Gippsland Lakes

While a lot of Gippsland had been smashed with rain and dirty water, the bream and flathead have still been fishing well. While the bream don’t seem to mind the dirty water, some of the more consistent flathead fishing has come from the dirty water edges, along the cleaner water. Just remember if you’re fishing more discoloured water, baits with loads of smell and heavily scented lures can be your best friends!

Young gun Tyler has been fishing every spare minute he can on these school holidays While down at Bairnsdale. Tyler and his dad hired a little boat at Lakes Entrance, Tyler had his first try at trolling and landed 3 salmon using some of his newly purchased soft plastics. I think he is hooked on fishing!

Customer Ryan fished Gippsland last week and had some good bream fishing. Ryan found most of his fish up on the shallow flats in less than a metre of water. Ryan was using larger jerkbaits and surface lures, with some of the best lures up around the 100mm size range. Fishing these with a ‘stop start’ ripping action and small pauses was the way to get the fish to react to them.

Customer Chris fished Lake Tyers last week in his kayak in search of bream. Chris fished a few different areas of the lake, and found the fish in a few certain areas. Some particular weed beds were holding the fish just off the edge, and this is where Chris found them. Fishing plastics and hardbodies around this edge was his go-to for landing fish up to 41cm. Some smaller fish were found up on the discoloured flats and were happy to eat surface lures.

Down at Mallacoota the flathead have been fishing ok – not red hot but still reasonable. Table sized fish have been very good in numbers, as customer Dave found out. Dave had been fishing the inlet recently where he managed a few good feeds of flathead. Slowly working larger plastics with oversized boot style tails was the best way to help the fish hone in on the lures. Adding scent to these also helped massively.

Just over the border, customer Hudson caught a couple of nice flatties fishing plastics. Hudson was fishing around the clean and dirty water mix in one of the coastal estuaries, where he landed fish like this 80cm model. Fishing larger plastics slower around the mix was the most effective method at letting the fish find the lure.