Red Hot on the east coast
  |  First Published: November 2009

Georges Bay has been red hot; the spring rains have given it a flush it hasn’t seen in years, which will improve the fishing for the coming summer.

There have been large amounts of small baitfish moving throughout the bay; some of the local jetty anglers have reported the baitfish schools are as thick as they have ever seen them.

The various jetties around the bay have been fishing well with many good sized trevally, salmon and even tailor being caught using either soft plastic lures, whitebait or freshly caught baitfish.

Further out in the bay, boat anglers have been consistently catching good Australian salmon up to 4lb, large silver trevally to 3-4lb and some good tailor to around 2lb.

Most of these fish have been caught using soft plastic lures with the Squidgy Flick Bait in Evil Minnow colour and the Slam 3” Minnow in a variety of colours proving to be the successful patterns.

Large schools of salmon have been seen moving around Moulting Bay and it’s a case of covering a little bit of water until the schools are located then casting the lures into the fish. Lower down in the water column there have also been schools of big trevally also in Moulting Bay.

The next month should start to see schools of bream moving back into the bay after their spawning activity up the rivers, to feed heavily on the rich mud and sand flats around the bay.

It’s this time of year we hang out for, where we target big bream on the flats with hardbodied lures and soft plastics.

Coastal and Offshore

Last month saw the reopening of the striped trumpeter season and the fishing has started off strongly.

With the fish having a couple of months rest from angling pressure, many anglers are reporting the best trumpeter fishing they have seen in years.

Areas such as the Binalong Patch, the 14 Mile patch off Eddystone Point and areas down off Bicheno and Seymour have proven to be fertile grounds with many anglers catching bag limits.

There has even been a handful of fish caught closer to home on Merricks Reef, whilst not huge in numbers it is exciting to think that the fishing could return to better days on the inshore reefs closer to the coast.

With the weather starting to stabilise a little better there has been much more action offshore lately with boat anglers reporting good hauls of king flathead all up and down the coast.

The fish are consistently holding in 60-70m of water and appear to be quite large in size. Heading straight off shore from Elephant Rock in 70m of water will see you on some excellent flathead grounds with Silstar Jig Em Rigs and 3” Candy Squids in Pink and Triple Glow proving to be the most successful rigs.

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