Soft Plastic Perch
  |  First Published: December 2005

Christmas is over for another year but visitors continue to make the most of the school holidays and time off work.

Bullock Island has seen many small leatherjackets caught around the entrance to the north arm and quite a few estuary perch came from under the north arm bridge in late November. Fishing soft plastics was a popular tactic.

In early December whiting and flathead were still on the chew around the Kalimna rockwall.

Western jetty also saw a few whiting and mullet taken on pipis and prawns.

For those with boats fishing behind Rigby Island, also known as the Barrier Landing, there were some very big whiting in December; some reached 50cm.

Outside, the fishing wasn’t much good during November and early December, mainly due to the wind. There’s been the odd report of some fish starting to school up around the reefs, which may see some good fishing in January. Snapper from 5 to 10kg normally show up at this time of year, especially early in the morning and at the change of tide.

Lake Tyers is still the place to fish for small snapper, the odd whiting, bream, mullet and some very large tailor. Most of the fish, however, have been flathead with many specimens around 50cm. The bulk of them have been caught on soft plastics at the bottom end of the system.

The best flathead I’ve seen measured 95cm and was over 5kg. It was caught on a small bluebait out at Long Point.

For more information call Peter at Lake Tyers Fishing Charters or call in to East End Bait and Tackle and talk to Bill – (03) 5155 1593.

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