More variety in catches
  |  First Published: December 2011

The town is packed with Summer holidaymakers with fishing on their minds.

Remember, you’ll need a Victoria fishing licence and to make yourself aware of the fishing regulations, size limits and bag limits. Fisheries officers are in full swing at this time of year.

Many visiting anglers head to the beach to wet a line and with Summer comes a bit more variety in the catches. Salmon, bream and whiting are certainties while the high tide after dark is popular with anglers hoping to nail a gummy shark

If fishing for bream, look for the areas where rock meets sand and use beach worms or prawns. A rising tide around dusk or dawn is the best.

Offshore fishing has really picked up with sand flathead, tiger flathead and gummy sharks being caught. There has been good fishing down around Gabo Island and around the Ariels.

Don’t be surprised if over the next few weeks there are reports of kingfish captures; with plenty of boats out there, someone’s got to be in the right spot at the right time.

If heading offshore make sure you pick your day carefully; take note of the tides for safe access to and from the water; the last thing you wan to do is tip the boat or drown the car.

Many anglers are fishing the lake with great success around the islands near the entrance and good yellowfin bream around Harrisons Channel.

The shallow channels dropping into deeper water in this area have also been a good place to target flathead on lures.

Flathead have also been caught out around the channel markers around the John Bull marker has also been a good spot.

Out in the Bottom Lake and the Top Lake, bream and flathead have been caught in the shallow water around Goodwin Sands and around the margins.

If you are lucky enough to catch one of these big flathead, make sure you release it. These fish are valuable assets to the system and a quick photo is all you need.

Further up the river towards Gypsy Point and above, plenty of smaller black bream are being caught along with some good-sized flathead.

If you are new to this area, take your time navigating because it is easy to run aground. This area has many shallow banks and logs for the unwary skipper.

This is the best time of year to fish the Betka River with anglers catching bream, flathead and occasionally perch.

A small boat or canoe can be launched near the bridge giving you the option of heading upstream, where you will find plenty of fishy looking water like rock bars and snags.

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