Get into ’em early
  |  First Published: March 2013

With water over 20°, the fishing offshore and in the lakes has been firing – as long as you get an early start. By midday on most days the wind has been howling, putting an end to some great fishing.

Good catches of tiger flathead have been made by those heading out wider offshore.

Anglers fishing in closer have done well with good bags of sand flathead, with fish of a kilo common.

Good weather and river access to the ocean enabled many boats to cross the bar, while others chose to launch at Bastion Point.

The big news for Bastion Point is that the new boat ramp has been given the go-ahead and work is expected to start in the coming months. This will give boaties safer access to the ocean and that’s got to be a good thing.

Those fishing the beach have been doing well with gutters from Betka Beach through to Tip Beach fishing well for tailor and salmon. The top of the tide has been the pick.

Those fishing into the night have bagged some great gummy sharks.

The Bottom Lake has been fishing well, with yellowfin bream and big blackfish caught around the entrance.

Out in the main lake, there have been good catches of bream, flathead and whiting but they have been on the move and finding them has been a challenge at times.

There are plenty of small chopper tailor in the lake and they are real nuisances, devouring lures and causing some hip-pocket pain to anglers chasing bream and flathead.

Those who have put in the time over the past month, especially around Cape Horn, have caught a few mulloway.

Black bream and flathead are being caught above Gypsy Point, along with some quality estuary perch. The guys in the know are keeping very quiet, guarding their locations and techniques well.

Fishing over the coming months is looking excellent, with warm water here for a few more months and everything should stay on the bite.

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