There have been a few customers out fishing the estuaries of East Gippsland over the last few weeks, with the common theme being bream and tailor. The bream fishing will start to slow down as the weather cools off, but instead of numbers of fish we can expect better average size, whether you're bait fishing or casting lures.

For the tailor numbers Lake Tyers, Bemm River and Tamboon Inlet have been the hot spots with some fish reported upward of 90cm. An average fish at the moment is around 45-50cm with fish to 2kg not uncommon. Most lures are attracting their attention, which is not good if you're casting a $35+ hardbody around for bream. Baits of fresh mullet or bluebait are also doing well.


Customer Brendan fished Bemm river just recently where he scored some solid fish in the lake. Brendan found local sandworm to be the most productive on fish to 40cm.


Customer Louis returned from a quick trip to Marlo where he was lure fishing. Louis was trying out some finesse soft plastics and small vibes while fishing land based in both the Snowy and Brodribb Rivers. While the bream were on the small side, he did find that the luderick were interested in both the vibes and plastics. Fishing both these lures slowly on the bottom with small movements he caught some nice luderick. The most effective soft plastic types were very small straight tail worms designed for catching yakkas in Japan, and these were deadly when fished on small lightweight jigheads right down to size 10.


Back around Lakes Entrance customer Bashir has been catching bream. Bashir has been fishing the Tambo river where the fish had been slow, but excellent size when they came through. He found that live shrimp and peeled prawn were the best baits with both black and yellowfin bream to 40cm taking a liking to them.

 


If you're planning a trip out towards Gippsland for the coming long weekend or maybe Easter you will be pleased to know that all of the estuaries along the coast are still producing some good fishing. The water temperature is hovering around perfect at moment and will remain good until about Easter when we normally get a couple of cold snaps. The bream will still be active in the cooler weather but fish like flathead will slowly start to shut down and reside into Winter mode.

Customer Peter just returned from a successful trip away to Mallacoota where he caught some nice bream and flathead. Peter persisted with some soft plastics under staff recommendation and caught flathead to 48cm using them. Fresh shrimp fished on fine gauge hooks worked well on the bream, with fish to 1.2kg coming aboard.


Customer Ange was down at Lakes Entrance recently. Ange spent a bit of time in locating the bream and working out the best way to target them, and after a bit of playing around he started getting fish. Ange found that live baits were the best way to go, with prawn and bass yabbies best - and fishing them unweighted was a must. Fishing tight to structure the fish were most active around the top of the tide early in the morning, with plenty of white knuckle battles around pier posts and pylons on 4lb line.


There were also plenty of other species active around Lakes for Ange. Loads of small salmon and tailor happy to eat a soft plastics like the Zman motor oil grubs, with some bigger fish in the gutters out on the beaches. Prawn numbers have been slower than around Christmas but there still have been enough for the keen anglers to net a good feed's worth. Tambo bay and around Metung have been good around the new moon.


Ange also noticed reasonable numbers of King George whiting around Lakes Entrance with many school fish in the high 30cm bracket. Late afternoon was the best bite window on the whiting with mussel, pipi and prawn all producing fish when fished on a paternoster rig. The jetties around the Cunninghame and North arm have been good areas to try for whiting, along with the deeper edges further up towards Kalimna.

 


While there are still some crowds around the Gippsland lakes region, the fishing has been very good - especially if you can find a bit of quieter water. The whole region from Sale through Lakes Entrance and out towards Mallacoota near the NSW border has plenty on offer. Flathead, King George and sand whiting, luderick, bream, silver trevally, tailor, pinkies, salmon and prawns are all on offer at present if you're still out towards Lakes Entrance or thinking of heading down that way.

The beaches have been producing salmon and tailor around first and last light, with Eastern beach getting runs of fish to just over a kilo. The prawns have also been around in good numbers if you can find a quiet cove or bay to work, and we're currently just around the new moon so they should be easier to find. Cunninghame arm, North arm, Tambo bay and around Metung have all been good.


Customer Jordan has found lots of variety in his catch lately out towards Mallacoota. Jordan has been lure fishing with mostly 'crankbait' style hardbodies and surface pencils working the best, due to the large number of small 'school' sized king prawns in the estuaries. The sand whiting in particular have been really fixating on the surface lures when worked correctly, and most hits have turned into solid hookups after a few small modifications to terminal hardware. Big tailor to 60cm have also been blasting the surface offerings, along with deeper crankbaits worked through blue pockets and holes.

 

Some of the estuaries of eastern gippsland have been fishing well. Some systems are shut and need a good flush to open them to the ocean and bring some stability back, while others are fishing very well at present.

Customer Tom fished with some of his mates down in Bemm river earlier in the week where they did ok. Fishing the Mahogony's region of the lake in around 1m of water they caught some nice bream. Sandworm and prawn fished on light sinkers did the trick with some nice fish landed. Trolling lures around the entrance channel also caught the guys some solid tailor.


Staff members George and Dylan also fished the Bemm river/Marlo region recently. Casting all manner of lures from kayaks, the guys caught and released some nice school sized fish amongst the odd nice sized flathead. While the estuaries weren't fishing super well for the guys they still managed to catch fish after a bit of lure trial and error.


The most productive method for the bream seemed to be shallow running jerkbait style hardbodies fished over the mudflats and around the reed edges. With windy conditions lure placement was harder but still very important, as the fish weren't moving far to eat the lures.

 

 

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.

 

It's no secret that snapper love soft plastics, but catching that really big fish can be a challenge.

Customer Aaron sent in a photo of a thumping snapper he caught recently from over in Western Australia. Aaron was fishing off Two Rocks near Perth using Gulp soft plastics when he caught this cracker.

Aaron found that Gulp jerk shads in the 7 inch size were the most effective when fished on a 1 ounce jighead. Aaron also caught WA dhufish, breaksea cod, tailor and a couple of small sharks on the plastics.

 

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.


 

Staff member Dylan fished the inlet last week and reports that water levels are high and the fishing is patchy to say the least. There are some ripper tailor to be caught on lures, harassing the bait schools in the lake, with bream fishing a bit tough at the minute.

Customer Neil also fished the inlet last week to land some thumping tailor to nearly 5kg on both bait and lures. Trolling metal lures worked in the lake, as well as small mullet fished live.

 

Inverloch:

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.

Welshpool:

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.