Now Spring has finally arrived we can enjoy the longer days and bask in the knowledge that Summer is just around the corner.
The town is still quiet with very few tourists and will remain like this until Christmas.
Offshore, things are also quiet with very few anglers heading out and things won’t pick up until the water warms.
I’m unsure how many people will venture offshore this year because access to the ocean is the worst it has been for a number of years, with the harbour at Bastion Point full of silt.
The entrance is wide open but you will need to pick your days because the surf here has claimed many boats.
The odd boat heading offshore has reported a few gummy sharks out around Gabo Island.
Salmon are along all the local beaches, from Quarry Beach right through to Bastion Point. There is also the odd gummy shark being caught by those fishing into the evening.
The warmer water over coming months will see a bit of variety off the beach with yellowfin bream and whiting also likely.
The Bottom Lake has been fishing well with some great silver trevally chasing the bait schools.
They are one of the best fighting fish you are likely to encounter in the Inlet.
Good-sized tailor are also about but you are lucky to catch anything over a kilo because a bite-off usually from a bigger fish usually ends the encounter quickly.
Yellowfin bream are hard-fighting fish, especially compared with black bream.
Fishing the edges and shallows with suspending hardbody lures has accounted for some quality bream, along with a few flathead.
Out in the deeper water, blades and vibes have been catching fish. A sounder is needed when fishing like this, otherwise you also need a lot of luck.
The margins of the Top Lake have also been fishing well for flathead, black bream and the odd yellowfin bream.
From Gypsy Point upstream in the Genoa and Wallagaraugh rivers, black bream and the odd flathead are being caught.
The blacks move around a fair bit so find a section of river where fish are schooling, then cast persistently in that area to catch a few fish.
Bait fishers have done well using frozen prawns while lure anglers must experiment with soft plastics to try to find the lure that works.
The Betka River will really start to fish well as we head towards Summer and is already performing well. Black bream and estuary perch are being caught and as the water warms, the flathead will fire up.Reads: 1246