Well winter is certainly upon us with those well expected cool temperatures testing the keenest of fisho’s. Lake reports have been positive never the less with some good catches of flathead throughout the lake and channel areas on baits with a lot falling victim to soft plastics and soft vibes such as the ever popular Samaki Vibelicious in 70mm and 100mm. These lures available in the traditional V-tail or the new Thumpertail are dynamite on not just flathead but almost everything that swims particularly in the 70mm size including bream, tailor, flounder, snapper, mulloway, whiting, squid and the list goes on, you just never know what will surface fishing these vibes. Bream are being caught with good fish landed at night in the shallows for those able to stay warm enough, but some solid fish amongst them. Salmon have been a little on the quiet side for the last couple of weeks but rest assure they are still around and I personally sighted thousands of them in the channel / salts bay area just yesterday and managed a couple although they were a little hard to entice as they have been at times this season. Some nice mulloway around with a lot of fish being caught throughout the day on plastics and vibes and again for the keen fisho at night on livebait, find the bait schools and you’ll find the fish, I managed a 91cm fish yesterday after dark on a plastic while drifting for arrow squid. Tailor have been off and on but for those chasing a feed will find good size fish amongst them trolling deep divers or throwing chromies into feeding fish. As for Arrow squid fisho’s are still managing bag limits in the usual parts of the lake although a little patchy if you put the time in you will get enough for a fish or feed. Plenty of Luderick being caught along the rockwalls etc, with Lucy’s Breakwall producing as usual but the ongoing hunt for good quality weed bait continues.
Off the rocks good catches of luderick, tailor, salmon, mulloway , snapper, drummer to name a few and with the winter westerly winds it makes fishing those normally unfishable hotspots a little easier to tackle.
Beach has been producing the usual winter species of tailor, flathead, bream and mulloway and the next full moon will be the time to target those larger silver unicorns (mulloway).
Around Moon Island some nice Green eyes up for grabs with some extra large models on offer and if you have a spare one or two don’t be afraid to drop one down around the front of the island (if the conditions are right)for a kingfish with reports of some thumpers dusting up anglers not geared up for the occasion. A week or so ago we had reports of a couple of longtail tuna taken in close out off Swansea. Offshore and inshore reefs have been fishing well with snapper and kings being the main target this time of year with the odd mulloway, trag and bar cod also being caught. Also plenty of long finned perch available in the deeper water hot spots, a few pelagics on offer with the much anticipated tuna run not too far away. Heard a couple of marlin being caught on the shelf for those wanting something a little larger to target.
All in all some good fishing at the moment so chuck on your thermals and get out on the water