The estuaries around Lakes Entrance have been fishing well for bream and flathead, along with King George whiting. Lake Tyers has been fishing well for bream and flathead, with the flathead really providing anglers with some action. Anglers fishing larger plastics and swimbaits are connecting with sold fish from up in the shallows out along any drop offs and ambush points.

Customer Dan fished with Jarrod from the Compleat Angler head office after some nice flathead on larger lures. The standout lures were Biwa swimbaits and large Yakamito plastics fished slowly along the likely territory, with flathead in the 70cm mark landed. 


Staff member Dylan fished the lake also in search of some larger model flatties, but lucked out with plenty of fish from 50 - 65cm landed but no monsters. Swimbaits in the 170mm size range were the best lure choices, especially when rigged with chin weights to run deeper along the ledges and gutters. 


Around Lakes Entrance and Metung there has still been prawn activity. Staff member Dylan collected around half a kilo under a full moon recently, covering no more than a 15m stretch of bank. Over the next new moon the prawns should be even more active and worth targeting. Amongst the prawn activity there has been a load of whiting caught. The region from Kalimna through to Tambo bluff has been the main area of interest, with plenty of school sized fish caught on mussel, prawn and pipi. 


The rivers of the Gippsland lakes have been fishing well for bream recently. With fish spread out widely through the rivers, the lower sections seem to be producing better numbers compared to higher reaches. Customer Paul fished the Nicholson river over the weekend and found smaller school bream aplenty along the edges of the river below the boat ramp. Paul found the best success on amber coloured grubs fished on light jigheads. 


Staff member Dylan also fished the Nicholson river last week for a few hours on the way home from Lakes Entrance. With strong 25 knot winds ripping through the river the upstream reaches provided more cover. Bream to 1kg were caught on a mixture of 80mm UV coloured plastics, and deep diving crankbaits. Most of the fish were found sitting out from the edge along the back of the first drop off, in small schools. 

 


Lake Tyers has been fishing very well for anglers out chasing multiple species from the boat, kayak or bank. While the lake is still closed and high and in need of a decent flush out there have still been plenty of fish caught. The bream fishing from about half way down the main arms into the main basin has been good along the flooded edges and covered rocky bars, on both bait and lures.  Some nice bream can be caught early morning around these very margins on unweighted yabbies or prawn, or small suspending lures. 


The flathead fishing in the lake has been good also with some large fish caught. Again the bottom half of the lake has produced most of the fish, as the higher reaches have a decent amount of fresh water around the upper section of the water column. Customer Paul fished the lake recently and found some nice flathead to an estimated 74cm. Fishing the flooded margins and shallows saw Paul snag fish on 4 inch weedless-rigged soft plastics. 


Customer Bob also landed some nice dusky flathead recently fishing from the shoreline. Bob caught fish well into the 50cm size bracket on pilchard and bluebait on a running rig. Fishing the baits along the second drop off saw all the action. 


The tailor have also been floating about the lake and they have generally been large. Fish to 80cm have been marauding the bait schools and even chopping hooked bream and flathead up. Bob landed a few tailor to 1.5kg from the shoreline of Fisherman's arm on bluebait on his most recent trip. 


A simple walk across the sand dune at the mouth of the lake has seen plenty of salmon about also. While the lake isn't open to the sea, small amounts of water seep through the dune to the beaches edge and provide nutrient to smaller schools of baitfish which in turn attract the salmon. Fishing the deep shoreline gutters straight out from the shore break with a paternoster rig has been a good way to land salmon to around 1kg for customer Dan. TPE style soft plastics attached to a surf popper of the bottom dropper have been an excellent 'crab proof' offering that the salmon will take after being lured in by the scent of the bait also. 

 


While many anglers are back from a long weekend getaway, those who regularly get out and target both bream and flathead in the eastern gippsland estuaries will be pleased to know that they are fishing exceptionally well at present. With intermittent rain falling into all of the catchments the systems are receiving much appreciated top ups of fresh water which bring food with it. The estuaries of Lake Tyers, Bemm River and Tamboon Inlet have been producing fish for mobile anglers, and especially those who are trialing a mixture of lure types. 


Customers Nick and Tony have been fishing both Bemm River and Tamboon and have had some good sessions over the past few weeks on bream and flathead. The bream have been active around a lot of the shallow weedbeds in both systems and have responded best to shallow running jerkbaits and slim prawn profiled soft plastics, especially when slowly 'popped' above the weed. For targeting the larger flathead a larger lure approach has been much more effective. Soft plastics and swimbaits in the 5 - 7 inch size range have been the best bet in triggering a solid strike from a larger fish while fishing around the same weed beds and drop offs.


Around Lake Tyers and Bemm River some of the large flathead have really been making the their presence felt when targeting them with the correct lures and methods. Customer Nathan and mates have landed some ripper fish to a round 90cm during recent trips, with the big bait big fish theory working pretty well. The medium to large lures that the guys have been using have excellent drawing power to the larger flathead and generally a better hook up due to larger trebles finding their mark. 


Customer Jordan has also been fishing the same waterways mainly chasing the bream on lures. Jordan has been finding good numbers of fish holding in flooded backwaters and ti-tree swamps and they have been best targeted with surface lures. Jordan has been finding that the average fish have been around the high 30cm mark with a handful over 40cm in the last couple of trips. While places like Lake Tyers are closed and high these techniques are perfect. 

 


The rivers running into Port Phillip have been producing good winter bream and some large mullet. If you're planning on fishing your local river, the Werribee, Yarra and Patterson rivers have all been good. The odd mulloway has been caught especially in the Yarra and Patto. On the bream front, the Patto has been producing fish over a kilo along with mullet similar size.

Young gun Mike caught this nice fish and others fishing in his backyard on the Patto. Mike has been using yabbies to land the better size fish, with some bigger fish busting him off on light line around the pylons. Live freshwater yabbies or frozen shrimp have been the best baits.


Lure fishing the Patto has been effective for quality bream also if you're putting in the time. Customer Jordan has been fishing small shrimp imitation plastics and sinking hardbodies with slow 'flicks' of the rod tip, making them move as natural as possible. Using these styles of lures coated in gel scent he has been landing some nice fish up around the 40cm mark, fishing to small ledges and mud bank drop offs in the main river. 


While you've got a bait in the water you've got a shot! Customer Aujin was fishing the river near the first floodgate in search of bream when he landed a nice pinkie snapper of 57cm. Fishing small baits of prawn he got the shock of his life when his 'bream' appeared red in colour. While these fish aren't generally expected in the river, after a big clean spell of clear salty water they push into the rivers and coves in search of food. The rockwall section of the river produces smaller fish during these times, and further up the road the Yarra river is a real chance of fish like this or even larger at present.

Winter 'snapper' up to 4kg or so venture up the Yarra from Hobsons Bay and can be caught almost up to Church Street when the river is salty. Fishing from around the Bolte down to the warmies gives you a real shot at a quality fish, and even mulloway - especially when using fresh bait.  

 


The bread and butter fishing around the bay has kept anglers busy with gars, pinkies, bream and whiting all on offer depending on which area you're fishing. Last week customer Nick sent us a report from himself and his young daughter and this week they're out again. Nick and Chantelle had a fish from the pontoons in Mordialloc creek and Chantelle is making catching fish part of her new weekend routine! Chantelle was chuffed to land a few small pinkies from the pontoon, all of which went back to fight another day.


On the bread and butter front, there have been plenty of garfish around the local piers and breakwalls and they are excellent to take the kids out to try their luck on. The fish haven't been restricted to any certain areas and have been caught all over the bay. Some of the better starting points have been Mornington, Seaford, Mordialloc, Beaumaris and Brighton. If you're in the boat many of the shallow sandy coves and bays have been holding good numbers as well.

Customer Pat caught a nice feed of gars in the shallows during the week, with a light berley trail of fine grit powder mixed in with tuna oil getting the fish in close to the boat. Small pieces of banana prawn and squid caught him his bag of fish. Staff member Don has also been catching some gars from the local piers, with Seaford and Frankston being the more productive. Don has been fishing small pieces of banana prawn in his berley trail and on most occasions has managed a goo bag of fish. Adjusting float and bait depth and buoyancy has also been a critical factor.

 

All of the local creeks running into the bay have been fishing well for bream since the rainfall. Heavy rain like we've had recently really moves some food around for these fish and they tend to feed aggressively. Just make sure you are fishing baits with plenty of movement or scent as the discoloured water makes it harder for the fish to locate your offering.

Customer Tony has been smashing the bream down in the Patto recently - with some really nice fish coming out. tony has fished the river the past few weeks and has landed plenty of solid bream into the mid 40cm size range, with live freshwater yabbies the best bait. The sound the yabbies make underwater is a dinner bell for the bream, but the key is keeping them alive. Pinning them on the correct hook will keep them kicking until a bream hammers them - the wrong hook will kill them instantly and render them almost useless!


Customer Nick has been taking his young daughter Chantelle out fishing with him and just this week she landed her first fish. Chantelle caught a lovely 28cm bream using bread and was over the moon when she landed it. Even better she released the bream back into the creek to fight again another day.

 


There have been some solid flathead caught during the warm weather we've had, along with some nice black bream. This report features three different flathead species in it! Customer Jason was fishing down at Port Welshpool last week and he caught some nice yank flathead with a couple of rippers around 70cm in the mix. Most of the solid flathead were caught along a 6m channel drop inside the estuary. They took baits intended for whiting but were then caught on strip baits.


Customer Simon was fishing out in Port Phillip recently where he landed a few nice sand flathead up to 56cm. Simon was fishing deep of Mornington and casting soft plastics. The larger soft plastics around 5'' got the attention of the larger flathead, and sized out the common small fish. Meanwhile Trevor from Compleat Angler's head office has been catching some super solid flatties down in gippsland. Trevor has caught fish to 85cm recently at Lake Tyers using the large Yakamito SXY shads. These plastics are a perfect representation of a finger mullet that these big prey on.


On the bream front, there have been some nice fish in the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers. Customer Ryan fished with mate Nick in the Maribyrnong last week and landed some nice bream to just under a kilo. Small baitfish imitation soft plastics in the 3'' size range were effective when slowly rolled out from the banks on light jigheads. Any overhanging vegetation and shaded rockpiles have been holding the fish in the warm weather. Small hardbodies are also worth fishing amongst this ground also.


Customer Jinsu has been having a ball on some solid bream while on a roadtrip in Tassie. Jinsu has been fishing in his kayak and touring around the state. He has found bream to 45cm happy to eat a few different lure styles and in different systems. He has been enjoying some surface fishing with poppers and stickbaits claiming nice fish early in the mornings.


Many of the bream Jinsu has been catching during the middle of the day have aggressively hit crab style lures twitched out from the edges, with both soft and hard options getting eaten. The edges have been fishing well with surface and hardbodies, while the overhead sun and calm water has called for deeper presentations like crabs and plastics. Just remember to fish a visible main line to pick up on any ticks and subtle bites in the deep water.

 


East Gippsland has been ravaged badly from recent fire activity in the region and still under some threat, but well worth a trip back to to region once it recovers. Just prior to the bushfires the lakes region was fishing excellent for many species. The region needs help from tourism over the warmer months to survive and the fishing is well worth the drive. If you're chasing big flathead Lake Tyers and to a lesser extent the Gippsland Lakes have been producing. The 'swimbait' craze is slowly starting to filter into the estuaries and is very much a technique worth using.


Megabass Australia Representative Nick and staff member Dylan have both fished Tyers over the pre fire warm up, and have found good success. Flathead to 86cm have been landed on both 's' style baits and glidebaits, along with larger soft swimbaits up to 20cm long The larger profile of these lures really trigger the predatory instinct of the larger fish and generate explosive strikes. When the area is all clear this style of fishing is well worth the effort for the weekend.


The bream fishing in the lake and also in the 'big 3' rivers of the lakes has also been good - both on bait and lures. Fishing baits of prawn, shrimp and crab has been the best way to land a few better fish, while sandworm has been accounting for a few more smaller fish. The Mitchell river around the 'cut' has been a good area to target larger fish as they move in and out of the river. Customer Ryan has been catching some nice fish by going simple in his lure choice, a small single tailed soft plastic grub in the 2inch size. Small shrimp and prawn colours having been catching him bream to around 38cm in all 3 rivers recently.


The other species on offer for a return trip to Lakes Entrance are King George whiting and Eastern King prawns. During the months of February and March both of these species are very good options if you're boat or landbased in and around the lakes. The whiting have been red hot from Metung through to lakes itself, with mussel, pipi and whiting worm all very effective on number of school fish. Many fish have been caught throughout the channels and have ranged in size from 30 - 43cm. On the prawn front things should only get better over the next few moon cycles, but there have still been enough around for a feed. Customer Thao had a dip around Metung while down around New Years and managed a dozen or so in an hour before hitting the hay.

 


The Gippsland estuaries have been fishing well at the moment but not on fire. The lack of consistent warm weather has meant the flathead fishing has been a bit up and down, with the big fish starting to fire up then going back into hibernation once a big cold font hits again. The bream have been a bit more active with the slightly cooler water temperature suiting them just fine. The rivers running into the Gippsland lakes have been producing some nice fish, with the upper Mitchell and Nicholson the pick of the two. Customer Pat fished the Mitchell during the week and landed a few nice bream on both sandworm and prawn. These are both good bait choices for this time of year, however make sure your hook patterns suit these baits or you won't convert many bites.


Customer Ryan has also been catching some nice bream and trevally in Lake Tyers. Ryan has been fishing with a couple of mates from a small tinny in the main basin of the lake and has found the flathead fishing to be a bit slow, but the bream have been happy to eat larger plastics aimed at the flatties. Fishing soft plastics up to 100mm in size can see less bream caught, but they are generally better quality fish. Worm and baitfish profiles have been best for him on both the bream and flathead, and most of the fish have been caught just deep of the drop off from the shoreline in 3 to 4m of water.

 


With the rain we've had around Melbourne the local estuaries and rivers have fired up and the bream have been feeding quite voraciously. Normally timid and subtle feeders, the black bream in the local rivers have fired up a bit as conditions have been prime for them. The mixture of warming water temperatures and an influx of freshwater and food sources, coupled with a post-spawn hunger has made the fishing for them quite good recently.


Customer Tony saw the forecast coming and made sure he had supply of live yabbies and he hit the Patto. Tony managed 10 fish in a short morning session, with fish from around 400g caught right through to some monsters up around 44cm. Tony fishes his live freshwater yabbies on very light line and little sinker, coupled with a fine gauge 'caddis' hook to keep them alive. Fishing them in the middle of the river was where the fish were roaming and once they ate the yabbies the fine gauge hook pinned them through the lip like it was nothing. Keeping these yabbies alive for as long as possible is paramount for tricking the larger fish.