Snotties start to run
  |  First Published: May 2010

The Tamar River fishing has been a bit quiet of late.

The water temperature has dropped to around 12C and the warmer water species have gone quiet, however some of the cold water fish have been starting to bite.

George Town

Jack and slimy mackerel are still being taken off the pier pontoon. They have been mainly catching them on Sabiki rigs spiced with either squid or chicken.

Over the past few weeks a few good catches of blue warehou have been taken. They are also being taken on Sabiki rigs but baited with chicken breast. Berley will also increase your chances of getting onto a good catch.

A good berley mix to use would be chook pellets mixed with tuna oil.

There has also been a few southern calamari taken off the pontoon. They are being caught on squid skewers baited with a pilchard.

Yellow eye mullet are still present as well as some big Australian salmon. A local angler bought in a photo of one of the salmon caught in the last couple of weeks and it was around 2.5kg.


As the weather has cooled down the fishing has got a bit quieter as well.

Cold weather has driven most persistent anglers indoors. There are still a few Australian salmon schools around the bridge area but most are juveniles.

There are still a few nice elephant fish being taken around the Batman bridge area by land-based anglers. The period between dusk and dawn have been the most productive time.

Pipe Clay Bay

Pipe Clay Bay seems to be the hot spots for the blue warehou so far this season. Good catches have been taken in 10m of water near the yacht moorings.

Low tide seems to be the most productive time of the day. A Sabiki rig baited with chicken seems to be the best way to target them.

Inside the bay at Garden Island is another spot to give a go. The blue warehou have been a good size, with the bigger ones up to around 40cm in length.

A tip with the warehou is to make sure that you have a landing net as they have very soft mouths. They tend to drop off the hooks very easily when lifted from the water.


Bridport is still fishing well with catches of southern sand flathead being taken. Local anglers have been catching them along the coast towards Sandersons Rocks. The most productive water depth seems to be around 20m.

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