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Soft plastics are bringing in the bream
  |  First Published: February 2017



Our local town wharf has been fishing reasonably well. Anglers catch a range of species. Quality bream have been caught on lightly weighted fresh prawns or sandworms. Cranka Crabs and lightly weighted Berkley Sandworms and Creature patterns have been the weapons of choice around the jetties.

Light lines have been the key due to the increase in boat traffic and people around town at this time of year. The fish get rather spooky, so fishing a 3-6lb leader or main line is a must. It’s a risky game, fishing in close to pylons and boat hulls. It doesn’t take too long for a fish to scream off and take your bait or lures for good.

The many sand edges around Cunninghame Arm and North Arm have produced quality flathead over the last month. Fish in excess of 60cm have been caught regularly. Most of the flathead come in on 4” soft plastics in a chartreuse minnow or fish pattern.

Over the last month, consistent schools of King George whiting have been found. Work the weed off Kalimna, Nungurner and the barrier landing. Good numbers have been caught. The best way to target the fish locally is to use an extended paternoster rig baited with either fresh mussel or a sandworm imitation in a natural colour. Then it’s a matter of casting close to the edges of weed beds.

Lake Tyers

The main lake produced many quality flathead over the past month. Anglers have had consistent sessions with 5-10 fish landed per session. Most of these fish have been targeted with soft plastics and natural minnow style plastics. These have quickly taken flathead and a few bream.

The majority of bream and flathead have been caught throughout the Nowa Nowa with better results coming from higher up in the system, where the timber and rocky edges make up a lot of the habitat. Quality bream have been caught around the sticks on bait and lures predominately. Fish have been caught on shallow minnow style hardbodies or light weighted lures. Rig them on 1/50 jigheads for slow sinking presentations that allow the angler to walk the lure over the top of branches and sink it in through densely cover snags.

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