Fishing pressure eases
  |  First Published: August 2014

The past month has seen the town quieten down. The fish must love this, as it’s a reprieve from the months of constant fishing pressure.

The past month has seen some good storms dumping good rain and whipping up some big seas. With the construction of the break wall continuing (it’s due to be completed in November), the only access to the ocean is by crossing the bar at the lake mouth and this is safest on the calmest of days only. With this in mind only a few boats have been out to chase a feed of fish over the past month. There have been a few nice gummy shark caught out around Gabo Island, and some good sand flathead have also been caught. With the water cooling right down, the offshore fishing will slow right down until the warmer water finds its way back around Christmas time.

The big seas have created plenty of good gutters on all the local beaches. Salmon have moved along the beaches and are being caught by anglers tossing lures or soaking baits. The salmon are yet to enter the lake in numbers but this should happen over the next month.

The recent rains have moved the entrance to the lake further down the beach towards Bastion Point. The water is a dirty brown, but with no more rain it won't be long before it runs clear again. Winter time is when the silver trevally enter the lake and this year has been no exception, with plenty of fish being caught on both bait and lures. Soft plastic lures and metal blades have being catching some of the bigger fish.

Dusky flathead are still being caught. They are definitely not carpeted on the bottom; you really need to put in the time to locate schools of fish. The common size is between 35cm to 40cm. Not too many fish get caught over the 55cm slot size.

Yellowfin bream are still being caught but they are not about in the numbers and size that they have been in the last few years. Bait fishermen are still doing well on the sand whiting, with fish caught around the entrance area. The best bait has been sand worms, with those anglers having the best success putting in the time to work out the best stage of the tide to fish.

The recent dirty water pushed the black bream over towards the other side of Goodwin Sands, with very few fish being caught anywhere else in the system. Let’s hope that's not the whole population.

Good fishin’, Capt Kev.

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