around Lakes Entrance. By and large they have been getting on to a good variety of bread and butter species.
January saw good numbers of large flathead caught around the North Arm Bridge and down towards the North Arm opening into the Narrows. There were a few bream to 1kg caught in the same area,
For those who like to catch a feed of crabs, this has been a good year for them in the same area. After dark is the best time to catch them.
In town, the local jetties have provided good platforms for the kids to catch mullet.
Luderick have been a bit slow lately, but the best spot for these hard fighting adversaries is around the rocks at Kalimna.
Whiting have been slow, but should improve in numbers through February and March.
February is a good month to start fishing the Narrows up to Metung for flathead. Search for them in and around the weed beds (you should also find whiting there).
February and March should see the prawns showing up. A few days before the new moon is the best time to chase them, and Bullock Island would be a good place to start your search.
Outside, the fishing has been very good. Charter boat clients have been catching snapper, one of which weighed 14kg. I have seen a photo of this fish, and it is one big ugly specimen!
The same charter boat also caught a 100kg mako using a small snapper for bait.
Since Christmas there have been a few gummy sharks caught down to the west of the bar. Whole local squid makes good bait for these tasty fish.
In Lake Tyers, not a lot has changed. There are still plenty of large flathead being caught by both land-based anglers and boaters fishing in the main lake down towards the mud banks. The mudbanks have also been good spots for tailor and large trevally. Soft plastics will be successful on both these species.
Nowa Nowa Arm has seen bream and flathead caught right at the top of the arm. Trident Arm and Devils Hole are also good spots to target these species.
Blackfellows Arm is still producing flathead and bream in the bays, and the odd tailor has been caught as well.
In Toorloo Arm, bream have been caught up to the burnt bridge. Late afternoon is the best time, and good baits include local prawn and live shrimp.
Trevally are one of a number of bread and butter species that Lakes Entrance anglers have been catching over the holiday period.Reads: 1044