Falling for flatties this autumn
  |  First Published: March 2017

With great weather and no surf visitors, locals have enjoyed great offshore fishing conditions with only the odd day too windy for comfortable fishing. And with the great conditions has come some excellent fishing. Good catches of big tiger flathead have been common with fish caught at around the 60m mark at a number of locations. In a bit closer, there have also been good bags of sand flathead caught. It’s pretty hard to beat a good feed of offshore flathead!

Plenty of gummy sharks have also been caught. The fish have been the legal size with only the odd big fish caught around the same areas as the tiger flathead. A few school sharks and mako sharks have been caught by those fishing with big baits in a berley trail. The beach was closed on a number of occasions after the sighting of white pointers swimming not far offshore.

A few kingfish have been caught with the best fishing coming from further down the coast towards Marlo. With the flat seas, it has been no problem launching at the Bastion Boat Ramp. Take care around low tide, as the harbour is very shallow.

Fishing the beaches has been quiet, due to very little surf action. When there has been some rougher surf conditions, some awesome salmon can be caught and the fishing has been good off the breakwall.

The bottom lake has been fishing really well over the summer period. There weren’t too many days that I wasn’t out there fishing with clients, and the fishing we had was excellent. There’s plenty of flathead along with some great bream and whiting. The fish were all caught on lures and were great fun. Good catches of bream were made by those fishing with bait, and the best bait has been the local blood cockles fished in the shallows in the same area as the cockle beds. Fantastic flounder have also been caught from the top lake.

Black bream and flathead are available in the top lake and further upstream towards Gypsy Point. Over the past month, decent mulloway have been caught in the same area. Those chasing a feed of prawns have had to work hard and put in the time to get a feed. They are there, but they are few and far between.

Up in the fresh, bass have been caught by those prepared to put in the effort. Dawn and dusk are the best times.

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