Lakes Entrance this month has been a mix of hot and cold, as the fish have schooled and are becoming fussy.
In the front lake along the jetties there have been good reports of trevally and tailor taken on pilchard fillets and prawn pieces. The scallop wharf has again been the pick of spots, and although there are plagues of small fish there are plenty of bigger specimens amongst them.
Just keep in mind that if a boat comes in to unload their catch to give them the right of way, as it would be very frustrating for the trawlers if they aren’t able to dock their boat due to crowds.
Early mornings and late afternoons have been the most productive time. Although this time of year the luderick are normally in good numbers they have been scarce this year and finding them has been very tough. I recently stumbled onto a school whilst chasing my beloved bream and after finding some green weed I had a ball catching (and mostly releasing) a dozen big luderick to about 3lb.
Since that session I haven’t located them but I’m sure they are under the front lake jetties. Green weed or shrimp under a float is the best bet for these dirty fighters.
While most of the bream have moved up into the rivers we have been having an absolute ball catching some thumping yellowfin bream around the jetties on small soft plastic grubs and stick bait style lures. There are also a few good flatties lying under the trawlers feeding on scraps being thrown overboard.
Closer to the entrance there have been good numbers of small salmon which again are great fun for the younger anglers. Simply casting and retrieving small metal slugs or soft plastics will account for plenty of fish. The run in tide is always the best, as the fish come in with the clean ocean water searching for baitfish.
The north arm has been alarmingly quiet. We recently cruised right up the arm and we could see the bottom the whole way up and never saw a fish! The water was a chilly 9 degrees, more than 2 degrees colder than the front lake, which makes me think they have moved up the lake in search of warmer water. Hopefully the next few months this will improve and those massive black bream relocate themselves on the snags and bommies in the arm.
Lake Tyers is slowly improving as the flatties have moved up towards Camerons Arm and Devils Hole. Fish for them slowly with soft plastics on a 1/16th or 1/8th jighead and be patient. There are still huge numbers of garfish in the system and make great bait and even better on the tooth!
What has really surprised me is the prawns are still running in Lake Tyers. The nights have been absolutely freezing and I can only last about an hour in the water but the prawns are still thick and of exceptional size, with about 20 prawns to the kilo on an average night, with many thumpers over 6 inches long. The Glasshouse has been the gun spot, but just in front of the tavern(pub) has also been productive.
Just be aware though of the many thousands of small cobbler. For those who are unsure, cobbler are a small fish covered in spines and very painful if spiked by them (I know from experience). They are small brown fish up to about 10cm long and often get tangled in the nets, so please be wary of them. If stung, put your hand/foot(wherever stung) in as hot water(as hot as you can handle) for about an hour as this will draw the poison out.
Offshore has been very good when conditions allow as the snapper are in full swing. Most are pinkies but there are plenty of better ones out there too. There are still a few gummies and seven-gill sharks around too for the persistent.
Squid have also been in good numbers so keep a jig handy. If your after a feed of flatties and the tides aren’t running too hard then drifting in about 50ft of water should see some good fillets for the table.
On the surf there are massive schools of salmon and tailor cruising in the breakers and are easily caught using a metal slice cast and retrieved. Bait anglers have done really well using whole pillies and blue bait on paternoster rigs. Remember salmon and tailor don’t freeze very well so take only what you need. It has been great to see heaps of people chasing these fun fish and it is a whole family affair.
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