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Bream at Lake Tyers

Fishing Tips from No Fuss Guss 

Guss knows the local conditions
and has skippered many fishing parties
 on the lake over the years. So here it is -

The Lake Tyers

Fishing Report

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No Fuss Gus at Lake Tyers
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27th October 2019: Waking up and Hungry
Dusty Stalker on Lake Tyers, Oct 2019
Trent Davis (aka Dusty Stalker) and his mate Tim have also shared a photo with us of early Flathead and Bream catches. Like Joe these guys are early starters in the season, and the extra effort pays off.

I gave the boat a run last week, to get ready for the season. The lake is in good condition. We are getting some fantastic weather for fishing, but occasionally very strong winds when the cold fronts from the west go through. Unfortunately they are carrying very little rain for us by the time they get here. Keep an eye on the forecasts.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)


20th October 2019: Catches are trickling in

 Jo and the GT at Lake Tyers A couple of locals have contacted me with news of catches in the lake. A regular, and known for his huge Flathead achievements has teased us with a photo of a Trevali, but apparently he also caught Flathead and Bream as well. Joe is an early starter and his interest is a signal for all of us that we should get moving, because the Flathead and others are warming up.

The lake continues to be low. We have have not had any really decent rain now for about 4 years and the lake has not opened for the last 3 winters. 

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)


7th October 2019: Winter season over?

Things are warming up, Flathead observed but hard to catch, not really on the bite, more news soon.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)


28th August 2019: Early or Late Bream?
Brodie and Guss'  haul at Lake Tyers.
Just thought I would take Brodie out on his first trip to target Bream. It looked like the weather, later in the week, was going to cut up rough, so Tuesday was it. We fished up around The Island and managed 4 Bream with two of them 40cm. Now whether these are early Bream for the coming summer or should be considered late Bream from last summer is just splitting hairs, but it was a great day using the local prawn (deep frozen supplies from last summer's Prawn runs) and made history with Brodie landing his first official "No Fuss Guss" Bream.

These are particularly good fish for this time of year, and given how low Lake Tyers has been, it is incredible how good the fishing still be. No doubt though the lake like the rest of the country around our lakes is under stress, so take care!

Great day, thanks mate!

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)


10 August 2019: Snapper
A large Snapper for Lake Tyers.Last week a pair of mates went out on a recreational fishing trip and caught a 50cm Snapper just before Devils Hole. Using local Prawn they managed to bag a very nice fish. Thanks for the photo Gazza!

Other very persistent fishers have also bagged good Bream on local prawn lightly weighted at the top of the lake, launching their boat at Nowa Nowa.

Though the rains have been disappointing so far this year, no sign of any opening and a freshen up, the fish continue to be caught, albeit in much lower numbers.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)


19 Jun 2019: Mal brings a change of fortune
Mal and me went out last Monday and bagged four nice Bream near the Green Shack. Using local peeled prawn from the supermarket we got a few and lost a few. The higher up we went the smaller they got, the water was about 9C degrees, moving to about 10.5C above The Island. Things have slowed down considerably. There was one lone trailer in car park on Tuesday. However the recent rains of about 40-60mm in the last 30 days have lifted the lake a few centimetres. Better than nothing!

The "No Fuss Team" are gearing up for the Twin Rivers Competition for 2019. It is hard to snag a decent bream in these conditions, and it demands the very best from the anglers. Hope to see you there to share a yarn at the very least.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)


27st May 2019: Hookers hooked on LTB
Rowey, reported to us, the Happy Hookers Fishing Club have been successful once again at Lake Tyers. This happy band of fisher-gentlemen have bagged some nice fish.
A handy bag of flathead and a Bream, Happy Hookers, May 2019
A handy bag of flathead and a Bream, Happy Hookers, May 2019
Notably they also reported an Estuary Perch around the 40cm mark. This is a fine fish, not often landed and hopefully we will see more of these appearing in catches as the fingerlings released in 2016 also mature. This fish can be distinguished from other species by the notch on the gill cover high up the shoulder.
Estuary Perch, Lake Tyers, May 2019
People are gearing up for the Twin Rivers Competition for 2019. lake Tyers is fishing quite well, but this current bout of cold weather (record snow in the alps!) will slow things down considerably. Catching any sort of fish in the middle of July will test the best of us!!!

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)


21st May 2019: Temperature dropping quickly
The lower lake has meant the water temperature has dropped fairly quickly this year. Accordingly the Flathead are going quiet, but encouraging reports of Bream and Snapper catches are coming in. Again try around the buoys and the Glasshouse. The preferred bait for Snapper are whole Pilchards, and the Bream are on local prawns, and in places hitting vibes really hard. Others report heaps of small fry, while irritating now, are the catches of the future. So the lake is looking to have healthy fish stocks, even though its been locked for the last three years now.

I am hoping to fit a few trips before the winter really draws in, so stay tuned.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)


23rd Apr 2019: Snapper on the bite
We have heard that Snapper, in the form of 30-45cm Pinkies are to be had in the lake on Pilchard, either pieces or whole ones if you have the right size. Those in the know have bagged out. Around the Channel Markers and over at The Glass House have been good performers. There also plenty of undersized Bream around so keep a bit of bait on hand.  You may also get a big run from a Tailor that will make short work of a Bream rig.

Still looking for some good rains though, as is half the country. we did a level measurement last week and it had actually risen 4cm, so Rob was wrong and that 40+mm of rain had made a small difference.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)


17th Apr 2019: In spite of very low levels...
Reports have been indicating Easter should bring joy to many fishers. Mixed bags of good Flathead and bream have been taken, though on bait mainly. The boat ramps are getting a bit challenging and a few boat owners that have have not taken care have found themselves stripped to the underwear and pushing vessels off a muddy bank!! We are in for a little rough weather in the next day or so, but it should blow over in time for major outings from Friday to Sunday, the lucky ones will get Monday too! The recent 40mm storm has not caused the lake level to rise to any noticeable degree. Fingers crossed for a very wet and stormy winter.

A special hello to Neil M who has provided some valuable feedback on this column for us to work on. Comments by readers are greatly appreciated and always read in detail. Thanks Neil!

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)


20th Mar 2019: Even, more catches
Just to add, Flathead have been quite prominent too in catches with people who target them regularly getting the trophy sizes (remember 55cm and over, handle and return safely!). Huge Tailor have also been encountered, so if you want to catch them heavy traces and lures are recommended. If they are around expect to lose your Bream tackle!

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)


11th Feb 2019: More catches
Anglers have enjoyed more success this weekend with people able to get their bag of Bream and a few "take home" Flathead. Reports of the larger Flathead are around with recorded catches of the monsters sizes around the 85cm mark. Other reports suggest that there are many Flathead in the lake at the moment and the lake would be appear to be in good condition in spite of being at its lowest level for a couple of years. Check the report on the Lake Level.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)


7th Feb 2019: Plenty of Variety
Neil, a local gun, with a very nice TrevallyApologies for the long holiday break. We have no excuses there has been plenty going on, but keyboard time has been low!

The lake continues to be at it lowest level for many years with sandbars appearing everywhere. However local gun fisherman Neil has been cutting through and has shared three nice catches with us. Show here is the very nice Trevally taken last week. He also landed a really decent Flathead and Bream that are shown on the bragging pages.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)



26th Dec 2019: Flathead are stealing the show.
Blake Cameron's Dad  at Lake TyersRemember Blake Cameron? Well his dad, Gordon has been in touch this summer with a very nice 80cm Flathead taken off the bank near Mill Point. This is a magnificent breeder and essential to be returned to the water unharmed. Keeping these big females in top condition and breeding well is the back bone to keeping Flathead numbers up, and making sure there are plenty of <55cms (and >29cm) to take home for the plate.

Plenty of small Bream cleaning up hooks, and if you are not rigged up the right way, the Tailor will just take your whole rig off, full stop. So take plenty of bait and tackle!!!

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)



Measuring up an 80cm caught off the bank  at Lake Tyers


26th Dec 2018: Flathead Special
Trent Davis (Reel It In) at Lake TyersTrent Davis (of Reel It In fame) and Scott in Flathead heaven. What gorgeous looking beasts? And we are talking the fish obviously. These are the future of the Flathead sport in Lake Tyers, properly landed, held and returned to live and breed another day.

However it does require a bit more work than flopping a lure over the side of the boat. These girls are not easily fooled and you may have to work harder than you think to land one.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)



Trent Davis (Reel It In) at Lake Tyers
Scott from Frank's Holiday Retreat at Lake Tyers
22th Dec 2018: Tailor puts a big fight
Cooper Wilson (11yr lower Plenty) with a grand 68cm Tailor at Lake TyersCooper Wilson (11yrs, Lower Plenty) with a grand 68cm Tailor caught in the Nowa Nowa Arm on light Bream tackle. The fish launched itself out of the water several times and put up a real fight. Cooper eventually won out on the day and very proudly landed the catch in a net.

This is the sort of fishing that captures young people's hearts and minds. Great to see the lake providing such opportunities.

The algae is building up in the shallows over the sandy areas, and the lake has not risen significantly even though we have fairly regular bursts of rain. The temperature would be above the 20's and evaporation would be taking its toll as well with this hot summer burst.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

20th Dec 2018: Flathead lead the school
Sprinkles (aka Shane Greaves) with a grand Flathead at Lake TyersFlathead continue to capture the top news spot with plenty to brag about. Sprinkles (aka Shane Greaves) has landed a good catch on the shallows near The Glasshouse(?). There is still plenty of water and idyllic spots to be fished on Lake Tyers this summer, but do take if you are in a boat and especially if you are the skipper. Get you and your crew back safely and enjoy the day out. Lake Tyers is frequently patrolled by both Fisheries Inspectors and Water Police, take care of yourselves and the fish! See you in 2019.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

18th Dec 2018: Bream are not yet goin' easy
Trent Davis witha pretty cool Flathead at Lake TyersTrent Davis is pictured kicking off his season with a really nice Flathead. This may need to be your target species as the Bream are hard to find and not really responding to any baits or lures. It will be a canny fisher who can bag out on Bream at the moment.

The rainfall has been low again this year. From mid year 2016 (when my daily records began) to late December 2016 we had 327mm in that half year, whereas in all year in 2017 we had just 435.7mm, and so far in 2018 all year we had 401.7mm. This is barely over half of the 2016 rainfall. However the lake appears to remain in good condition and able to weather this dry cycle for a good bit longer. The El NiƱo predictions apparently say we will have a slightly wetter than normal summer, but that is at the expense of the overall decrease in annual rainfall, and especially over winter where crop growth is essential for farmers, and also for opening the lake!

Low rainfall here also means the lakes does not have excessive run off from farm land with nutrients from fertilizers or live stock or natural vegetation break down. So the water is still in pretty good condition, even if not very high. It would be good to get a flush of the lake soon and a fresh influx of species such as Leather Jacket and Snapper that do not breed in the lake.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

1st Dec 2018: Flathead are hotting up
Smokin'Joe getting into the groove at Lake TyersWell known local, Smokin' Joe has thrown down the Flathead challenge with a 95cm catch in the last few days. This guy knows his Flathead and how to work a boat and lures.  Well done Joe, a handsome catch indeed!! Note the support for the fish's body.
We have had a share of 67,500 Estuary Perch fingerlings released into Lake Tyers last week. We get very few reports of EP's taken in Lake Tyers, but we were reminded that this elusive and slow growing fish is hard to catch and it was only 2016 when the last batch were released, not that long ago really.
We have had nearly 50mm of rain recently over 4 days and has provided welcome relief to local farmers, but not really a breaking of the drought. Likewise we expect a bit of runoff into the lake, and some fresh seawater over the bar from the mild storm, but no great change in level.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

7nd Nov 2018: Finally!
An 80cm Mulloway was caught and released by the team from "Reel It In". They captured the moment on YouTube, so unlike other Mulloway catches reported there is no doubt about this one. We doubt it is from the fingerlings, or more catches of smaller Mulloway would have been reported (the growth would have had to have been spectacular, and stayed through a number of openings). But this one certainly has been holed up for about 2 and a bit years as the lake has not been open for that long.  Whatever its origins it was certainly keeping in good condition, and congratulations boys on letting that one go!!! Well done!!!

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

2nd Nov 2018: Good advice!
Young lad with two handy Flathead at Lake Tyers BeachAfter a chat with me I suggested to Paul to try Trident Arm and he reported back success with old Prawns and hauled in a 34cm Bream on the last prawn. (see left)

A report came in of a large Perch being taken last week. Above the 40cm, so unlikely to be the fingerlings that were released a few years ago, but indicates that the habitat for Perch is OK and maybe we can be hopeful the fingerlings are doing well and will be legal size soon, if not already that size. Very few reports come in for this species.

Contrary reports on Flathead catches which is opposite to last week with indications they are biting much further up the two main arms. They are probably biting wherever there is natural food/bait to bring them on. Keep an open mind.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

1st November 2018: Wide ranging fish activity.
Many reports are coming in highlighting that the fish are on the move. Reports of Bream around the middle of the lake system down to the buoys, and Flathead sightings much lower, even in the shallows near the sandbars. Also plenty of bait-fish being chased by packs of Tailor as well. Though the water level is as low as possible, the lake appears clear and healthy. Weed is a nuisance in some of the more protected coves, but it also provides excellent feed and cover for juveniles. Don't forget the Tavern Fishing Challenge. Well organised and great prizes, with catch and release organised.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

15th October 2018: Lake is warming, fish are biting
The lake has begun to reach that critical temperature when reports begin to come in. Catches of 40cm Snapper around the glasshouse on Pilchard. Trawling for large Tailor has been mentioned, and Bream being taken up above Cameron's Tracks and at Cherry Tree. Hard-body lures have also been popular up around Nowa Nowa. The temperature may have to lift a bit more to get the Flathead stirring to biting stage, but some early catches indicate things are on their way.

I had the pleasure of taking a couple of very special guests out on the water recently and all on board managed to bag a decent fish. Given that this was early in the season, it was a really good effort. A sign of better days to come. Well done folks, fantastic to have you aboard!!
Early catches of Bream
No Fuss Guss on Lake Tyers

Looking forward to seeing you out on the water, and even more so to meeting you at the cleaning table!

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

20th August 2018: No-Fuss Tinny for Sale
We don't run boat adverts here normally, just mention our friends occasionally. But in this case I must make an exception, No Fuss Guss is selling his Tinny for $4000. This tinny has been maintained by Guss so you know it will be in great condition and includes electric starter on the 25hp Johnson outboard, 2 anchors, two additional spare alloy wheels, rego to March 2019, sounder, lights and all boat safety gear (sorry, no PFD's).
No Fuss Guss Tinny 4 Sale
No Fuss Guss Tinny 4 Sale
No Fuss Guss Tinny 4 Sale
Contact Guss direct if you are interested. Mob: 0429 700 024 Click on image for enlargement.
Rob (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

28th August 2018: Fish are hard to catch
A few reports have come in of successful outings but they have been been sporadic and there has not been much consistency. The fish at this time of the year are spawning and talk has it that, when there is a drought on land, and we are having a "green drought" (ie the paddocks look green but there is very little in the way of true fodder on them), there is a drought in the fishing as well. We have been deliberately not putting up too much here as the stocks that are there, appear to be already under pressure anyway (Pro's, chemicals, Cormorants etc etc?), and we should be patient until the next generation has been spawned before we go after the mums and dads. We should also be giving thought to supporting a slot size for Bream, ie if it is 40cm or bigger, we should put these breeders back in the water. I reckon it has worked for the Flathead, so why not Bream too? After all a good stud breeder does not send their prize bull or ram off to the butchers for a quick dollar.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

24th June 2018: Upper lake for Bream, Tailor are plentiful
Above Cameron's Tracks for Bream and Pilchard in the lower lake for Tailor and Pinkies.  Otherwise pretty quiet and conditions demanding even for experienced and usually successful anglers.  The Happy Hookers bucked the the trend recently though with nice catches of Bream and Flathead (see Bragboard).

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

10th June 2018: Bream still main catch, Flathead still active
Bream have been taking hard-bodied lures and prawn high in the lake system around Camerons Tracks and above. Some have been found around Long point and higher up the Toorloo Arm.  Tailor and Pinkies (Snapper) have been going for pieces of Pilchard.

This is the pointy end of the season where the only the best fishers regularly catch fish, so it is with hope we are looking forward to the Twin Rivers Fishing Competition.  It is a great event, with great prizes, so consider entering, and we can catch you up there. Only the best will win.
 
Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

18th May 2018: Pinkies making someone's day
Pinky Snapper taken around the lake, early morning, late evening.There are still good big Bream actively taking local Prawn, in the 40-43cm range. However at the moment Pinkies around the 35-40cm mark are turning up in good numbers. Try Pilchard early morning or late evening. All the fish are in fine condition and carrying plenty of meat. Large Flathead are also around with Kenneth Jonasson landing an 86cm on a plastic and No Fuss landing an excellent 77cm catch on prawn in the last week or so.
Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

25th April 2018: Big Bream to be found
The cleaning table was worth a chat the other day when a local fisher had his bag that included two 40cm Bream, caught on local Prawn. No Flathead, but plenty of good Bream. The Flathead have been hard to find since the big competition a month or so ago.  However the quieter waters since the Victorian and NSW school holidays have finished to have lifted the Bream catches. Still no sign of rain and the lake is as low as I have seen it for about 12 years. We will require some huge falls if the ground is to soak up first, and then fill the lake.
Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

10th April 2018: Luderick on the move
If you are into Luderick fishing then there are a few on the bite in the arms of the lower lake on weed.  Good catches were reported the other day, surprised us and probably have been off the radar for most people.  You will need slightly smaller hooks, set under a float weighted with split shot to maximum sensitivity. Depth of bait can be critical and some experimentation around 75cm would be a good place to start. Weed can be "woven" onto the hook or loosely tied. Weed should be bright green, long and loosely filamentous. A few tugs on the float, and then a dive, should spell success.
Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

7th April 2018: Activity with Bream improving
Young lad with two handy Flathead at Lake Tyers BeachPlenty of small Bream around, but bigger ones to make up a bag are also to be found. The lake appears to be in good condition despite very low rainfall. The water level is at its lowest for many years (~10cm on #2 Rule, about 20-30cm drop since October), but the weather has been kind with no real heat waves likely to make the water temperature get too high, causing the oxygen to drop, and consequently causing a major fish kill.

Local baits such as fresh School Prawns from the local trawlers are ideal.  Chunks of Pilchard will work with nearly any of the fish. The traffic at the #2 Jetty has dropped off dramatically since Easter Monday, and the water is a lot quieter for fishing.

We are featuring a photo of young Blake again who continues to fish well.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

18th March 2018: Bream are down, but Snapper up
Snapper have been the highlight over the last fortnight. Serious fishermen (aren't we all serious?) have been struggling to make good Bream catches and the Flathead have gone a bit quiet as well. However local prawn and Pilchard around the end of the channel markers and at the east end of the lower lake have been yielding 40cm+ Snapper. These maybe a cohort that have been trapped inside for the last 21months, and probably arrived as medium Pinkies when the lake was tidal. There has been a considerable build up of windblown sand on the inside of the sandbar, however the water that was really murky a fortnight ago was as clear as crystal today. If you hook up a Trevally, as one young lad did, be prepared for a good fight! Half-peeled local Prawn has proven effective in other local lake systems.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

3rd March 2018: On track for record Flathead year Tailor landed incomplete, a big bite?, Lake Tyers Beach
Flathead have again been reported most in catches.  People have bagged out, people have caught PB's, and others happy with a decent keeper. However Bream have been harder to come by.  The fact the lake remained closed last year has seemed to have reduced Bream activity.  There still plenty going on though, with Tailor around as well.  Many of these fish are going to have to survive at least until the middle of the year before they might be able to exit the lake, so presumably continue to grow. There is evidence of a larger fish than usual being trapped inside over summer. Thanks to David for this one (left). Speculation is that it is a big trapped Mulloway, though others have said maybe a Seal (bite too clean and none have been sighted or heard?). Anyway using Pilchard along "gullies" on the bottom lake, and Blackfellows Arm, and on the drift, has been very successful with Flathead, it even bagged a 40cm Pinkie. Local trawler Prawns for bait have been hard to come by, but should improve closer to Easter.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

13th February 2018: Lake is fishing well Keepers caught at Fishermens Landing, Lake Tyers Beach
There have been many reports all over the lake for good fish. Fishing early morning, or later towards night is a good variation if you are struggling for a catch.

Plastics for Flathead, and bait for Bream perform well, with the space between boat and shoreline giving good results for Flathead. Chasing up local fresh green Prawns, eg off the trawlers in town, will be better bait for Bream than commercial products.

There are plenty of Tailor around as well. So be prepared to up your leader strength if lose a fish quickly after a short run.

Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

28st January 2018: Myth is "BUSTED" 1metre Flathead caught at Lake Tyers Beach
There has been a lot of talk about the existence of really big Flathead in Lake Tyers, and this photo above should settle the arguments.  Matthew Thewma has cracked it and landed a "magic monster" just over the 1metre.  This is a grand old girl and thanks to his careful treatment should live to fight (and breed!) another day.  Generally the Flathead have been reported as the most frequently caught. The boat ramps have been very busy so things have been pretty churned up. If you prefer a quiet fish then it may be best to hold off, until the weekend is over.
 
Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)

21st January 2018: Fishing is a family affair Blake's Dad at Lake Tyers Beach
Things have been hotting up down here and all over the state.  Just to show fishing can be a the best family fun, I suggested to Blake's Dad that Flathead don't just bite during the day, and maybe he should try a spot of night time fishing.

As a result Dad landed this 80cm in the dark.  Nice angling!!!

There has been plenty of activity at the cleaning table over the last fortnight.  However, no kudos to the people who cleaned a Bronze Whaler at #2 yesterday and just chucked major junks of the carcass out into the water out the front of the cleaning table.  Just a reminder, the Pelicans will not eat this and Lake Tyers is not tidal, so this waste will hang around for a long time.
 
Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)
Looking for a well run Angling Club to join that has a great social side, as well as good comps that go up against teams from across Gippsland?  Well have a look at the Lake Tyers beach Angling Club's program for 2018.
11rd January 2018: Flathead and Bream abound Blake's PB at Lake Tyers Beach
Well we are off and running into the 2018 Fishing Year.

Sharing a yarn about fishing in the Tavern, I got talking to Blake Cameron and his dad. Young Blake landed 45 cm on soft plastic in front of the Tavern! His family lives in Seville (Yarra Valley). This was Blake's personal best (what a way to start!) and just prove it was not fluke he went out and caught a similar Flathead the next morning. (See Brag Board).

Other catches of Flathead, both keepers and monsters have been reported both on bait and lures. However be careful about the bait, especially Prawns and see if you can source the genuine local specimens.  They should be a bit bigger and worth the little extra.
 
Easy as you go. No-Fuss Guss (www.laketyersbeach.net.au)