Recently the fishing at lakes has been absolutely firing on all cylinders.
The estuaries have been alive with fish and the offshore scene has been getting better and better by the day.
The whiting have been out in full force and the bigger fish are starting to appear, with bag limits being achieved in less than an hour on some days.
Sizes have ranged from just undersize right up to 45cm crackers and are mainly feeding on shrimp, mussel and pipi.
Peeled prawn and sandworm are also successful baits. For the keen angler try fishing small 2” grubs or Gulp Sandworm on ultra-light line and jig head for some serious fun.
Anywhere from Kalimna right up to Metung have been productive, as long as you fish close to weed beds.
The flathead have been prolific around Kalimna Jetty right along the shoreline towards Nungurner, with some absolute thumpers caught and released.
Large soft plastic shads like 100mm Squidgy Fish in natural colours and prawn style lures such as the DOA shrimp in clear colours have been the biggest producers, but live baits like mullet and prawns are also getting their share of fish.
Along the edges some cracker yellowfin bream have been feeding on the flats and can be caught on live prawn or small hardbodies.
We've been doing really well throwing the new Atomic Hards 50mm shads in natural colours, with bream up to 40cm.
The front lake has been fishing well with some nice trevally around the Scallop Wharf on pilchard fillets, especially when the boats are unloading their catch.
Some ripper flatties are also along the sand flats near the floating restaurant and are best targeted with soft plastics.
Lake Tyers has been its usual hot and cold fishing, with some days it can be a fish a cast where mean grinding away for a few fish. The flathead have been along the sand points and rocky edges, and are been taken on lures and baits of pilchard and prawn.
The sand flats have also had good numbers of bream, but most of the bream have been taken from the snags towards Nowa Nowa on hardbodies and weedless rigged plastics like Ecogear Grass Minnows and Gulp Sandworms.
Plenty of small fish have been hitting the lures, but the bigger ones have been deeper in the snags, with some rippers to 40cm mixed amongst the 30-33cm fish. Lots of small tailor are still in the system and are good fun for the kids but be careful of the teeth!
Offshore has been brilliant. The reefs have been producing some thumper snapper up to 17lb, along with big numbers of gummies and the occasional seven-gill shark. Some anglers have been targeting mako sharks out wide and are having mixed results.
In close the flatties have been in good numbers along with plenty of spiny gurnard. These are great eating if treated correctly and watch those spines!
The annual prawn run started with a bang but then went quiet, but is due to fire again. Already some massive prawns have been dipped and this should get better and better as we head into February. Plenty of good flounder and garfish are also about so there’s a good chance of taking home a mixed bag.Reads: 831