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Colder but fish still firing
  |  First Published: July 2012



The colder months have finally shown up and anglers are still catching some great bags of fish.

At the time of writing Lake Tyers is still closed to the sea and the water level is extremely high. Some great bags of luderick have been taken in the lower reaches of the system along the flooded banks. Areas like the Glasshouse, Long Point, Mill Point and the Mud islands are popular spots to soak baits of sandworm or live shrimp.

Green weed under a float also produces some of the better fishing but the live shrimp have seen the majority of the fish. Mixed in the bags of luderick have been some cracking bream and some thumping silver trevally up to 3kg!

The flathead have been very quiet as the water has cooled down, but a few have been caught in the upper reaches of the Nowa Nowa arm on lightly weighted soft plastics. The water is a little dirty, and colours like pink, glow and black can be dynamite when natural colours are drawing a blank.

For the bream junkies amongst us, some nice bream have been caught around the power lines in the deep on metal and plastic vibes, and heavily weighted plastics like Berkley 3” Power Minnows, Damiki Monster Mikis, and the ever reliable Squidgy Wrigglers are catching plenty. Alex Coutts had a great session recently in his kayak, catching a nice bag of bream near the glasshouse on 80mm bloodworm wrigglers on a 3g jighead.

Around the jetties in lakes entrance the luderick have finally returned after a few years absence, and while they aren't big fish they are great fun and fishing the jetties is a safe option for the family.

Green weed under a float is the old school method, but live shrimp fished on a slack line is a deadly way of catching luderick, bream, trevally and mullet that are all schooled together.

Cunningham Pier, Post Office Jetty and Ferrymans Wharf are the more productive areas. Just remember to give vessels right of way and if they are mooring make way for them.

Bullock Island has been providing large numbers of small salmon on lures and bluebait. Sand crabs are in plague proportions and can be caught using a crab net with a chicken carcass or fish head tied in the bottom of the trap. Further up the main channel towards Nungurner, trevally and whiting have been caught on the weed beds with sandworm and mussel on the last two hours of the run-out tide and first two hours of the run-in.

A few flathead have been caught at Nyerimilang on live prawn and bluebait. The surf beaches have been very quiet, although a few pinkies and tailor have been caught at red bluff on blue or yellow surf poppers. Eastern beach has seen a few nice salmon up to 2.5kgs but the fishing has been fairly slow.

Offshore has been fishing well for snapper on the reef systems and a few gummies in the deeper channels. Several big bronze whalers have been hooked in close to the beach on striped tuna fillets. Remember a good berley trail is essential for success on sharks. Striped tuna have still been a 2-3 km offshore from Lake Tyers, just keep an eye out for any bird or seal activity.

Trolling small Christmas tree skirts, Rapala minnows or chrome slices should see a few fish boated.

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