The school holidays have come and gone, with most kids – big and small – going home with a feed of fish.
The local scallop boat jetty has seen many trevally and legal-sized bream landed late in the day. The best bait is local peeled prawn. The Western Jetty, under the floating café, has also produced bream, some of over 1kg. The bigger fish are best targeted early in the morning, and Gulp Shrimp soft lures have been a good option for the lure fisher.
At this time of year, King George whiting should make appearance in the area. November and December may also see some luderick turn up on the rocks around Kalimna, while flathead will appear in the main channel when the weather warms up. Anglers with boats would do well to head up towards the Nungurner and Nyerimilang area, then drift around until they find flathead. Whiting, on the other hand, are best targeted around the weed beds.
The entrance to the North Arm has seen some estuary perch caught all the way up to the bridge. Stealth Prawn lures have been doing the job on the ‘EP’.
The weather for offshore reef fishing so far this spring has not been good, with most weekends being ruined by wind. As a result there isn’t much to report, but the good news is that as the weather improves and the water temperature rises, the bigger snapper will return to the two main reefs (Six Mile and Ten Mile reefs). Gummy sharks will also come on the bite early in the morning down to the west, with the pick of the marks being the ‘pipeline’, ‘rock’ and ‘pine’. Whole squid is the best bait for them.
Lake Tyers is still firing, with the Nowa Nowa Arm producing bream and flathead from the Trident Arm up to the Devil Hole. Most of the bream are around the snags, while the flathead are close to the edges. Soft plastics are good lures with which to catch both species.
Ron Brymer and his family caught over 40 flathead up to 3.5kg, along six tailor of 1–3kg. They fished between Blackfellow Arm to Long Point, and their preferred lures were Squidgy Fish in black and gold. There have been poddy mullet caught on Squidgies as well.
Tailor are being caught in the shallows right up in the top of Blackfellow Arm. Burnt Bridge has been a very good area just before dark for flathead, with most fish 40–50cm. In addition a few bream can be caught around at Cherry Tree.
Crystal Bay has produced bream on local prawn. The incoming tide has seen salmon come into the main lake and these fish have been very good fun on light tackle. Fellow VFM contributor Wes Brew also fished Lake Tyers with great success during school holidays, catching salmon from on the beach early in the morning on a red popper.Reads: 1971