Big reds offshore and plenty of estuary flatties
  |  First Published: February 2005

Well, we are really and truly into the Summer now, with this fantastic warm weather, I hope you’re not forgetting to slip, slop, and slap.

A good place to try your luck at fishing is at the sand spit opposite Lakes Entrance Souvenirs; look for the big pirate because he will be watching you catch bream and trevally. There are some big holes to fish in so a mulloway is not out of the question her with the right tackle and bait.

The main lake around Snake Island and Rigby Island is still producing whiting, leather jackets and some nice flathead. The rocks around the Narrows have some big luderick around this time of year, fish around one kilo are not uncommon. The North Arm should see the return of garfish and mullet.

The Wolffenbuttel family consisting of Bill, Nic, Liz, Emma and cousin Ross had some fun trolling around the entrance to the main lake chasing tailor and salmon with lazer-style lures. They caught some fish to almost a kilo and had a great day out. This action should continue for those wanting to take a break from bait fishing or lure casting. Bullock Island should see the return of prawns and flounder so watch the tides, and concentrate your efforts on the run out for the best results.

The big reds are here fish to 8kg are not uncommon. Local angler and keen outside fishing friend Gary Warfe and son caught some on the Six Mile Reef in the middle of the month. If you have some heavy gear try and berley up a shark or two. Mako and Seamyth charter operators offer a service to catch all sorts of fish as well. Book early to avoid the disappointment of missing out.

At Lake Tyers the main lake is still producing flathead, tailor, mullet and leather jackets. For bream action head up the arms. Black Fellows Arm and Toorloo Arm have been two of the better arms to concentrate your bream fishing efforts in. Nowa Nowa is another good option for bream and flathead. Turn right at Mingling Waters Roadhouse and you’ll see there is a boat ramp and picnic area where you can start and finish your fishing adventure. Local milkman Mr. Ray Waterie Junior enjoys fishing Nowa Nowa Arm for flathead on soft plastics like Juro Firebaits. The main one he uses is a premium holographic, with neons and wriggle tails being the most popular and the lures Ray enjoyed his greatest success on last trip out.

For more up to date information on what’s biting around the Lakes Entrance area, drop into East End Bait and Tackle Supplies or call (03) 5155 1593 and ask for Bill.

Ron Brymer with a Lakes Tyers flathead.

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