Look No Further
  |  First Published: April 2006

Autumn is here and so are the prawns. Not far behind have been plenty of keen locals chasing a feed at night around Bullock Island.

Those without a boat can still catch a feed by prawning off the rocks or around the little bridge at Bullock.

There have been a few garfish caught up in the Cunningham Arm of late. Suspend a sandworm or a small piece of pipi beneath a float for best results.

The odd big bream has also been caught under floats. They’re certainly good fun on light tackle.

The school holidays saw lots of small fish landed: pinkies, snapper, trevally, whiting and bream. A few really big bream have been seen around the town jetties but they haven’t been too interested in baits or lures.

Early March saw many very large salmon landed off Eastern Beach. Boyd Kempton of Melbourne caught one fish that was 85cm. Apparently, it danced across the water and put on quite a show.

As autumn settles in I suggest heading up the North Arm to look for big flathead and bream that are usually up there at this time of year.

Outside, the fishing for snapper was poor during late February and early March with only a few getting boated. However, there were some kingfish that showed up. Cam from FoodWorks landed a nice one trolling a Lazer lure.

Some very large sharks have turned up too, the best of which was a 5ft mako. I’ve also heard of a few hammerheads about and some nice flathead caught close to the entrance on cut pilchards and small pieces of squid.

Lake Tyers

Lake Tyers has seen many visiting fishing clubs most weekends with plenty of fish boated. Casting out past the weed has brought best results on prawns and live shrimp.

Flathead have come on bluebait from the top end of the Nowa Nowa Arm and there’ve been lots of garfish from behind the caravan park where there’s a boat ramp and a picnic area. It’s a good place to spend an afternoon fishing and relaxing.

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