Lures working well at Lakes
  |  First Published: November 2008

With daylight saving now here and the warmer weather fast approaching, it’s time to get out and have a crack at a whole host of different species around Lakes Entrance.

Lake Tyers has, like the weather, been hot and cold. The latest reports have indicated the fish are up in the arms spawning, but when the weather starts warming up they will move back down the system again. A few bream and flathead have been taken on both plastics and peeled prawn.

The trevally that entered the system when the entrance opened have been playing hard to get over the last few months, but a few drag screaming bust-ups in the snags show that they are still there.

Large luderick have also been caught around Fishermans Landing on green weed under a float, with some fish over 1kg.

At Lakes Entrance there have been plenty of trevally around the jetties, which are great fun for the kids. They will take a range of baits including pilchard, prawn and sandworm. Small soft plastics in the 3-8cm range, like the Gulp sandworm, paddle tail grubs and small prawn patterns work well.

The luderick almost disappeared overnight, but we have been getting stuck into these great fish around the pub jetty at Metung. These fish seem to be a better run of fish too, with bag limits of fish from 35-45cm not uncommon. Baits of green weed and live shrimp are dynamite on these fish, either on slack line or under a float.

The bream have also been going well around the jetties. Live shrimp have been the gun bait, but being a tragically obsessed lure fisherman, I’ve found that over the last few months the ‘go to’ lure has been those lethal little metal vibration lures, namely the Ecogear VX-35 and VX-40 blades. To date we have caught some thumping bream on these lures, and darker colours seem to be the best at the moment. My favourite has been colour 445 (black with orange belly and red spots), and jigging these on the bottom around structure really fires the fish up.

The flathead have been quiet, but as the water warms up these popular fish will be around in numbers. On the last few mornings I’ve noticed dozens of fresh flatty ‘prints’ in the shallows, so things are looking up. The water has also cleared up dramatically, which has been a long time coming.

The surf is starting to fire as the big salmon are returning from their migration and are providing great sport on light gear. If you haven’t experienced spinning for big sambos on light spin gear (4-10lb threadline tackle), I will warn you now – it is highly addictive! Lazer lures in the 25-50g range are ideal and cast like bullets. Those who have braved the cold have also taken a few good gummies.

The offshore scene has been quiet, due to the rough weather, but on the days when getting out has been possible a number of gummies are being taken, along with flathead and barracouta (which make great bait for snapper and gummies. Squid have also been thick. Locations such as the Pines and 4 Mile Reef have been the pick of spots.

Hopefully it won’t be long until a few makos start showing up and I know some locals who are preparing to take on these speedsters on the fly. Good luck guys!

That’s about all from me this month, as the weather warms up don’t forget the sunscreen. Hopefully I’ll catch you all on the water.

Dwayne Nielsen and Lucas Smith with some bream that they caught (and released) on hardbodied lures in the Tambo River.

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