Head for the surf to avoid floodwaters
  |  First Published: October 2010

With the state election looming there is still time to let our local members know our concerns with their party’s fishing and marine parks policy on the proposed new parks and exclusion zones in our areas, and to ensure they know our feelings on the subject.

The best outcome would be for them to state and publish their intention on the subject for all of us to read.

Other concerns in our area are the boat ramps and cleaning facilities that need an upgrade to help the visiting anglers and holidaymakers to return to our area.

On the fishing scene as reported last month the rivers filled to capacity without overflowing, and pumped heaps of freshwater out to sea creating a trail for plenty of new fish to enter our estuary system. The high river levels interrupted the bream spawning run for a short time, but it has began again with large schools moving into the system, and moving up the rivers and creeks.

Schools of mullet and luderick are also moving into the system on their spawning run. Estuary perch are also on the move; anglers have reported catching them midstream as the move up into the system.

Flathead are in good numbers from the Marlo Jetty to Frenchs Narrows. Salmon and tailor are giving anglers plenty of action either trolling lures, or casting both soft plastic or metal lures.

Some of the good captures reported were Ross and pal fishing out of the slips, and fishing from the mouth of the slips up to Lake Corringle, getting good bags of bream ranging from 34-44cm, using local shell, frozen prawn and vibes.

Roy Herbert reported good bags of mullet and luderick, caught in the Brodribb River, using sandworm. On another occasion Roy fishing with mate Garry Langaelar caught several mullet fishing near Lake Corringle using sandworm, Garry was the star, catching the majority of the catch.

Surf Beaches

The surf beaches are starting to fire up with good hauls of salmon and tailor taking bait and lures. Mullet and flathead are also plentiful, and gummy shark have started to appear. In the Conan area, Yeerung Beach seems to be having the best results with many anglers reporting good hauls of salmon using bluebait and poppers. Salmon rocks are also producing good catches using bait or lures.

At Point Ricardo, the beach has changed making it hard to cast, but anglers are still getting their share using lures. The next ocean storm should remedy the situation.

Corringle Beach is fishing well as usual with anglers catching salmon and tailor using both bait and lures.

Offshore from Cape Conran is still a bit patchy, local anglers Allan Steel and Robert Marthick ventured out recently and managed to bag 20 flathead and a good size gummy shark. When the water warms up the fishing will improve dramatically.

Kirk Laurance with good size gummy shark.

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