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Big flathead about as luderick challenge anglers
  |  First Published: March 2013



 

 

Lakes Entrance has been fishing very well lately.

In Cunningham Arm the local jetties are producing luderick on green weed under a float, trevally, bream, mullet and flathead on bluebait and prawn. Some good size pinkie snapper have been caught on pilchard fillets. Some whiting have been caught but are patchy. Best area has been the sand banks next to the Nautilus floating restaurant. Sandworm and live Bass yabbies have been best for the whiting.

Bullock Island and Kalimna rock walls have been fishing well for luderick using cabbage weed under a float. Fish the last two hours of the run-in and first two hours of the run-out tides for the best results. Set the bait around 2m below the float and watch how the other anglers are adjusting their rigs to suit conditions.

Some big Australian salmon have been entering the system on an incoming tide and can be caught at Bullock Island spinning with metal lures or on whole pilchards.

The fishing in Lake Tyers has been patchy of late due, with a few bream and flathead taken from around the number two boat ramp and the channel markers. Live prawn have taken the bigger fish and a couple of jumbo flatties around 80-90cm have been caught and released on soft plastics fished along the drop off at the glasshouse.

Further up the Nowa Nowa Arm there have been a few good bream and some thumping luderick caught in the snags on soft plastics and hardbodied lures. Fishing with a float baited with sandworm, live shrimp or green weed is also doing well. Some good garfish have been caught on worm under a float in the upper reaches of the system and are great fun on ultra-light gear.

Some big tailor have made their presence felt especially for the lure anglers, as the tailor tend to make very short work of ultra light leaders. Trolling with a 25g Lazer lure 30m behind the boat is a good way of covering water and finding the fish just keep an eye out for surface feeding fish and birds hovering over a particular area of water.

Further up past Kalimna some nice whiting have been hanging around the weed beds and channel edges. Live shrimp, mussel and peeled prawn are best baits here and once located keep a good berley trail of mussel shells and tuna oil flowing and the school will hang around the area. Some big yellow eye mullet have been caught amongst the whiting too and while many people hate mullet i reckon they are very tasty if cooked fresh in butter and garlic.

The north arm has been fishing well for flathead and garfish in the upper reaches on sandworm and silverfish. Flathead have been taking large soft plastics and live mullet fished in the shallows. Early morning and late afternoon are best especially if they coincide with a tide change. Natural colours are best and rig the plastics as lightly as possible as the water is fairly shallow and weedy. The North Arm bridge is fishing well for big bream, luderick and trevally on live shrimp and green weed.

Prawning has been a popular past time on the calm evenings and some big numbers are being taken anywhere from bullock island right up to Metung. its a productive and fun way of catching a feed and there has been plenty of flounder around to add to the bag. Some nice garfish can also be dipped too. Just keep an eye out for cobbler (small spiky fish which if pricked by one causes intense pain, and the only antidote is immersing the affected area in hot water releasing the poison) and jellyfish which can cause a nasty sting.

 Offshore has been patchy but the Pipeline has been the best for snapper and gummies in about 40m of water. Massive schools of slimy mackerel and yakkas have been present and are awesome live bait for big snapper. Rumours of kingfish have come up as some anglers have been hooking big powerful fish that have hit them and smashed them up in the reef. Always have a bait jig rigged and ready.

Some big arrow squid have been hanging around the bait schools too, so a jig is a must have.

The closer reef systems have been very slow with only the odd pinkie and morwong being picked up on the Four and Six mile reefs on squid, pilchard and slimy mackerel. Some enormous leatherjackets have been caught too and schools of barracouta are giving anglers grief biting through their leaders.

Beach fishing has been very frustrating of late due to the massive amounts of that horrible red weed that fouls up all over your line. While some areas have been weed free the majority of the coast has been hammered by the slimy stuff. Some big salmon have been caught on poppers by persistent anglers and the odd gummy caught at night but most anglers have given it away as a bad joke and will try again after the next moon.

 

Big flathead are always a possibility when walking the shallow sand flats using small hardbodies as the author shows.

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