Summer still around
  |  First Published: April 2013

The hot weather has lingered and with very little rain, the water is clear and a warm 20º – the recipe for some great fishing over the past month.

Offshore fishing has been excellent for flathead, tigers and sandies, with good bags of quality fish the norm.

Gummy shark action has been ordinary, with only a few smaller specimens reported.

The same can be said for kingfish, with most of the fish just under the 60cm legal size. This month we could see the bigger fish arrive; fingers crossed!

The beaches have been good for yellowfin bream and sand whiting.

The salmon have been ordinary but will pick up over the coming season as the water cools down.

The lake has been producing well but, as usual, it can be a challenge to find fish.

Over the past month the lake has really filled up with big high tides but we are currently in a cycle where the it then drains out. Vast sandbanks around the entrance dry up, making it hard to navigate.

During the full cycle, good edge fishing has been experienced with decent numbers of big bream caught on lightly weighted soft plastics and suspending hardbody lures.

Anglers fishing with unweighted prawns cast toward the edges did well.

Yellowfin bream and sand whiting have been caught on a rising tide inside the entrance area on baits of fresh prawns, beachworms and nippers.

Out in the Bottom and Top lakes, some good flathead have been caught on soft plastics, blades and live mullet.

During the drain-out cycle, anglers found some superb action on estuary perch. One angler enjoyed a great introduction to perch fishing, landing over 15 fish landed, smallest around 40cm, in one session. Plenty more perch earned their freedom among the snags.

The prawns have been on the move but unfortunately they haven’t been big enough to make them worth chasing for a feed. On the other hand, they are good bait size.

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