Bream get braver
  |  First Published: February 2010

As expected, the fishing has only improved since last month. With fewer boats on the water it seems as though the black bream around the edges are not as timid as they have been.

This is evident in the way they are hitting shallow-running suspending hardbodies like Rapala Husky Jerks.

The bream are not just around the edges, there have been plenty of quality fish caught on soft plastics and blades out in the deeper water.

When fishing the deeper water, anything can show up with salmon, tailor, snapper, luderick, tarwhine, flathead, jewfish and yellowfin on the cards.

Flathead have been caught all around the Top and Bottom lakes but finding fish can take time and there is no guarantee they will be in the same spot the next day.

The size of the fish you can catch is also a bit of luck, as Michael found out after catching one flathead at 40cm, then on the next cast he caught one just under 1m.

The tarwhine in the lake are a good size with fish just over 30cm common.

Many anglers are having a ball catching the salmon in the lake. When you think of salmon you think of a fish that will strike at anything that moves but the funny thing is, I have seen these fish get harder and harder to catch the longer they are in the lake.

There also are good-sized tailor in the lake and encounters with them often end in lost lures because of their sharp teeth.

Those fishing for jewfish at night have had plenty of action. Live tailor and fresh tailor fillets have been good choices for bait.

Over the past month clients fishing with me can tell you how true the saying is, ‘You never know what you might catch as long as you have a line in the water’. On a number of occasions a jewie has jumped on the lure in the middle of the day.

Plenty of smaller bream have been caught above Gypsy Point, along with a few flathead. What we really need now is some decent rain to ensure good fishing in the lake over the Winter.

The beaches have been fishing well for salmon with consistent action coming around the top of the tide on lures and bait.

Those fishing into the night have also caught the odd gummy shark.

Boats heading offshore have done well on the sand flathead. Early starts have been the go as the wind has been making things uncomfortable by midday.

A few kingfish have been caught but things will get better over the coming months.

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