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.

 

 

Just prior to Easter, the South coast of NSW experienced a hot marlin bite from Eden all the way through to just South of Sydney. Customers Anton and Justin fished the Alliance tag and release tournament at Bermagui recently - where the boys tagged some solid striped marlin. Justin caught his first marlin on a lumo Topgun skirt and 15kg. Customer Ben also fished out from Bermagui recently to land a nice striped marlin of around 80kg on a live slimey mackerel.

A bit further away customer Peter was fishing offshore from Yamba in far Northern NSW when he landed this nice cobia of around 8kg. Peter caught the fish on an unweighted pilchard on wire trace intended for mackerel, and fought it for 30min before it gave up. Customer Kevin from the Noble Park Angling Club sent in a picture of a nice Golden trevally he caught when was in Broome last. Kevin caught the 16kg fish on squid on a local charter.

A little closer to home, the Eastern estuaries are fishing well at the moment. Customers Terry and Peter recently fished around Merimbula with baits and lures. Tailor to 4lb were chopping at lures of all sorts in Merimbula lake, along with some nice silver trevally. Peter caught this thumping yellowfin bream in the lake also on a small piece of striped tuna fished around the weedbeds. Customer Andrew was down at Lakes Entrance over the Easter break and he took some time to fish the local lakes and also chase prawns as well. Andrew and a mate had a blast catching prawns, and between them they managed about 8kg of quality prawns, along with some sand crabs.

 

 

The gippsland lakes and estuaries have been a little bit quiet over the Easter break. With lots of traffic on the water and lots of people fishing the fish have gone a bit quiet. Customer Ryan fished with a mate out in Gippsland last week where some nice bream and flathead were caught on soft plastics and hardbodied lures. Some of the better bream were caught working Damiki worm pattern plastics slowly over the bottom.

Staff member Dylan had a bit of a fish around the South coast of NSW last week. While the fishing was extremely slow, Dylan still caught a few fish here and there. Flathead to 60cm took small whitebait patterned soft plastics hopped along the drop offs in the estuaries. On the offshore scene, Dylan found schools of small striped tuna out along wash zones and temperature breaks which responded to soft plastics and small skirts. On light threadline tackle these small tuna realy peel line off. 

 

The gippsland lakes region has had a bit of traffic over the long weekend and has been a bit slower fishing because of this, but it will bounce back between now and Easter. Most anglers have been catching a few bream hear and there, along with the odd flathead, trevally, and tailor. Water conditions are good and clear water means the fish are a bit flighty, but as usual a bit of persistence and change of techniques will normally see a bite happen. 

Staff member Dylan fished around Lakes Entrance over the weekend where a few nice bream were caught, but tougher to come by. Fish to 40cm were caught using shallow running hardbodies and slow sinking lipless baits, including the Cranka crab. Using the sinking lures around the jetties and dropoffs even landbased produced results on some hard fighting bream. 

Customer Con also found some chunky bream in the lakes during the week, with deep running hardbodies doing well. Con said that some of the larger fish were hard to pull away from the bank, with a few to 40cm making it to the boat. 

Customer Lucas had some good bream fishing with his two kids around Lakes Entrance over the weekend, with some lovely bream caught on lure by the youngsters. Fish to around the 40cm mark took hardbodies and prawn plastics around Lakes and also Nungurner. Speaking of prawns, staff member Dylan reports that there are a few to be had around Lakes at the moment. Even though the moon phase wasn't optimal over the weekend, a few kilos worth were easily caught wading the edges. A Perfect Image cree LED prawn light and scoop net were all that was needed; with less weight needing to be dragged around, which resulted in easier and more successful prawning! 

 

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 gippsland lakes have been fishing well for anglers chasing bream recently. Customer Jordan fished from his kayak out in Gippsland to try and tempt a few bream. Using shallow running hardbodied lures like the Ecogear MW62F, Jordan caught some nice bream to 40cm in length.

Staff member Dylan also took his kayak down to Gippsland recently to catch bream to 40cm on shallow running hardbodied lures and surface lures. Most of the active fish were caught in around 2 feet of water .

 

The estuaries out in Gippsland are starting to warm up with fish activity as the weather starts to get better.

Customer Jake fished out at Mallacoota for a dusky flathead catch and release competition recently where he landed fish like this 70cm+ fish. Jake found that slowly working large paddle tailed soft plastics like Nories spoontail shads over the shallows got the attention of some of the better fish.

The bream fishing has still been a bit patchy; with more rain than usual for this time of year affecting the salinity of many of the rivers. Most of the bream have remained schooled up due to this, with the odd fish getting caught along the edges during a spell of warm weather. Hopefully in a few weeks time the fishing should become a little bit more consistent.

 

 

The Gippsland Lakes have been fishing ok for bream and flathead recently, with the fishing not quite red hot, but good if you can put the effort in. Customer Dave caught a cracker dusky flathead of around 70cm earlier this week down near Lakes Entrance on a small prawn imitation soft plastic. Dave was fishing out of his kayak and caught the flattie on his custom Loomis outfit.

Staff member Dylan has been catching a few nice bream here and there over the last few weeks down in Gippsland as well. Slowly worked hardbodied lures have been catching fish, along with small soft plastics. With warmer weather the bream will start to become a bit more active up along the banks of the rivers also.

 

The Gippsland Lakes has been fishing well for anglers targeting bream after the last lot of rain, especially in the lower sections of the rivers. The rain has flushed a bit of food into the rivers for the fish and the increased freshwater has triggered a lot of the fish to school up for spawning. The mouth of the Nicholson River has been a good spot to get amongst a few bream using baits such as scrubworm and prawn.

The areas around Paynesville and Metung have also been fishing well for bream, with plenty of smaller fish taking baits to keep you busy while waiting for the bigger ones to come along. Customer Brendan fished the area during the Twin Rivers bream competition last week and he reports that the bigger fish were around but more cautious towards the bait. He did manage to get a few to come out using unweighted shrimp and prawn amongst the jetties and rockwalls.

 

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.