Still a need to dress warmly
  |  First Published: September 2012

The cold, wet weather is still with us even though Winter has passed, which is frustrating to say the least.

To have an enjoyable day on the water you need to really rug up. If not, you will feel it when travelling from spot to spot but it’s OK because the fishing is pretty good.

With very few visitors in town, only a few locals have been heading offshore chasing a feed of fish and with the water around 13º, there have been very few flathead caught. Luckily, a few good-sized gummy sharks out around Gabo Island have kept anglers happy.

Along all the local beaches salmon to around 2.5kg are thick and eating anything put in front of them. The best way to target them is with a heavy jighead and a soft plastic lure, this way if you lose your lure it’s only a couple of bucks to replace.

The salmon are also in the lake, terrorising anything that moves. You can expect to encounter them anywhere from the entrance right through to Gypsy Point.

The Bottom Lake has been fishing well for yellowfin bream and black bream with some excellent hardbody fishing on the margins of the lake.

The lake has really drained out since the last flood so it’s important to be fishing the margins with a rising tide.

Targeting the fish on the sounder is a technique that has really slowed down – the fish are well and truly educated and there are not too many lures on the market these fish haven’t seen.

Vibe fishing has noticeably slowed down, with clients fishing with me having better success with small soft plastics on light jig heads – this can only be done when conditions allow.

Some good-sized silver trevally are being caught on soft plastics.

Jewfish around 6kg have been caught in the Bottom Lake over the past month but you have to be lucky because these fish are just as likely to show up anywhere in the system.

Perch are still being caught and my clients have had success fishing with soft plastics and suspending hardbody lures.

The Betka River is still open to the ocean and as long as we keep getting a bit of rain, it should remain open.

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