The Gippsland lakes are still fishing well for estuary species such as bream, mullet and flathead. The lakes around Paynesville and Metung has been good along with the Nicholson, Tambo and Mitchell rivers. Bream are being caught on baits such as chicken gut, prawn and glassies, while the flatties are loving glassies at the moment. Customer Colin fished from the banks of the Tambo river just recently with his kids where they caught a heaps of nice bream. Using bait of prawn the guys got into a heap of fish and had a heap of fun.  Customer Thao also fished the lakes near Metung recently to get a few schooled up bream, and some nice table sized flatties from the area also. Plastics and vibes were the best types of lures for him.


The Gippsland Lakes have been fishing well for bream if you are prepared to put in the time and effort. Most of the fish are spread out and a bit flighty, but if you target these fish early during the day and fish light on them, then some quality fish are bound to come your way. The flathead have been good in the lakes system as well, with the average fish around 45cm mark. Soft plastics and baits of prawn and bluebait have been doing the trick.

Customer Brendan has been catching some quality bream in the Tambo River around Swan Reach. Brendan has been fishing from the shore using lures to fool the bream. Brendan has found the DOA shrimp imitation soft plastics to be one the more consistent lures at the moment. 

For any anglers chasing species like bream, whiting and flathead - or even reddies and yellowbelly in the fresh we are now stocking fresh frozen shrimp. These shrimp are sourced locally and are the perfect bait for finicky fish. Thaw them out for 10 minutes and they are good to go!

Customer Ian has also been fishing around the Gippsland Lakes area. Ian fished Lake Tyers earlier in the week where he targeted bream and flatties. Ian also had a crack at some of the prawns and found some nice school sized ones during the night. Ian found the fishing to be best during the early mornings. Ian caught some nice bream to 38cm and flatties to 54cm on fresh prawn.


The bream fishing in the Gippsland lakes has been good at the moment, with some good fishing in the rivers and also around Metung. Fresh baits of whitebait, crab and prawn have been the best for the bream.  Customer Brendan recently fished from the jetties around Metung where he has been catching quality bream. He last session saw him catch a bag of lovely Luderick using fresh local cabbage weed.

Lake Tyers is fishing somewhat patchy at the moment – there is plenty of good fishing to be had but some decent time needs to be spent in finding the fish. Staff member Dylan caught some ripper Tailor, Bream and flathead while fishing the lake last week. Larger profiled lures did the damage, as the lake is closed to the ocean and there are big schools of baitfish trapped in the lake.

Customer Dean and his son Jaiden fished the lake last week, where they landed some nice bream and flatties using frozen prawn.


Lee and mates spent a weekend down at Shallow Inlet for a break and had a fish while there.  They tried various techniques for different species while down there, and found that there were plenty of Salmon, Whiting and Pinkies to be caught.  The larger Salmon were caught casting and trolling small Sea Rocks in the main entrance channel; while the Whiting were caught using Pipi on ‘Whiting Whacker’ rigs along the shallower channel edges up around Yanakie.

Gary regularly fishes Shallow Inlet over summer and gave us a good report that there are plenty of nice sized Gummies to catch at present.  Fishing at night around the entrance channel and off the sand spit has seen him land Gummies up to 9kg, all on fresh Salmon fillets.

Customers Chris and John fished around Port Albert for Flathead over the weekend.  They caught plenty of nice sized Sand Flathead around the channel edges and gutters, with John catching the best fish of the day, a Yank Flathead of 72cm, caught on a Squidgy Flickbait.

Mitch reports Lake Tyers is still fishing well for Bream and Flathead.  Most of the Bream are getting caught fishing vibes in the deeper water during the day and closer along the edges in low light periods.  Ecogear ZX blades have been the standout lure for Mitch, who has caught Bream to 45cm and some large Flathead on the same lure.  Customer Andy caught 4 nice Bream on Prawn in a recent session, with the largest being 39cm.

Jake and Tony have been spending their weekends down along the coast East of Lakes Entrance, mainly fishing the estuaries of Marlo and Bemm River.  The boys report that the fishing is good at the minute, with plenty of nice Bream to be caught fishing small Hardbodied lures and Soft Plastics.  There are also some lovely Flathead and Luderick taking the same lures as well.

Tailor and Salmon to 4kg are getting caught along the beaches along from Bemm River and Marlo currently, with Pearl Point and Point Ricardo being the pick of the beaches.  Salted Pilchards have been the best bait along with Squid strips.  Customer Hans caught 15 fish from Pearl Point during a good early morning session there on Tuesday.  

Many anglers fishing offshore around Eden have reported excellent numbers of Striped Marlin.  The fish have been widespread around Eden further north to the more popular grounds off Tathra and Bermagui, with more anglers trying closer around Eden.  Nick and Jason are 2 customers who have both caught Marlin out from Eden, with the average size 75-100kg.  Both fish were taken on Slimey Mackerel skipbaits.  Jason reports that some decent size baitballs were holding up to 4 fish.  

On the Marlin front, Compleat Angler Ringwood owner, Ian (Lofty) Loft did a recon trip out wide from Far Eastern Gippsland with Brendan Wing and a few others, to try and document a victorian Marlin capture.  The boys were lucky enough to hook up to 2 fish, but unfortunately both fish made their way off the hook.  Just an inspiring bit of advice for people to 'think outside the square' when it comes to fishing.



Jacob has been staying down at Inverloch and fishing Andersons Inlet over last week, and reports plenty of school sized whiting taking pipi and squid from the entrance right up to Mahers Landing.  Most of the fish are around 35cm, which is about average for this system.  Silver Trevally and Salmon to 500g are taking the same baits further around the entrance and Pensioners Point.  After dark, gummies up to 7kg are being caught on fresh baits as they scour for food throughout the inlet.


Port Welshpool has been fishing well in the Franklin Channel for snapper and Whiting with a few rat Kingies around the jetties.  Customer Chris reports that some days they are slamming every lure to hit the water, and others only one or two types of lure will get a hit.

Lake Tyers:

Customer Mitch fished around the Entrance Channel, taking Tailor up to 70cm, bream up to 45cm and loads of flathead up to 50cm.  Most of the Bream where taken on hardbodies along the flats.  Berkley ripple shads caused quite a commotion amongst the local Flathead, with the average size about 40cm.

Amongst other reports received from Lake Tyers, good customer Daniel landed flathead to 74cm and bream to 39cm, mainly soft plastic flickbaits, worked hard against the edges.

Surf Beaches:

Kilcunda and Venus Bay appear to be the most consistent and successful surf beaches over the past week.  Customer Ted landed 2 Salmon both around the 1.5kg mark on bluebait on an afternoon high tide. 

Anton also fished around the Bass beaches last week, with 7 Salmon up to 2.5kg coming from Kilcunda.  Bluebait and pipi has been the best bait for him, with high water around low light times again being more productive in the close gutters.