Plenty more fun inshore
  |  First Published: December 2014

The past month has seen things really warm up and it’s great to see the winter weather behind us.

The fishing is great over the winter months but the weather is not everyone's cup of tea. Spring offers great fishing as everything starts to warm up then before you know it, we are into the long, hot days of summer.

This time of year is a good time to visit the area with not too many visitors around and good weather just before the Christmas visitors arrive.

The fishing offshore won't really start to fire up until after Christmas with the water slowly warming and the fish just starting to move. Flathead and gummy sharks will come on the bite and the kingfish should put in an appearance. With the new boat ramp completed it’s going to be interesting seeing how and where the sand settles and just how user-friendly the new facility is during the Christmas period.

Salmon are still being caught off the local beaches with plenty of fish around until just after Christmas, then the warmer water will see the sand whiting, yellowfin bream and tailor frequenting the good gutters on all the local beaches.

The salmon are still in the lake terrorising the schools of baitfish with fish to 2kg not uncommon. These fish move quickly around the lake with bird activity the key to locating where the action is.

Good numbers of silver trevally are also terrorising the baitfish schools with both soft plastic lures and blades catching fish.

The past month has really seen the dusky flathead fire up with good fish caught from all around both the top and bottom lakes. Some big fish have been caught as this time of year the fish come back on the chew shaking off their winter lethargy. Plenty of good eating size fish (36-45cm) are around, which is great to see as this means the bigger fish can be let go, hopefully to reach trophy size.

The black bream are starting to spread out through the system after being upstream spawning. They are on the feed, but finding them in numbers can be tricky.

Yellowfin bream are being caught in the Goodwin Sands area and in the Top Lake. The coming months should see more bream and whiting arriving in the lake with the warmer ocean currents.

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