Time for big bream bounty
  |  First Published: March 2017

The town wharfs have been producing plenty of fun fishing with large amounts of slimy mackerel and trevally around the Ferryman Café Wharf and the Post Office Jetty.

These great fish have provided lots of fun for families over the holiday break. A key to consistent fishing has come with the use of a float, which keeps your bait suspended in the water column.

The main lake area around Rigby and Flannagan Island is still producing good amounts of King George whiting around weed beds, mostly by those using fresh mussel or pipis fished on an extended paternoster rig cast close to the edge the weed patches.

While working the weed banks, it’s well worth flicking around some prawn pattern plastics. A major key to success has been to use a reasonably heavy jighead to keep consistent bottom contact, and to make sure that your lure is swimming with the tide, it will look a great deal more realistic and will bring you better results. Usually, this technique will see you land plenty of quality dusky flathead, along with a few silver trevally and salmon .

The prawning season is in full swing, with a mix of school and king prawns on the move. Areas such as the sand flats in the Cunningham Arm are where the bulk of the action has been happening, due to ease of access.

Lake tyers

Lake Tyers continues to produce quality fish from the main lake, but recently it has been rather quiet due to recent boat traffic from the holiday season. Further up the system and heading towards the island in Nowa Nowa Arm or Blackfellows Arm, plenty of quality bream have been holding tight to cover around all of the fallen trees and rocky edges. Along these edges have been mixed-sized dusky flathead, and working baitfish profile pattern plastic will find consistent results.

Fishing higher in Toorloo Arm area in places such as Burnt Bridge and Cherry Tree has produced plenty of bream and the odd flathead. These areas are great for the kids and offer a great chance of catching a fish or two. For best success, a simple rig of 6lb line with a small hook and just split shot is all you need to fish a bait around the timber.

What’s coming up

With the next lot of school holidays on its way, the town will see a steady increase in population.

The warm water currents have well and truly arrived, with the odd rat kingfish running around the lake system and offshore. Depending on the weather, we should see plenty of serious anglers heading out wide to chase marlin and tuna.


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