South Coast Exploration

06/03/12 - Author: admin

With the advent of new technology comes the ease of making our fishing and decisions much easier.  In particular, Google Earth has opened up a whole new world of possibilities.  Any tiny bit of water can be fully explored before physically being on location.

If you haven’t experienced the Far South Coast then I suggest you should.  There are a lot of estuaries, rivers and lakes that are worth exploring.  We only had the pleasure of spending 8 day’s there fishing but got to experience 4 different systems and caught fish at them all.

Planning your trip before you go will make it easier and as suggested above, Google Earth has also taken a lot of guesswork out of the planning.

We picked a Lake System that is currently closed to the ocean.  At the moment this is the case with a lot of little lakes on the Far South Coast.  The bars are sanded up and unless they fill with rain and flood it is not likely that they will open.  This Lake when opened used to produce a lot of prawns in it’s day along with flathead and bream as some of the locals discussed with us.

Having picked a Lake to fish outside the mainstream meant on this particular day we were the only fishing boat on the water accompanied with approx 5 ski boats whom kept to themselves and continued about their day.

The characteristics of this particular lake are shallow edges, lined with weed, up to 30 foot deep in the middle and one deeper rock wall.  We were targeting bream and flathead.

We started fishing and found that we were getting a lot of weed that was sticking to our lures. It was evident that a lot of the banks we fished were choked up with a slimy weed (we nick name it snot weed) and find we don’t normally do well when this is present as fish don’t like to attack lures with any bit of weed stuck on them and it can hinder the performance of your lure.  So catching fish is less likely.

As there were three of us on the boat this day we were able to try a lot of lure combinations such as blades, plastics and hard bodies.  We had been fishing for a few hours now but still nothing.  We persevered and did a big drift across the lake with the wind, until we hit a bank that we had pointed out earlier that looked the goods and had to hold fish.

It had shallow sandbanks with patchy weed and then as it dropped off into deeper water with a really good weed edge.  It was also where the wind was blowing into and there was no snot weed.  Wind blown banks will normally hold fish of some sort as the wind drives food sources into the area for the fish to prey on.

Within the first 100 metres of this bank we finally got a hit on the plastic, it was a flathead about 50cm.  With the net out and ready the flathead decided it wasn’t time and took one look at the boat and powered off, sawing through the trace line to regain freedom.

Continuing to work this weed edge it wasn’t long before Scott’s lure was clunked and the 3lb Power Pro Braid was screaming off his 1000 Fireblood Reel.  With great speed the fish went for a long quick run we were thinking a huge flathead and how long would the 4lb trace last.  How we were proven wrong, when the fight back and forth eventually saw a huge Yellowfin Bream come to the surface and had us shaking at the net.

Netted and secured in the boat it was time for some quick snaps and then released back into the water.  Hopefully this fish will be captured again one day by another keen angler whom would be as proud as Scott with their capture.   We estimated the weight at approx 2kg and would probably suggest it would be roughly 4o years of age.  Scott’s personal best Yellowfin Bream capture to date.

With the Bream under our belts we were keen to continue fishing the rest of the bank.  After another hour we decided to call it quits and go home on a high.  This Bream was the highlight of the exploration trip.

Later that week we had ran into some other locals whom suggested that when the Lake closed, the Professional Fishermen came through and netted it all.  We’ll we have proven they can’t get all of them, we at least know of 2 escapees but I still think there would be more out there.  Well worth another trip in the future.


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