Flatties, snapper and gummies are on
  |  First Published: March 2005

March fishing is quite good for luderick around the rocks at Kalimna, some of the local fishing friends have no trouble bagging out on most days.

The fish at this time of year have been around 1kg with fish of two or more kilograms not uncommon. Jason Smith, one of the keen locals, enjoys fishing most days with quite a good catch rate. The floating restaurant at the western end of town his favourite spot. Trevally, bream and the odd whiting are usually caught during an outing.

Up the North Arm the garfish appear to be returning. February saw the return of the prawns in the main lake (around The Narrows) and the best time to catch these prawns will be around the new moon in March.

Outside fishing is still quite good with fish being caught most days that anglers can get safely in and out of the mouth. Local eight year old Dylan Currie with Dad had a day out when they caught a few snapper The best fish for the days was 6.5kg and was caught by young Dylan. Aboard Mako Fishing Charters in February a Melbourne man caught a 2kg crayfish on a hand line - what a lucky catch – and wasn’t the client stoked. Gummy sharks are still around close to shore on a drift with squid and flesh baits performing well.

Lake Tyers is still a place to fish for flathead and soft plastics are still all the rage. If you have a boat you can get to the better spots like the sand spits around Blackfellows to the Nowa Nowa Arm. Local Greg Armistead enjoys fishing with plastics, his favourite Squidgie (Black and Gold with a Pink tail) has been producing a heap of fish for him. Large tailor are still around with blue bait and Lazer Lures still the best option. If you are land based try boat ramp NO. 2 for bream, flathead and the odd pinkie snapper. During the middle of February Peter Scott of Ferntree Gully caught and released a 4.5kg flathead using a red rum Squidgie Wriggler so Lake Tyers may well be the place for you to target if your other options are not performing.

For more up to date information contact East End Bait and Tackle on (03) 5155 1593 or drop in for a chat and to grab the essentials.

Dylan Currie with his 6.5kg snapper caught wide of Lakes Entrance. Fish like this are still around in March for anglers prepared to do the hard yards.

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