Quiet days, busy fishing
  |  First Published: July 2016

After six months of constant visitors, the town has finally quietened right down as we head into winter. Weather-wise you wouldn't know that it’s winter with mild nights and warm days. The fishing over the past few months has been excellent with plenty of variety both in the lake and offshore.

The water temperature has cooled right down along the beach. Sitting around 17°C, the cooler water has encouraged salmon to turn up in numbers. You will catch salmon as they move from gutter to gutter fishing the local beaches on a rising tide.

Quarry Beach is the spot to try for a gummy shark, with deep gutters present and big tides at night. The lake has fished well over the past month with all the usual species on the go. There have been plenty of silver trevally caught in both the top and bottom lake with some of the bigger models up around 2kg, they have been caught on bait and a variety of lures. Bream, both black and yellowfin are around, but you have to keep moving to find the fish. Bream have been caught as far upstream as Gypsy Point.

After a quiet season for mulloway, the past month saw a flurry of catches and encounters. Most of these were around the recent full moon with fish caught to 16kg. Plenty of small flathead are still been caught along with the odd bigger fish if chasing flathead at this time of year keep an eye out for the patches of warmer water as this is often where the fish are. The sand whiting have really slowed down as the water temperature has cooled and the odd fish has been caught, however, don’t expect to catch numbers.

We have had some excellent days of still and cloudless weather, but remember, these conditions are the hardest to catch fish during. Offshore there have been some good flathead both tigers and sandies caught, with boats catching fish around the Ariels along with some good gummy shark out around Gabo Island. Some great kingfish action has been had over the past month with plenty of rats caught alongside quality fish to 1m+. The game boats have headed out wide to target broadbill. The biggest one landed was around 200kg! Around a dozen fish have already been caught. Unusually, these fish have been caught during the day when normally they are a night capture.

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