Summer shark fun
Jim Mcclymont | December 2016

James Herbert and James Saunders caught and released some bronze whalers recently, both measuring well over 10ft.

The happy season has arrived and hopefully the good weather will come soon. At this stage, the surf beaches are fishing very well with the local shore-based gamefishers showing the way. Two local lads who paddle their baits out have had a double hook-up of bronze whalers. After a long fight they managed to land both measuring well over 10ft. With some help, they managed to release both sharks.
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Bemm is warming up
Robyn Sturgess | December 2016

Bream, luderick, tailor and flathead are around the river in great numbers, heating up this month.

The holidays are always a great time at Bemm River for our young enthusiastic anglers to get out into the warmer waters and hook into a flatty or two. This time of the year is ideal for catching flathead. It seems to be their most active period. Flatties love to chase lures.
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Trout get tougher to catch as water levels drop
Will Thompson | December 2016

Frazer Ryan caught this nice little brown trout measuring 35cm on dry fly, while the river level was dropping.

We had probably the best spring for trout fishing in the region in years, and this was mainly due to constant rain keeping the rivers running healthy. However, over the past month, the rain has got less frequent and we are finally receiving some much deserved summer weather, which has put the trout into a more summer style trout mode. The trout aren’t feeding very hard during the day, but instead feeding during the late evenings or early mornings. In the small local streams, fly fishing has been the method of choice, with this summer weather given fly anglers better opportunities to use dry flies, termite patterns, and small dun patterns, such as Dad’s Favourites, have been working well in the evenings on a slightly better class of fish of up to 35cm.
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Whiting, flathead and snapper everywhere
Will Thompson | December 2016

Pete Moretti with a couple of big flathead from Mcloughlins caught on soft plastics.

Mcloughlins and Port Albert have warmed up now and the whiting, pinkies and snapper are all going crazy – get down there now for a look. At Mcloughlins, the channels around St Margarets Island are fishing very well for whiting in 2-3m of water. They’re a good size this year and there’s been plenty around the 38cm mark. Fish of 45-48cm are mixed in as well.
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Gippy firing for holiday season
Brett Geddes | December 2016

.Justin Dingwall keeps hooking big bream and one of his favourite lures is a black vibe.

December is the month when we welcome warmer weather and anglers start to get very busy. It’s with good reason too, because the bigger bream are now feeding in the shallows along with some large hungry flathead.
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Happy holiday angling
Steven Pryke | December 2016

It’s that time of year when Lakes Entrance goes crazy for the holiday season. As the weather patterns settle in, it won’t take long to see many anglers taking advantage of warm weather and long evenings.
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Get busy in great Bemm weather
Robyn Sturgess | December 2016

The festive season is almost on, as we gear up for another busy summer. Warm days, great fishing and night time prawning all add up to great family holiday fun. The entrance was open recently and the river mouth is accessible with care.
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Summer is here a bit late
Will Thompson | December 2016

Summer is here, but you can tell it’s been a late season. It’s taken a lot longer for the fish to get on the chew than last year, but with some better water temperatures now, our iconic Victorian summer species such as snapper, gummy shark and whiting are all on the chew.
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Mind-boggling big bream bonanza
Brett Geddes | November 2016

In all the years of writing for this magazine starting way back in the first 2004 issue, this report is number 142 on the Gippy Lakes and possibly the most awe-inspiring. I won’t contain my excitement and I’m going to let rip in a big way! I wish I could dream up new words to convey the astounding catch of bream recently for bait and lure anglers – thrilling, breathtaking, rousing, jolting or shocking! To me, these descriptors just don’t cut it. I’ll let the facts do the talking.
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