Entering clear waters
  |  First Published: September 2007

At last the water has started to clear with the entrance area turning a nice green, enabling a view of the bottom –something that hasn’t been possible for a good month.

The lake levels have dropped even more than usual so be careful taking short cuts or you will end up on a sandbank – something I’ve done a few times in past weeks.

Some good fishing has been reported at the front of the system with great Winter trevally, around 2kg.

The same areas have provided good results for yellowfin bream and quality tailor. Hardbodied lures and soft plastics have worked well with the Firebait Longtail Minnow in purple catching plenty of fish.

There has been some good action on flathead and once you’ve found them, it is not hard to catch a few for a feed.

The average fish is around 45cm but don’t be surprised if you hook something a lot bigger. They have mainly been caught on lures rather than bait.

The Goodwin Sands area has been fishing well with some thumper yellowfin bream to around 1.5kg being caught, along with big black bream and some good-sized tailor. Unfortunately, most of the big tailor end up getting away because they bite through the light leader and take off with your lure.

Fish have been caught on an assortment of soft plastics, and the bait-fishers have done well using prawns.

Heading through the Narrows, the water is still murky brown but the fish are there and are being caught all the way through to above Gypsy Point.

While guiding over the past month some memorable action has been recorded, with one group catching more than 120 black bream over two days. Another lucky angler landed a nice jew of around 7kg on bream gear along with a whole swag of bream.

There have been plenty of quality fish around with the best I’ve seen for the past month measuring just over 48cm. The fishing should remain good and maybe even get better over the coming month.

The beaches have had the usual run of salmon in all of the good gutters with all the usual techniques working well.

Very little fishing has been done offshore as seas have been generally unfavourable for the past month.

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