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Take Your Pick
  |  First Published: November 2005



With a good deep entrance allowing the tides to move in and out, everything is looking good for the months ahead. The warming weather will start to stir the local fish population and I’m hoping for a big school of jewfish to make their way in too.

With no commercial netting allowed in the system anymore, jewfish are just one of the many species, including yellowfin bream and sand whiting, that will benefit and build in numbers over time.

The local beaches have been fishing well for salmon. They’ve been taking pilchards and metal lures, and high tide has been the most productive. Some quality gummy sharks have been caught in the evenings and into the night by those anglers persisting.

The flathead fishing outside has been excellent when the weather allows safe access. It’s hard to beat a fresh feed of flathead straight onto the barbeque.

The fishing in the front lakes is picking up with fish starting to spread out and come on the bite. The main focus, however, is upstream from Cape Horn through to the top sections of the Genoa and Wallagaraugh rivers. With black bream spawning in certain sections of the rivers it’s essential to keep moving.

It’s hard to beat squirtworms for bait at this time of year. Bring them along with you as they are not easy to come by in this area. Nippers can be pumped locally and are a good second option.

Soft plastic anglers need to keep varying the weight of the jighead they use, the colour of their plastics and their retrieval style to get amongst the fish. The popular brands are all catching their fair share of fish.

Think carefully about what you keep because I reckon the flathead in particular have copped a flogging. With estuary perch and bass starting to get active, there are also other options to consider.

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