Homing in on the bream
  |  First Published: April 2014

The town is still busy with plenty of visitors in the camping areas, and it seems like they all have brought a boat judging by the amount of trailers at the boat ramp.

With the break wall under construction, Bastion Point is a no-go construction zone with no public access until its completion (around October). This means that any boats heading offshore need to launch in the lake and head out across the bar, and with the water temperature at 16ºC not too many boats are heading out fishing so there is little to report.

The cold water has meant the beach fishing has slowed down. The only fish still on the go are the salmon, which are available on all the local beaches with the best gutters fishing well on the top of the tide.

The entrance area to the lake has been fishing well, with sand whiting and yellowfin bream and the odd flathead being caught. The most success has come from anglers using fresh bait, with beachworms working best.

The amount of mulloway caught this year has been amazing with the smallest fish weighing in at around 10kg and the biggest up around 25kg. On my last 2 charters we landed a jew each time, 1 around 10kg and the other just over 15kg – both a great effort on 3kg leader. Mulloway are being caught from a few different areas at the moment but the successful anglers are keeping quiet; you can’t blame them though as you have to put in a lot of time to catch jewies consistently.

Some great fishing has been had on the estuary perch in recent weeks. Soft plastic lures and hardbody lures have both been working well, but once again perch fishermen are a secretive bunch which is understandable. You are only as good as your fishing spot, so putting in the time to find your own spots is the key to success.

The bream are about in good numbers, both black and yellowfin, but catching them in any numbers has been a challenge. Hardbody lures fished across the shallows has worked well when there has been a bit of a breeze to ruffle up the surface. Black bream and flathead are still being caught well upstream from Gypsy Point, with the bream around the 30cm mark.

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