Offshore fishing exceptional
  |  First Published: February 2009

 Despite the ‘silly season’ the fishing is still firing. Never before have I seen so many boats on the water and most are catching a feed.

Lake Tyers has been the standout location, with all manner of species taking both lures and bait. Flathead have been the most predominant species, but there are also bream, trevally and the occasional pinky snapper.

A real surprise lately has been the poddy mullet. For some reason there have been quite a few taking baits meant for other species. After I baited up a friend’s rod with half a pilchard and cast it out, she got a bite that broke the line. Not five minutes later she hooked up again and landed a poddy of around 3.2kg. Not only did it have the 2/0 hook in the corner of its mouth, but also the hook from the previous bust-off.

The most productive areas have been around the Number 2 Ramp up to Trident Arm. For the lure fishos, there have been flathead along the rocky banks, whereas the bream have been mostly in the open water and are best targeted with the blade style lures, or soft plastics.

There have been some thumping big trevally swimming with the bream too. If you’re bait fishing, make sure your drag is set fairly loose because when they hit they will hit with force.

Around Lakes Entrance, the front lake has been fishing well, with lots of flathead and mullet in the shallows. A few good whiting have also been taken.

The sandworm have been spawning and all manner of sealife have been gorging themselves. There have been some huge luderick around the jetties lately and they too have been falling to unweighted worms drifted around the pylons.

Of an evening it is not uncommon to see multiple lights in the water, as the prawns have started running. Funnily enough, on the eastern side of the footbridge, the bigger prawns have been running, whereas smaller bait prawns plague the western side of the bridge.

The surf beaches have been very quiet due to the ever-present red weed and kelp. When conditions have allowed, there has been the odd gummy and a few salmon taken by the persistent anglers. Baits such as squid have been good, as there are lots of crabs about that tend to make short work of soft baits.

The fishing offshore has been exceptional. The snapper are running and they range from just legal size up to 5kg. Fresh bait is the first choice of many anglers, and barracouta fillets are a top choice. Pilchards and squid have also been successful. Areas such as the Four Mile Reef have been a good starting point, as have The Pines and the Nine Mile. Watch your sounder for bait schools and keep an eye on the weather.

There has been great fishing for snapper on the reefs offshore from Lakes Entrance.

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