Salmon and tailor smashing bait
  |  First Published: October 2014

In recent months winter has really made its presence felt, and everyone has been looking forward to warmer weather. There has been little rain and this has allowed the water in the lake and ocean to clear right up after the heavy rains in winter.

The ocean access via the lake is looking good as long as the swell isn't too big. Work on the break wall is powering ahead, and is expected to be completed around October. This should see safer access for all anglers heading offshore.

At this time of year there is little to report on the offshore fishing scene, and it won't be until the water warms up that the locals will head out chasing a feed of flathead.

Salmon are on all the local beaches, and with the cold water to their liking they will be around in good numbers right through until Christmas. Some good size tailor are also been caught amongst the salmon, and both species are plentiful in the lake, terrorising the schools of whitebait.

Silver trevally are right through the system with fish being caught as far upstream as Gypsy Point. You have got to enjoy hooking up to a good size trevally; for their size nothing pulls as hard.

Some great fishing has been had around the entrance area to the lake, with bait fishers still catching some great sand whiting. The key has been both fresh bait and working out the best stage of the tide. The last of the run-out around dawn or dusk is a good time to chase a feed.

Dusky flathead are still being caught right throughout the system. If you’re fishing with lures it pays to work the lure slower over the colder winter months as these fish are half asleep and they won't move too far or too fast to eat your lure. It can often take a few casts to wake them up.

Yellowfin bream are being caught all around the bottom lake, with the back of Goodwin Sands a reliable spot for a few fish. The black bream are on the move, and over the coming months they can be hard to catch as this time of year. Their main concern is spawning, not eating.

Good fishin’, Cap Kev.

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