With the Anzac Day weekend over the town is starting to look a lot quieter. This is a good thing as the fishery is under constant pressure with many anglers staying for long periods and keeping plenty of fish. (There are no total possession limits in Victoria as there are in other states, can you believe it?) The boat ramp is coming ahead with completion due around November ready for the Christmas period.
The past month has seen some boats heading offshore fishing. The bar crossing is shallow as one boat found out, running straight into the sandbank then ending up upside down. Good fishing has been had with sand flathead and gummy shark being caught. Big schools of baitfish are about with kingfish in amongst the bait. Big schools of salmon are also about and it won't be long before they are thick on all the local beaches. In the lake the water is just starting to clear up after the recent rains.
The sandbar at the entrance has slowed down the flow, resulting in the lake taking longer to clear up. The entrance area has fished well for the bait fishers; fresh baits such as nippers and worms have worked well for the yellowfin bream.
Blackfish have also been caught, with a group of guys fishing with floats and green weed for bait getting amongst the fish.
Regular visitors Greg and Lachy fished with me for three days and had some great fishing for flathead. At the end of the three days they would have landed over 220 flathead, the majority of which were between 35cm and 38cm. Only one fish was over the slot size (55cm). I have been letting go any fish over 40cm as these fish need a helping hand to live long enough to get above the slot limit. It was great to see Greg and Lachy release all their fish.
The bream are still being caught by the bait fishermen and they have started to fire up a bit, taking a variety of lures. Flounder are in the lake, and there are some good sized specimens in the mix. They are been caught regularly enough by anglers tossing blades and vibes, and what a great eating fish they are!
Silver trevally are in the lake, turning up anywhere in the Top or Bottom lakes, upstream around Gypsy Point. Flathead and bream are still being caught even though the water is still dirty.Reads: 603