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Rug up and enjoy the fun
  |  First Published: July 2012



We have been enjoying some great Winter weather in recent weeks with windless days and clear skies the norm. However, it is quite chilly so make sure you rug up on the water, especially if you get an early start.

Despite a few decent catches, things have been pretty tough. The only exception has been the salmon, which are in plague numbers on all the local beaches.

Plenty of salmon are also being caught in the Bottom and Top lakes. These fish are keen to eat anything put in front of them. With the common size around 1.5kg and fish around 2.5kg, there’s plenty of fun and sport to be had with them.

A few locals have been heading offshore chasing gummy sharks, with good catches coming from around Gabo Island.

The flathead offshore have slowed right down with the arrival of the cold water and things won’t pick up until the water warms up.

The Bottom Lake has been offering plenty of variety with tailor, silver trevally, yellowfin bream, whiting, black bream and a few dusky flathead all featuring on angler’s catch lists.

The back of Goodwin Sands has been fishing well at certain times. Whether you’re using bait or lures, you will need to move around a lot to get in the right spot at the right time.

Those fishing with bait have had the best success using prawns. Lure fishers have been using vibes and blades in the deeper water and shallow-running hardbodies around the lake margins.

The Top Lake has had some good fun for bream with the margins providing anglers with the bigger fish. The key is also to keep moving until you find fish but don’t expect to catch them in the same spot the next day.

Upstream around Gypsy Point good numbers of smaller black bream around 30cm are on the bite with the odd kilo-plus fish among them.

Some quality estuary perch have also been caught with local knowledge the key ingredient to persisting on a particular snag.

The Betka River is still open to the ocean and with a bit more rain over Winter, and with a bit of luck, it should remain open.

Kerry with a bream every lure angler would love to tangle with.

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