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Hard to find complaint
  |  First Published: October 2012



Try as we might, we really can’t complain about the weather, and with cold mornings leading to warm, calm and dry days and the fish starting to come on, it should be a very pleasurable month on the water.

Yellowfin bream have been moving around the Bottom and Top lakes, making them a bit of a challenge to find and target. However, when it all comes together there are some big fish to be caught. The water is ultra-clear and the fish have been moving with the tide.

The entrance to the ocean is as big as I’ve seen it in a long time, with a good channel out past Captain Stevenson Point and the channel at Harrisons flowing well.

These lovely deep channels will allow all the abalone divers to head out to sea via the lake.

Plenty of salmon are being caught in the lake with fish turning up wherever there are schools of bait.

Many anglers have been trolling lures around the lake and up towards Gypsy Point and are finding fish wherever they go.

Some big tailor are in the system. They turn up when you least expect them with result often a lost lure and no fish in the boat.

There are big silver trevally in the Bottom Lake, again turning up anywhere, anytime. If you hook one you will definitely feel it, these fish are fighting well above their weight.

Black bream have been caught from Gypsy Point and above and out into the Top Lake. These finicky fish are schooled up and preparing to spawn and can be very easy to catch one day, then nearly impossible the next.

Plenty of flathead are being caught but most are under 33cm or over 60cm; the eatin-size fish seem to be avoiding us lately.

The estuary perch have schooled up in preparation for spawning; they’ll spread back out to their usual Summer haunts soon. There are some great fish to 2kg among them but finding them isn’t easy.

Very few people have been fishing offshore with the 13º water not ideal. Things will start to change in the months ahead.

The beaches are fishing well with most popular spots becoming holiday homes for big salmon schools.

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