Total washout but light on the horizon
  |  First Published: August 2013

Up until mid June the Gippsland Lakes had been absolutely brilliant with multiple options available to anglers.

As we approached the middle week of June we received a week solid of rain and the whole system had a good flush out which shut the fishing down completely.

Be it good or bad, Lake Tyers is once again open to the ocean and lets hope we get a run of those mega silver trevally come in again. There is still a lot of water coming down the Nowa Nowa arm so it will create a good channel and should stay open for a while. Hopefully by August the water will have cleared and the fishing will once again be firing. In the meantime enjoy your time on the water.

Prior to the big flood the Cunningham arm in Lakes Entrance was alive with huge schools of blackfish, bream, trevally and mullet around the town jetties. Shrimp, sandworm and pilchard were preferred baits, with luderick being caught mostly on green weed fished the traditional way. The size of these fish has been great too with most around 33-38cm with the odd thumper mixed in too.

Bullock island was fishing well for salmon, tailor and trevally on Lazer lures, and bait fishing with prawn was scoring some nice winter run whiting on the flood tide. Surprisingly there have been a few calamari squid hanging around under the lights at night. Sand crabs were in huge numbers and easily caught in a crap pot with squid or fish frames as bait.

The north arm bridge was fishing well for mullet and trevally on peeled prawn and sandworm, with the odd bream thrown in for good measure. The occasional perch has been caught from under the boat hulls on lightly weighted soft plastics and suspending hard bodies fished super slow. Some big butterfly gurnard have been taking the lures too and not only do they look amazing they taste fantastic!

Offshore has been fishing well with the reef systems producing big numbers of pan size pinkies, nannygai, morwong and the occasional gummy. The reefs known as 4 and 6 mile have been best, but a few have travelled to the pipeline and done well on the gravel patches there too. Squid have been hassling anglers so always have a jig rigged and ready as they tend to hang onto baits all the way to the boat. They then turn into fresh bait or a meal!

In close to the beaches the flatties have been very quiet and gurnard have been dominating anglers bags. Squid, pilchard and barracouta are best baits.

Lake Tyers was fishing reasonably well with some nice fish being caught from the snags in the Nowa Nowa arm on resin vibes and spider crab. The flatties have been on the go in the higher reaches around burnt bridge and cherry tree and are taking soft plastics and Crazy Charlie flies. The lower parts of the system have been slow but the odd bream has been caught on vibes in the deep bays opposite the glasshouse.

The surf beaches were experiencing a blinding run of salmon for those who braved the cold mornings. Some of the sambos weighed in at around 4kg while most were between 500g-1.2kg they were exceptional fun on ultra-light bream gear and 15g metal slugs.

Bait Anglers fared well using whole pilchards and white double-tailed grubs on paternoster rigs. There was even reports of the odd gummy taken during the day and plenty of carpet sharks that took advantage of any bait sitting on the bottom too long. Lake Bunga was the pick of the beaches for the salmon and down at Red Bluff at Lake Tyers there were some nice pinkie snapper caught around the shallow reef on pilchard cubes and squid, and on the calm days spinning with soft plastic stick baits on bream gear scored plenty.


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