This month has been brilliant in lakes entrance. Although the water is quite cold (averaging around 8-10) the fishing has been awesome, especially along the Cunningham Arm.
The myriad species being taken will leave you wondering what will come along next. Everything from the usual trevally, tailor, salmon and bream, to others such as red mullet, butterfly gurnard, rock cod, blue throat wrasse, and even a butterfish have been taken.
The best baits have been shrimp and frozen prawn fished along the pylons on a slack line. Small soft plastics have also accounted for some solid bream.
As for the luderick, they have been a little slow but the odd fish has been taken up to about 35cm, which is the best eating size in my opinion. Either fishing with green weed or shrimp under a float is the best method. Hopefully it wont be long before the bigger luderick show up along the rocks. This is where the fun begins!
In the last month I’ve had at least 3 confirmed reports of whiting taken. The first was taken on a 3" DOA Shrimp whilst targeting flathead above Kalimna Jetty and measured 53cm.
The other reports came from the barrier area, which included a full limit of 20 and another of 12. Both the bags were taken on shrimp and mussel along the weed-beds and from what the anglers told me the fish were all thumpers.
The North Arm area has been very quiet lately, but up towards the winery there have been good numbers of big garfish, which are great fun on ultra light gear and best targeted using a size 12 long shank and small pieces of sandworm, which is easily pumped along the front lake shoreline. Make sure you use a fine bread and tuna oil berley to attract the gars to the boat.
Lake Tyers is showing signs of improving. The upper reaches have seen some thumping luderick taking unweighted sandworm in the snags near Nowa Nowa, along with numbers of small bream. Some small flathead have also been taken in this area. However, the Torloo Arm seems to be the pick of areas as the big old flathead have moved up to spawn, and the area is loaded with small male flatties. My advice would be use bigger lures, such as 4" DOA shrimp, or 5" flick baits on ultra light jig heads (Squidgy resin heads are perfect for this) and fish them as slowly as possible.
Please remember though that these big flatties are too valuable to catch just once and are there to breed.
The bream scene has started to fire, with several good reports coming from anglers fishing with hard bodies and metal blades. Paul Conn and his Son Justin have been making the most of their new bream weapon, in the form of a 17’ Triton bass boat. The boys have been out every spare chance and pulling some very impressive bags. Small hardbodies have been their go-to lure, especially the clear colours.
We are STILL getting prawns in Lake Tyers! Right through July we were still getting 2-3kg a night without too many problems(except the cold water) and there have been some big flounder kicking around too, along with thousands of big swimmer crabs. The prawns have been rippers, which makes the cold water very tolerable. Maybe they will run until the warmer months?
The salmon have been moving fairly quickly along the beach, so walking with a spin rod is the best method. Bait fishing will account for plenty of fish, but spinning will be the best option. There have been a few good tailor taken too, also on metal lures, such as Lazers and Maniacs.
Those keen enough to be chasing gummies off the beach have been rewarded with the occasional shark, but lots of skate are being a nuisance. Squid has been the best bait.
Offshore has been much the same, with gummies taken along the 40m line; mainly on squid and fresh fish fillets. There have been a few big gummies, with the average around 3-4’ long. Some nice tiger and sand flathead are being taken drifting with squid and pillies on a snapper snatcher rig.
The snapper have started to show up in numbers and there have been some quality fish caught, judging by the number of snapper frames at the boat ramp. Try the 4 and 6 mile reef for the best results.Reads: 1300