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Prawns still highlight
  |  First Published: May 2014



While the season started a little slow, the prawn run is in full swing! Lake Tyers has been the highlight, with the best action being around the glasshouse area and in front of the pub on the flats. Some have been up to 9”!

Lakes Entrance has been hot and cold on the prawns but walking the banks in front of the old club hotel are producing the goods. The crazy Lake Tyers prawn run has fired up the fishing, and upsizing lures has been a great way to target the better fish. Plastics in the 5”+ range are perfect to match the prawns. Z-Man jerk baits, 120mm Squidgy Wrigglers and large prawn styles are best fished erratically along the drop-offs and deeper channels. Bigger hardbodies like Jackall Squirrels, Daiwa Double Clutches and the new savage twitch baits are scoring well. Live prawn is the gun bait but pilchard cubes will see some solid fish too.

Garfish have been caught up the Nowa Nowa arm on sandworm under a float. Use a breadcrumb and tuna oil berley mix to attract them then fish the worm about 50cm under the surface and if they are a little finicky try slowly retrieving the bait as sometimes this fires them up.

The flathead have been patchy but the sand points around the Glasshouse and Blackfellows arm are worth a look. Natural coloured plastics on light jigheads are best.

Lakes Entrance has been fishing well with huge numbers of luderick caught on the main rock walls on green weed.

The weed has been hard to find but it's worth having a look around any of the storm water outlets and sand flats that hold a few snags.

The town jetties have been fishing well for whiting, and while they haven't been monsters they have been in fairly good numbers. Fresh mussel and shrimp are best baits, but if you can get hold of some live Bass yabbies you’re in with a good shot.

Some big silver trevally have made their presence felt, with some up around the 60cm range! These are best targeted using pilchard fillets under a float around the jetties, mainly the Post Office Jetty or the footbridge.

Further up the lake there have been huge schools of salmon up to 40cm on the incoming tide on metal lures. Kalimna Jetty and Bullock Island are hotspots, and keep an eye out as several confirmed reports of yellowtail kingfish have filtered through, with a couple of hook ups but unfortunately none landed. Large schools of slimy mackerel have been hanging around too and make great live bait for the kings. Fish them under a balloon on a single 4/0 circle hook and hang on.

Nungurner has been slow but some big whiting have been caught along the weed patches, with some big blue spot flathead also making an appearance. Local peeled prawn is best bait on a running sinker. Flood tide is the best, and a little berley doesn't hurt either.

Offshore has been very quiet but the local charter operators have been putting clients onto some nice pinky snapper and morning on the local reef systems. In closer the gummies have been steady mainly off the bluff in about 17-20m of water. Fresh bait is a must and slimies and coota are about as good as it gets. Either drifting or anchoring and berleying is productive. Some nice pinkies have been caught on the same reef patches on plastics and slimy fillets.

The surf beaches have fired lately with huge salmon holding up in all the deep gutters. Spinning with lasers and surface poppers is great fun, but whole pilchards on ganged hooks puts you in with a chance at a gummy or snapper too. Fish the flood tide early morning or late arvo for best results.

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