It feels like at least half of Melbourne is away somewhere along the east gippsland or NSW south coast over the Christmas break, and rightly so - with this part of the country some of the best we've got (opinions may vary...). While the increase of angling pressure over this time does shut some of the fishing down there are still plenty of options for everyone, and generally always some fish to catch somewhere, no matter your skill level. Speaking of skill level, staff member Don is away along the south coast of NSW currently but as we expect, still getting a fish in. While not entirely a fishing holiday, Don has managed some time out to walk the local estuaries casting lures. Don has found bream, flathead, tailor, trevally and flounder taking a liking to his small hardbodies and plastics. Don said that he has been targeting the quieter sections of the estuaries away from boat and foot traffic and working slowly through an area, making sure the water is covered effectively.


Customer Jinsu has also been fishing along the east gippsland coastline in search of some decent flathead. Jinsu has well and truly got decent flathead covered with some smaller 35-50cm fish making it to the frypan, and this mega 90cm fish making its way back to the depths. Jinsu has found that 'squidgy' wriggler and paddle prawns along with 'bungee baits' paddletails doing all of the damage when slowly whipped along the estuary drop offs.

 

 

 

While a lot of fisherman zoom straight out to the deepest water they can find, there is also some quality fishing to be found in the shallower sections of the bay. Customer Angelo and mates went for a walk throughout some of the shallow water across near Geelong last week where they came up with some lovely flounder, sole and flathead. Garfish and salmon were also seen in the area. Angelo said that water up to chest deep was productive. 

If you're going to give this style of fishing a shot, invest in a good quality LED light. The Perfect Image CREE LED Prawn lights are one of the better lights out there, as they emit a bright light for floundering and prawning while drawing very little power, and these lights take AA batteries straight into the handle - no more dragging batteries around in the water. 

In the shallows over around Frankston there have been a few gars showing up. The gars aren't super thick in numbers but they have been decent size. Customer Ronnie reported catching a good bag of them from the pier during the week, with silverfish being the better bait. There have also been plenty of salmon around the area, and usually if the gars are on then the salmon won't be around. Working between Oliver's Hill and Mordialloc will usually see you find the salmon somewhere in between. Bluebait and salted whitebait fished deep under a float has been effective, and for the lure casters River2Sea sea rocks in 14 - 40g have been the best. Most colours are working but whites and blues are hard to beat, just remember to retrofit them with in-line single hooks.