The Nicholson River has fewer fish but some of these flathead can be huge. Tamboon Inlet: Bream are taking worm in Western Bay. Let me assure you that the Gippsland Lakes are a real dusky flathead stronghold and we are blessed to have them. Be warned that flathead are not dumb! The Gippsland Lakes Fishing Club Inc. (GLFC) is busy organizing the inaugural "Austackle Flathead Fishing Classic" to be held in Lakes Entrance on the long weekend in March 2015. Tackle for flathead fishing doesn’t have to be anything special. They have this ugly but somehow handsome, even stunning look about them and they remind me of some ancient fishy relic from the age of the dinosaurs. We’ll catch Bream and Flathead or we can even take you on a Crab catching expedition. they’re in the shallows for only one reason: to hunt. She had moved 2km downstream with no extra growth. About 10 years ago we had a massive growth cycle between 2004-2006 and it was nothing to catch 40, 50 or even a 100 duskies a day with most of them either side of 40cm! Down at The Cut, bream and flathead have turned up in reasonable numbers, and one angler bumped into three nice estuary perch down there. Fishing the Gippsland Lakes aboard ... 24:25. If you get a missed bite or two you can then slow down the retrieves and fish the area more thoroughly. Call to Action for Recreational Fishers. All contents copyright © 2014 Fishing Monthly. Nearly all flathead recaptures have shown some movement and it’s common for them to have travelled over 15-20km. Mallacoota: Fishing has slowed down but Flathead are in both lakes chasing lures. If it’s just a Cruise you’re after, take our 2 hour discovery cruise and see dolphins, kangaroos, sea birds and other wildlife. You can support the campaign by: Attending a family friendly rally on the foreshore at Paynesville on November 4 from 11:30am to 2:30pm. He finds that this doesn’t affect the hookup rate, but makes lures a little more snag and weed resistant, saves time replacing damaged terminals reduces the time taken to get a fish out of the net, off the hook and back in the water. They can make long oceangoing voyages and even inside estuaries they move surprising distances in a short time. Tracking the habitat preferences, spawning locations and movements of dusky flathead in the Gippsland Lakes A large research project to investigate the movement patterns of dusky flathead throughout the Gippsland Lakes and among smaller inlets in south eastern Australia, has been funded by the Recreational Fishing Licence Trust. Local prawn and vibes are best for bream. The Gippsland Lakes has a small tidal range of around 30 cm, and is connected to the open ocean by an artificial channel at Lakes Entrance. Brett has been fishing for flathead, bream and estuary perch in the Gippsland Lakes area for over two decades and has amassed over 6000 dusky flathead captures since he started keeping a diary in the early 2000’s. Break out the sea gars: catching garfish for food and bait, A Beginner’s Guide to Northern Moreton Bay Pelagics. Fishos flock here to catch Salmon, Snapper, Trevally, Jewies, Tailor, Whiting, Bream, Trout, Redfin, and Flatties. Artificial reefs have been installed in the lakes and host a range of species. That's a very fast growth rate of 15cm in a single year. This strategy reduces bycatch of bream, perch and smaller flathead, meaning less fish but better quality. Spending 120-150 days per year getting up close and personal with the local fish population, he has plenty of insights to help everyday anglers get more from their lure fishing. From casting off the Esplanade’s many jetties to travelling across the bar to Six Mile Reef, Lakes Entrance is a fishing wonderland that should be on any angler’s bucket list. Then, incredibly, on the very same day, along comes my good mate Peter Spehr and hooks it yet again! The shallow areas in the system are producing flathead on plastics and local prawn.The surf for salmon and tailor on pilchards, poppers and lures. Offshore for “Gummies” and Flathead. The material in this public release comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. There can be a rich and bountiful number of flathead within this huge Gippsland estuary of lakes and rivers. Dusky flathead are a key target species for recreational fishers throughout the Gippsland Lakes. Over the last 15 years I've learnt that their numbers experience boom and bust cycles but there is always a good year to year background population to keep us all going. Gippy Lakes flathead are classically fat and very stocky for their length. Let us take you Fishing on 400 square kilometers of the pristine Gippsland Lakes. This species is an ambush predator and is capable of short bursts of incredible speed to nail a lure. Nikki Bryant with a solid Wattle Point thumper, one of many caught during a rare calm spring day. google_ad_client: "ca-pub-9323040735217768", The inaugural Austackle Flathead Fishing Classic has been run and won with many happy winners - including our own club and the whole East Gippsland area. From November to January they will be off breeding down the Paynesville, Metung and Lakes Entrance end of the system before they gradually move right up into the western parts of the Gippy Lakes for autumn and winter. I suppose my favourite recapture was of a big 4kg dusky flathead that I first tagged when she ate a soft plastic lure fished close to the bottom. Another one swam out of the estuary I tagged it in and was caught three months later, 50km away near Mallacoota out in the open ocean in about 20 metres of water. You can gain easy access on both sides of the Tambo River and it is the best option if you are land-based. They can be so common at some locations that anglers might even curse them when a procession of little ones steal bait or lures aimed at larger quarry. I will also explore their incredible and surprising movements and growth rates from my tagging experience. How many commercial licence holders are there in Gippsland Lakes? There are some specific waters to chase flathead and where to start can be a daunting prospect within the huge Gippy Lakes area. Using quite large lures (6-9”) is a great way to target the big flathead, but even smaller 60-70cm fish will happily take lures of this size. Flatties are often thought of as being laid back, lazy and inactive ambush hunters. Brett has been fishing for flathead, bream and estuary perch in the Gippsland Lakes area for over two decades and has amassed over 6000 dusky flathead captures since he started keeping a diary in the early 2000’s. The Tambo River has good bream, with bankside fishing spots. For Brett, flathead fishing is about working lures quickly and close to the bottom. Gippsland Fishing Personality Brett has been fishing for flathead, bream and estuary perch in the Gippsland Lakes area for over two decades and has amassed over 6000 dusky flathead captures since he started keeping a diary in the early 2000’s. I prefer to think of the good old flathead as a veracious apex hunter that even after relentless fishing pressure, can bounce back from over fishing in nearly all of their vast range of habitats. The Gippsland Lakes are a network of temperate coastal lakes, marshes and lagoons covering an area of about 600 km 2. We’ve got rivers, lakes and beaches galore where you’re sure to bait a fish or two. Drifting with dead baits like prawns, fish fillets or bluebait can also be very effective and still accounts for a lot of flathead each year. Gippsland Lakes Fishing Report - February 5, 2015. Bemm River ... site for trevally and flathead. A few day bream fishing in the Nicholson and Mitchell rivers, in the Gippsland lakes Victoria. There are plenty of stores in the East Gippsland area who supply fishing tackle, lures, bait and a Fishing Licence if you don't already have one. Using lures helps avoid juvenile bream. Gippsland Fishing Personality. A Mitchell River dusky caught in deep water while blading for bream. I suggest you compare a soft plastic against a blade and I'm positive you will see the worth of blade lures on dusky flathead. Some of the most outstanding recaptures have been those fish caught on more than 2-3 occasions and a few lucky flathead has been released 4 times now! They have certainly evolved to sit on the bottom and wait for passing prey. Over recent years large duskies have turned up there that have measured 70-80cm. SENSATIONAL: Some of the insane bream fishing on offer at the Gippsland Lakes. Brett likes longer rods of 7ft or so for extra casting distance and tends to prefer spin gear. After the massive 2007 floods those flathead numbers crashed as some of them presumably got washed out into the ocean. Lakes Entrance beach fishing is very popular. Bream are at the camp site and Peachtree Creek on soft plastics.. Mallacoota . (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ Lake maps contain most important DNR lakes with detailed Depth Contours, Boat Ramps, Fishing spots etc. There are acres of sand flats and deeper drop offs that provide a vast range of suitable habitat for hunting or hiding. Out of all the recreational activities this region has to offer, the most popular is fishing. Smaller plastics can still catch big fish and you also get a better mix of by-catch like bream, perch and luderick. However, as usual, some fish have broken those rules too. Another dusky I caught at Hollands Landing was 16cm and then 12 months later I pulled it in again about 3km away at 31cm. Be observant and keep thinking, especially on the tougher days. You can work a blade really fast with short pauses and that way you quickly cover a huge amount of your target area. Recreational fishers are now abandoning the Gippsland Lakes as a preferred fishing location as a result of poor catch rates and fishing quality. To catch this fish again, in precisely the same spot is quite incredible, especially when I'd caught dozens of other flathead on that same bend of the river, around that very same log during those 18 months. Bullock Island has Salmon striking silver lures. Flathead are a schooling fish, so once you’ve caught one or two it pays to stay in the one spot and give it a thorough working over as you’ll often get a lot more fish. For the last decade duskies have been caught in huge numbers right throughout the colder months. Marlin has also been caught if you are willing to travel many kilometres offshore. The by-catch is just as impressive with blades, and catches such as bream, perch, trevally, mullet, luderick, tailor salmon and even whiting are common. In my opinion, metal blades will outscore soft plastics as this nice dusky proves having crunched a homemade lure. Well over 60,000 flathead, since the mid 1980s, have been tagged right around the country, and that equates to thousands of recaptures and surprising stories of how far flathead swim and their growth rates. Peter Nord’s Hurricane Lures support Bretts fishing habit and produce an awesome line of lures for the Gippsland Area. " In Victoria, about 4500 duskies have been tagged over the years, so let me now tell you some extraordinary facts and amazing data iabout the secret lives of flatties. Most anglers have caught flathead on soft plastics by now, so I won't expand too much in this already proven technique except to mention that very big plastics, up to 15cm, long may be required to get trophy flathead to bite. An 86cm flathead sadly died on me many years ago while I tried to release her so I got the fish aged via the ear bones and she was just 9 years old. The dusky flathead is one of the most sought after and rewarding estuary targets here in my home waters, the Gippsland Lakes, so let me share with you some tips on where and how to catch them. The added bonus of this is fewer anglers on the water and the days might be cold but you often get beautiful calm weather. Situated on the edge of the Gippsland Lakes and the Bass Strait, Lakes Entrance is a mecca for Australian anglers, renowned for its great fishing all year round. Right now I reckon we are in a typical year if there is such a thing, where finding them can take quite a bit of work, depending on the time of year. VFA Gippsland Lakes presentation – commercial catch 20180822. A prehistoric and somehow handsome trophy. However, you’ll catch fish on any tide if you take time to figure them out. ). Copyright © 2018 DocLures.com & Dr Greg Vinall |, http://traffic.libsyn.com/doclures/gippsland-lakes-flathead-brett-geddes-final.mp3. Movement between tagging and recapture can vary quite a lot, but let me assure you, flatties are not the stay at home sedentary types we all think they are! East Gippsland Fishing Report 10th December 2020 The Golden Tag fishing competition is back, bigger and better than before. Most of the area consists of large shallow lakes but for many, their favorite spots are in and along the rivers. In my opinion metal blade lures will outscore soft plastics about 5 to 1. Try Harrisons Channel and the main wharf for a mixed bag. In some places now it is the ONLY way to get huge old fish that are now very wised up to fake lures. they also distribute a range of other tackle, accessories and apparel for anglers. Suddenly a huge crocodile-like snout erupts out of the water and engulfs my surface lure. Bream at Gipsy Point, preferred bait of choice being yabbies. Apple  |  Stitcher  |  Google  |  Spotify  | iHeart | MP3. The surf has salmon. Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi in the lower 48 states, with over 200 square miles Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks maintains thirteen public access sites around the lake. Surf for Salmon on pilchards and poppers. However, when Victag was alive and well a few years back I was heavily involved and we found out some incredible stuff. It was that same big flatty, and I released her yet again, with another tag! This flathead smashed a surface soft plastic that was rigged with foam instead of lead. This 48cm Metung dusky was one of 16 for the session on an overcast hot summer morning. From this area you can travel east and explore the saltier and very tidal waters around Lakes Entrance and the North Arm that provide excellent sport during early and late summer. In the tidal parts of the lakes Brett likes the start of the runout tides, when fish are usually pushed well up onto the flats into very shallow water. A 72cm dusky I extracted from out under a nice snag was recaptured 3 months on, (having grown to 74cm), from exactly the same spot. The Gippsland Lakes region of Victoria offers some of the richest fishing in all of Australia. This 80cm dusky jumped on a hardbodied lure meant for bream. 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