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Tamboon Inlet
  |  First Published: March 2014



Tamboon Inlet has to be one of my most favourite fishing locations in Australia. With the diverse species this place has to offer and the size of the fish, you will see why this place is a destination both lure and bait anglers see as a must fish location.

The Lake or inlet system offers top notch flathead, bream, salmon and tailor just to name a few, and as you snake your way up and enter Cann River, catching a fish up in this pretty system is a bonus.

PRIME TIME

Tamboon inlet can be fished with great success all year round. Targeting flathead in the warmer months is best when the shallow water heats up and the fish become more active, ‘basking’ in the sun waiting for an easy meal to swim by.

Bream fishing is exceptional in the winter months when the fish start to school up pre spawn. Cricket scores of fish can be caught during the time of the year and can make for some top notch fishing in the lake and river.

THE GEAR

Like most estuary fishing a light 2-4kg graphite spin rod with a 2000 size reel is best when chasing bream and flathead. When targeting the abundant tailor then don't forget to use a wire trace otherwise it can become very expensive in the pocket with the amount of lost lures.

THE RIG

A reel spooled up with 6lb braid and a long 4-6lb fluorocarbon leader is ideal for casting lures at bream. You might want to bump it up a little if fishing the snags as light leader doesn't last long around barnacle-encrusted snags and big perch.

If specifically targeting flathead then 8-12lb leaders are a good starting point with a 1/8oz jighead and your favourite plastic tied on the end.

BAIT AND LURES

One of my go-to lure for targeting flathead in the estuary is Squidgy Fish as it is a good replica of a mullet and a proven flathead catcher.

Softies for bream work well. Squidgy Bloodworm Wrigglers in 80 and 100mm are almost the first plastic I tie on and cast out.

Fishing blades in the open water and along rock walls is very effective and are one of the easiest ways to catch bream, along with other species that are available in the lake.

BEST METHOD

When targeting bream in the winter months then a quality sounder is essential. Locating schooled up bream in open water and casting small blades to the fish is by far one of the best methods and most enjoyable ways to spend time on the water.

MOTHER NATURE

Dusky flathead rules and regulations have recently changed so just remember that the size limit is now 30-55cm with a total possession limit of 5 fish per angler. Letting the bigger fish go will ensure stock levels of fish are maintained and the breeders are left to do their thing.

HOT TIP

It's important to adjust the drag on your reel to suit the surrounding and environment that you are fishing. When fishing for bream in snags you want to have it locked up making it easier to pull fish from the timber and not get busted off.

Fishing in open water for bream and flathead having the drag backed off is best. You will not pull as many hooks from fish’s mouths as you are not required to pull them from timber in a white knuckled affair.

 

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