The shallows fish well
  |  First Published: November 2007

With the warming weather the flathead have started to spread out through the entire system. Whether fishing bait or lures, there have been good catches in the Top and Bottom lakes and above Gypsy Point.

This time of year quality fish are caught in the shallows and as the water start heating up, the fish tend to drop back into the deeper water.

Really big fish are about, often only spotted after they are spooked and dashing off towards deeper water. Plenty of fish around 3kg have been caught and released.

Fishing with hard lures or plastics rigged on a light jighead into water only 30cm to 1m deep has resulted in the capture of some quality fish.

Good results have also come using bigger lures like Rapala Husky Jerks and Bushy’s Stiffies. The same lures are also dynamite on the big bream that cruise the shallow margins. The problem with using too small a lure is the flathead often end up swallowing it and breaking the trace and you end up losing your lure.

Fishing with prawns and nippers in the same areas has resulted in good captures of bream and the odd flathead.

We were fishing for flathead in the Top Lake when baitfish started scattering as they were attacked. Thinking the attackers may have been tailor, I rigged my clients’ outfits with metal lures. Surprise, surprise, the tailor turned out to be salmon.

We took some good fish over 1kg and the clients had a ball for the next three hours using metals and poppers. I would hate to be a baitfish with the size of the school of salmon roaming around.

Some good tailor are also getting in on the action with fish to 1kg.

This type of action is a direct result of how deep and wide the entrance is. Let’s hope a huge school of big jewfish turn up, as has happened before.

Some cracking big estuary perch have been caught with fish to 2kg the norm. These are spread out and they take local knowledge to pinpoint – or you could always be lucky.

Tailor, trevally, flathead and yellowfin bream are being caught in the entrance channels on lures and bait.

King George whiting are also about with the best baits nippers, worms or fresh local prawns.

The beaches have been fishing well for salmon with good gutters from Bastion Point through to Betka Beach. The Betka river has started to fire up with some good catches of bream and flathead.

Boats heading offshore are still catching some good gummy sharks and the flathead fishing is starting to pick up.

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