Forget footy, get fishing!
  |  First Published: October 2008

The football season has come and gone for another year. I hope your team won! Even if it didn’t, at least you now have time to get out and sample some of the great spring fishing around Lakes Entrance.

School holidays are on the way and so we’ll see lots of kids out and about fishing the town jetties, and around the skate park down at Bullock Island. Mullet, bream and a few flathead should come on the bite with the weather warming up.

Over the last month the luderick have come towards the end of their winter run. Some very large fish have been caught during the last few weeks: up to 45cm.

With the onset of spring, sea grass is growing in the lake and this is set to continue through to summer. As a result we’ll see a few nice schools of King George whiting appearing.

In October, Kalimna Rocks will see some nice flathead caught, mainly late in the day, on bluebait and local prawns. The top end of the North Arm has been very productive too, with bream caught on Vibes lures and hardbodied lures like Strike Pro Bass X. The run-in tide is still producing small salmon and tailor on most days, with any metal lure working well.

Offshore, gummy sharks will start coming to the party outside the entrance and down towards the west from now on. Use whole small squid or pilchards to tempt them.

Large snapper will also make their way back to the two main reefs over the next two months, so head out and give them a go.

At Lake Tyers the bream are schooling up. They’re getting ready to head up the three arms to spawn, which makes for good fishing during October and November.

Some good-sized luderick were caught in the bottom lake over the last month, along with a few tailor and large mullet. Dylan Eaton caught a mullet on a Squidgie that weighted 2.25kg – not a bad fish.

The Nowa Nowa Arm is still the most productive one to try. Don’t be afraid to head all the way to the top at Nowa Nowa.

As the water warms, the first big bay up the Nowa Nowa Arm is the place to catch some nice flathead in the shallows with surface lures.

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