Foul weather tests anglers
  |  First Published: September 2014

After the Victorian coast copped a hammering from some serious weather the fishing has been slow, although there are still plenty of options for those chasing a feed.

Lakes Entrance jetties have been invaded by huge schools of yellow-eye mullet and are easily caught using sandworm or bread under a float. Best jetties have been the Ferrymans Wharf, Nautilus Jetty and the skate park boat ramp. With all the mullet around there have been reports of large fish being hooked and lost, which are possibly mulloway or huge flathead. It pays to have a livie out as you never know what’s hanging around.

Some nice bream have been caught in the early hours on live shrimp and sandworm fished on slack line around the boat hulls. Trevally and luderick have also been caught but most have been small.

Bullock Island has been firing with salmon, tailor and trevally caught on the flood tide using pilchard fillets and small metal lures. Sand crabs have been in big numbers too and are easily caught in a hoop style trap. Just make sure you check local regulations before setting pots.

The odd school whiting and butterfly gurnard have been caught at Kalimna Jetty on peeled prawn. Small pinky snapper to 30cm have been caught along the rock wall on pilchard fillets along with some thumping big yank flathead on the run-out tide drifting baits along the wall. Some huge winter yellowfin bream have been caught on black crab fished unweighted along the wall too, but getting a crab past the wrasse is challenging.

Lake Tyers has been fishing well for bream and luderick in the deeper areas around the glasshouse and long point on metal vibes and soft plastics. The upper reaches of the Nowa Nowa Arm have been fishing well for big bream using lightly weighted soft plastics on weedless jigheads and hopped through the timber. It’s a tricky way to fish but very effective when the bite is tough.

Huge tailor have been caught trolling through the system on Rapala X-Raps and Halco Twisties.

Garfish have been caught at Burnt Bridge on worm, and a few flatties have been taken just above Cherry Tree by the kayak anglers on plastics and peeled prawn.

Offshore has been challenging due to the bad weather but the boats getting out to the 8 Mile Reef have been rewarded with some nice pan size pinkies, morwong and nannygai and the occasional school shark. Squid have been in big numbers and make great fresh bait. The couta have moved on, which is good news as it can be very frustrating re-rigging every drop when they are thick. In close, the flatties have been patchy but drifting should see you get a few.

The surf beaches have been the highlight with big numbers of salmon caught both spinning and bait fishing. Lake Tyers Beach has been best but don't discount eastern or main beaches as there are good gutters all the way along the beach. Green surf poppers, bluebait and 40g metal slugs are best. Look for the deeper channels but also watch for birds and dark patches in the water as these could be cruising schools of fish.

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