Wind limits offshore fun
  |  First Published: December 2006

With wind, wind and more wind, the chances of getting offshore for a fish have been few and far between but the odd time that conditions have allowed boats access to the ocean, good fish have been caught.

Flathead and gummy sharks have been common, with squid and fresh fillets the best choices for bait. Drifting in the Gabo Island has produced gummy sharks along with some big sand flathead.

The beaches have been good for salmon with metal lures and bait catching plenty of fish. Some big yellow fin bream have been caught on the beach between Bastion Point and the entrance to the lake, with prawns a good choice for bait.

The fishing will only get better when the prawns really start moving. This prawn season should be excellent because a good, open entrance allows the prawns to run to sea.

Silver trevally up to 1.2kg have been caught in the channels near the entrance and small soft plastics on light jig heads have produced heaps for the lure fishos while the best bait has been nippers or worms.

Plenty of flathead to around 45cm are being caught with the Karbethong jetty area one of the best spots.

Lots of big yellowfin bream are prowling around the Bottom Lake with Goodwin Sands fishing well. Bream over 45cm are not uncommon and can turn up early in the day anywhere in the Bottom Lake or Top Lake.

Work near the weed edges for you best chances. Bait fishos should anchor and cast to the weed using a light sinker with fresh bait of prawns, nippers or worms and the action won’t be far away.

Lure anglers need to keep moving because these fish don’t really school so it’s a case of a fish here and a fish there. Reliable lures include the Firebait Long Tail Minnow in green, purple or red along with the Captain Kev Minnow in gold fleck.

Some big flathead are being caught anywhere from about Gypsy Point to the Bottom Lake.

When fishing the shallows anywhere down to about 1.5m, don’t underestimate how effective poppers can be with plenty of flathead rising to a popper. My personal best on a popper was 6kg, hooked up in a metre of water.

As usual, black bream have been a challenge for lure and bait anglers but quality fish have been spread throughout the entire system.

Black bream are spread throughout the estuary system at the moment but when you find them, they are quality fish.

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