Flats bream firing
  |  First Published: April 2008

The entrance has been closed for a couple of months and with very little flow down the river, the lake level has only risen about 400mm.

This has been enough to enable both boat ramps to be used, which will be handy in the busy periods. The fish have taken advantage of the changing conditions with a lot of bream out on the sandbanks foraging for food in areas that a couple of months ago would only have had 6” of water covering them. There are plenty of options when targeting these fish. For the bait anglers sandworm and prawn offerings have been successful or for those who prefer lures, try soft plastics and hard-bodied lures.

The sand flat from the mouth of Swan Lake to the mouth of the channel has been particularly productive as well as the area between the two boat ramps. If you don’t have an electric motor and you are worried about spooking the fish, get out of the boat and wade these areas and you should have success.

The luderick have been a bit tougher to locate and it really pays to look around for the areas with clumps of sea grass. I strongly recommend using a float with about a three-foot drop as it enables you to cover a lot more water and the fish are still looking for free swimming, spawning sandworm.

A few good flathead are still being caught down the channel on live prawn and live mullet. Some of the better specimens have been around the 4kg mark with plenty of tales about larger ones that have got away. The channel has also produced some large tailor on lures and live mullet.

Finally some good news on the surf with some good bags of salmon and tailor caught over the last month. Some of the salmon have weighed in at 3kg with the average run just under 2kg. Blue bait and pilchards have been popular, however a blue surf popper should still account for most fish. Pearl Point has probably been the pick of the beaches.

We have had some really lousy weather over the past couple of full moons, hence there hasn’t been too many gummies caught. I’m pretty sure if we can crack it for some decent nights we should see gummies caught.

The prawns have been running strongly over the new moon period and all indications say we should get another crack at them in April. However if we were to get significant rain and the lake fills, this could put an end to it. Most of them are now good bait prawn with a few eaters thrown in as well.

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