The warm currents that are pushing along the coast have bought with them many exciting angling options.
The amount of baitfish in the system at the moment is incredible and its not surprising that the predators have followed. Around lakes Entrance the jetties have been fishing really well for big silver trevally, tailor, salmon and a few nice luderick, but the real highlight has been what has been chasing these bigger fish.
I recently asked one local angler why he was running 20lb mono to chase salmon and no sooner had the words left my mouth when a yellowtail kingfish appeared behind the hooked fish and scoffed it down, and breaking the angler off around the poles!
The kings seem to be in good numbers, especially near Metung around the deepwater structure.
They have been sighted daily and to my knowledge none have been landed yet, but live-baiting could be the way to go. Big lures like poppers and shad style plastics will also work. They have been pushing a metre in length so they are awesome fish.
The luderick have finally started their run along the walls and are being caught in good numbers on green weed, fished the traditional way under a float. Some I have seen have been around 3lb and at this size are a real handful around the rocks on light gear.
The whiting seem to have showed up again and are between 35-45cm, with the occasional ripper mixed in. This time of year pipi and peeled prawn seem to be the key baits, but I wouldn’t go without some fresh mussel, as the whiting love it. Fish the two hours either side of the tides for the best results. Kalimna has been a little slow but towards Nungurner the fishing seems to be more productive.
Flathead have gone a little quiet but they are still being caught along the front lake on soft plastics and live baits. Look for the sandy patches between the weed and any drop offs should hold a few fish.
Lake Tyers has been fishing really well for bream and flathead. The bream have been spread right through the system and are being targeted by throwing hardbodies along the flats and in the snags. Some nice fish to 38cm have been taken, and there are plenty of flathead amongst them if your after a feed. For those bait fishing, peeled prawn is the top bait, but if you’re fishing the snags try slack lining with sandworm.
Some thumping big luderick call these snags home and are great fun to try to land. There are good numbers of garfish and mullet around the Glasshouse and will respond to sandworm fished under a float, with a bread crumb berley trail.
Offshore has been firing. As mentioned earlier, the warm water has bought lots of bait like slimy mackerel, yakkas and pilchards. Following these have been massive schools of striped tuna and, on light spin gear, these are a real handful. The water temperature has been around 25C, so who knows what else is following the bait.
Makos have been a little scarce lately but the gummies have been the real highlight, with some measuring up to 5ft long. Squid legs or fresh striped tuna strips are dynamite. The snapper have quietened off but there are still a few around for the persistent angler.
The beaches are fishing well for gummies of an evening and there are more than enough salmon around for those who fish daylight hours. Always remember to have a blue popper rigged up as the salmon just love them. Squid legs, pilchards and striped tuna cubes are the dominating baits.Reads: 1986