Clear Water Hampers Fishing
  |  First Published: June 2009

Winter can be a time for challenging fishing and with still no rain to report and the water becoming crystal clear, there have been some mixed reports. Some anglers have had good fishing for bream in the lake one day then the next they struggle to get a fish. It seems to be everywhere has had its share of rain except southern NWS and Victoria. We can only keep our fingers crossed for rain, as this will fire up this fishing.

Fishing the beaches for salmon has really picked up since the water has cooled, with big numbers of fish caught from Bastion Point through to the entrance with fish along Tip Beach down to Bega River mouth. The fish are between 1 to 1.5kg on average with metal lures being the most popular was of getting amongst the action. Good gutters are all along the beaches as consistent swell has really stirred things up. The entrance to the lake has fished well with salmon starting to make their way into the lake.

Fishing offshore, there has been little to report, as there have been few boats heading out. Conditions over the past months have not been favourable. If things are like the past few years, there should be good fishing to be had by those chasing gummy sharks over the winter months.

The Bottom Lake has been fishing well for trevally with some big fish around 2kg caught. The entrance through to Goodwin Sands are been the most consistent, but they can turn up anywhere. Small plastic lures, vibes and blades are all catching fish. You definitely know when a good size trevally is on the other end as they really put up a great fight. Good size pinkie snapper are still being caught in the Bottom Lake with both lures and bait catching fish, a good fish is around 45cm.

The edge fishing for black bream has been tricky with clear water making the fish skittish. Out a bit deeper both yellowfin bream and black bream are being caught with soft plastic lures and vibes working well. Amongst the bream have been some good eating size flathead to around 45cm with the odd big fish to 85cm being caught. Over the past month some good fishing has been had in the rivers above Gypsy Point, one group had a ball catching plenty of good size bream along with some quality flathead. The only problem is they seem to be here one day and gone the next.

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