Yep, it’s that time of year again and the prawns are in full swing and the size of these tasty critters is exceptional, with an average being around 5-6”. And with plenty over this length, it makes the cold nights well worth the effort.
If you’re land-based, try around the Bullock Island Bridge, Eastern Beach Bridge, around the footbridge or on the stones at Bullock Island. Be wary of unexpected swells and you should get a feed.
For the boaties, Barrier Landing is the pick of the spots. If you’re chasing bait prawns, try the Old Club Bank next to the Nautilus floating restaurant.
Another surprise has been the incredible numbers of small squid from 5-20cm. There seems to be literally thousands of these little squid in the system and it just shows how healthy this fishery really is.
As a result of the prawns the fishing has been exceptional. Flathead, bream, whiting, luderick, salmon, tailor and perch have been making the most of the action. Anywhere from Nyerimilang to the footy ground has seen plenty of fish these fish are best targeted using live prawn, shrimp or sandworm. For the lure anglers, Gulp Shrimp, Squidgy Stealth Prawns or DOA Prawns are the flavour of the month. It’s all about matching the hatch. All the fish have been in excellent condition and are very fat. Hopefully this continues for months to come.
Lake Tyers has been nothing short of phenomenal over the last month. The bream seem to be everywhere and average around 38cm, which is awesome fishing in anyone’s language. The lure guys have been putting in long days and scoring cricket score like catches, mainly on hard bodies and blade lures. When the fish have shut down they have been changing to soft plastics and catching more fish. Bait anglers have also experienced similar action, using peeled prawn slack lined. The best area has been around the glasshouse up in the shallows and around crystal bay and mill point. The flatties have been surprisingly quiet but hopefully this will change soon.
I received a phone call from east Gippsland charters operator Frank Milito last night and he informed me of a fish kill in Lake Tyers. A parasite outbreak has occurred and for some strange reason is only affecting the bream and eels. He counted many bream dead in the shallows and saw many more struggling. The bug has caused them to go blind and it is giving them huge red ulcers. I can only recommend that if you manage to catch a few bream, think twice about eating them, as I'm not certain at this stage how toxic they could be for human consumption.
Offshore has been patchy, with the weather hampering efforts to get out to the reef. When possible, plenty of gummies have been taken at the pines on squid. A few bronze whalers have also been hooked and lost in the vicinity, as well as the occasional blue rocket of the ocean, the mako shark. To my knowledge nobody has landed one yet this year, which is surprising. Please correct me if I'm wrong on this one!
Some good reds have been taken at the 12 Mile on pillies and ’coota fillets. The ’coota have made getting rigs to the bottom a nightmare, so remember to use black swivels if you can.
The surf has been troubling, with kelp and side wash, but numbers of spotty salmon are there for the taking. the big fish are few and far between but persistence pays off. Bluebait and green surf candies are the best bet, along with Lazer Lures in the 25-50g range.
I wish you all the best Martin in future endeavours and thankyou again for your wonderful work at VFM.Reads: 6485