Warm water triggers hot bite
  |  First Published: December 2006

Warm water can be found offshore and in the lake system with the temperature increasing as you head upstream.

As the water warmed it triggered some dynamite fishing, especially for black bream. In less than a full day Kaj Busch, Ian Miller, Chris Wright and I accounted for more than 350 bream, about 80% of which were caught sight casting. Only a handful of fish were under 26cm with the biggest going 1.76kg in a truly memorable session.

My guided trips around the same time averaged more than 50 fish a day so the action truly has been fantastic.

There have also been some great days on the flathead with big numbers being caught around the John Bull marker, most of which have been around 50cm. Bait anglers have been having good success on live mullet and soft plastics, including the Firebait Wiggletail and Captain Kev Minnow, have also been catching plenty.

The bigger flathead are spread out from the rivers to the lakes with one big fish caught off Stingray Point weighing more than 6kg.

Yellowfin bream, silver trevally and the odd flathead have been on the bite around the entrance with the rising tide the best bet for some action. Small soft plastics on light jigheads are the go for lure anglers while nippers and worms have been the outstanding baits.

Some big jewfish have been sighted by anglers fishing the Bottom and Top lakes and over coming months there will be encounters with jewfish over 25kg.

The freshwater sections of the rivers and creeks have been fishing well for big bass for those prepared to do a bush bash with a small box of lures and a rod. These fish are often over 1.5kg with night presenting the best opportunity for tangling with a big bass.

Beach fishing has been good for salmon and yellowfin bream with the best gutters for salmon at Davis Creek, while the bream hot spot has been from the entrance to Bastion Point.

Offshore fishing has been good for school sharks, gummy sharks and flathead. Try for flathead and gummies around Gabo Island while the school sharks have been common around Bastion Point.

Over the next dark (January 16 to 21) there will be good prawning in the Bottom Lake.

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