Bread and butter species abundant
  |  First Published: November 2015

With spring here and summer in our sights, many are happy to see that cold winter weather behind us. Great fishing has been on offer over the past few months – with very few visitors to the area adding to the charm of fishing here during the winter months.

The local beaches have seen good numbers of salmon moving along the gutters with high tide fishing well. These fish will eat anything that moves be it lure or bait with plenty of fish caught on a barrel sinker painted white, slid on the line and tied on a treble. This setup costs less than a dollar and will catch as many fish as lures that cost over 5x as much. The new jetty at the boat ramp at Bastion Point provides a great place to fish along with the break wall.

As the growth on the rocks becomes more established, the fishing will only get better. Remember this is not the area to clean fish as it is only a couple of hundred meters away from the main swimming beach and attracting sharks to this area could be concern in the future. Cold water temperatures in the ocean have seen a few anglers chasing a feed. As things start to warm, the fish will begin to fire up and the boats will start to head out for a feed of flathead, gummy shark, and (fingers crossed) kingfish.

The bottom lake has been fishing well with good numbers of yellowfin bream, silver trevally, and flathead caught. As per usual you’ll need to move around to find the fish, then concentrate your efforts in that area. A number of locals have set themselves up to fish for the luderick or blackfish that are in the system – there are numerous land based locations to fish for them. Not only are they a good size, they taste great, and they are a challenge to catch.

Flathead have been caught throughout the system and as the water warms, the fishing should only improve. Currently, the bays facing the north with slightly warmer water are fishing the best.

Good numbers of black bream have been caught, with fish anywhere from the Top Lake to well upstream. These fish can be near impossible to catch one day and virtually jump into the boat the next!

Bait fisherman have had great success using fresh local prawn for bait while those fishing with lures have had to chop and change to find the lure that works. With the rivers all flowing well, the bass fishing in the months ahead should be good as the fish move freely from pool to pool.

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