The world turns flat and brown
  |  First Published: December 2007

As summer kicks in, the offshore fishing starts to really heat up and the warmer water signals that flathead will start firing.

Quality flathead have been caught around Gabo Island, while out wider the gummy sharks have been on the bite. Depending on currents, kingfish could turn up in numbers over the coming months with one angler already having a brief encounter with a big kingie.

Fishing the beaches around the entrance through to Betka has been productive for salmon. Fish around a kilo are being caught using metal lures while the best bait has been a pilchard.

Salmon are still in the lake with most of the fish coming from the far side of Goodwin Sands. In this instance, trolling lures and casting metal lures has been the go.

Yellowfin, bream, black bream and flathead are spread though the Bottom Lake with fish being caught on soft and hard lures. The most effective fresh baits include nippers, worms and prawns.

Some good-sized tailor are about with fish up to 1.5kg in the Bottom Lake and some good flathead around Palmers Bank.

If you are fishing for bream you need to keep moving because the clear water can make it tricky to fool some of these big fish. Long casts are definitely an advantage.

Jewfish have come on the bite over the past month with most caught from Gypsy Point right through to the entrance. People fishing with bait and lures have caught these fish during the day.

Four of the jewfish caught were around 20kg and there have been smaller fish between 5kg and 8kg. As with all jewie fishing, it is hit and miss with the best tactic being to find bait and fish around it.

The rewards are there if you put in the time and it would definitely be worth wetting a line around the new or full moon for a jewie.

Perch fishing around dusk or dawn has been good with big fish caught on soft plastics and hard-bodied lures.

Action in the Genoa and Wallagaraugh rivers has been good with plenty of flathead caught on a variety of soft plastics. Black bream around 30cm are in good numbers.

The Betka River is still open to the ocean and is fishing well for flathead and black bream. The best area has been from the entrance to around past the bridge. This is also an excellent area to fish off the bank.

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