Plenty of options as water warms
  |  First Published: October 2007

Spring is a great time to be fishing around here. There are plenty of options as the water temperature starts to rise and this will make the fish more active.

Offshore, the flathead are starting to come on the bite after the really cold water made them go dormant. Good flathead are being caught from Gabo Island through to Bastion Point and the fishing will improve over coming months.

Good gummy sharks are about with the best action happening around the sand and gravel adjacent to the reefs. Once a fish is caught you know there are more in the area.

As the water warms, these same areas can be good for pinkie snapper.

The salmon fishing off the beaches has been good with plenty of fish caught off both Bastion Point and Tip Beach. The average size is around a kilo.

The entrance of the lake system has been fishing well with good catches of King George whiting and silver trevally.

The whiting are being caught around the weed edges on nippers, worms and prawns. Whenever they turn up they attract quite a bit of interest because they are such great eating fish.

The trevally are found in similar areas and are in good numbers. There are plenty of trevors nudging the kilo mark being caught on fresh baits or soft plastic lures.

Yellowfin bream and flathead are also being caught around the margins of the Bottom Lake.

Moving through the Narrows and into the Top Lake are good catches of black bream, flathead and the odd yellowfin bream – plenty of good size, too.

From Genoa River Jetty to above Gypsy Point, large numbers of black bream are being caught – along with a few flathead. Soft plastics and bait have been working well with prawns and nippers the pick of the baits.

The water at this end of the system is still murky and, because of how deep the entrance is after the Winter rains, the entire estuary system has emptied out, leaving shallower than normal conditions. So watch out for sandbars, logs, rocks and other nasty obstacles to a good day’s boating.

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