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Estuaries alive and well
  |  First Published: December 2010



The Snowy River and Brodribb River estuary system is alive and well, and with a good entrance at Marlo it will remain so for some time.

Schools of bream, luderick, mullet, trevally, and estuary perch, attracted by the spring rain and the fresh water, have entered the estuary and are now throughout the whole system. Salmon and tailor have also entered the estuary and are giving anglers plenty of action on lures.

The surf beaches are all fishing well, with catches of salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet and shark being reported on a regular basis. Offshore the fishing has been very good with plenty of flathead, gurnard, barracouta, pinkie snapper, squid, morwong leather jacket and shark on the chew.

Many anglers have reported good captures of many species. Local angler Greg Trewin fishing near Lake Corringle bagged out on bream ranging from 30-42cm using sandworm. Another local angler, Ian Janson, fishing the same area bagged out on luderick also using sandworm. Ian also reported seeing Colin Weir, another local, bagging out on luderick, but much bigger fish with some in excess of 2kg caught also using sandworm.

Just when you thought sandworm was the only bait another local, Norm Johnson fishing the Snowy, reported catching a mixed bag of bream, luderick and trevally using frozen prawn and bluebait. Land-based anglers are also getting their share; Cocky Bommer fishing from the bank on the Snowy has been getting good mixed bags of bream, luderick, mullet and tailor, using sandworm and frozen prawn.

Tiger Nixon, a local angler from Marlo, fishing from the bank below the Marlo Jetty has been getting good-sized estuary perch, fishing with live prawn under a float. Mark Glenister a lure specialist has also been getting his share of estuary perch using Squidgy Fish lures. Peter Hall fishing from a boat between the jetty and the first island has also been getting his share of estuary perch, using a mixture of vibes, hardbodied and soft plastic lures.

Other anglers have reported catching good-sized flathead, on lures fishing the sand flats along the foreshore at Marlo. Prawns are starting to appear in greater numbers and although most are still bait size, a few eaters can be gathered for the pot.

The surf beaches are also fishing well, and with good schools of Australian salmon moving along the beaches and anglers are getting good hook-ups on silver lures.

Bait anglers are also getting plenty of salmon, tailor, mullet, flathead and shark.

For the anglers who prefer to fish in the evening, gummy shark have started to appear and it shouldn’t be long before they come on the bite in good numbers.

Offshore the fishing is good; Joe and Pauline Connelly have reported most boats are bagging out on big flathead. Roy Herbert and George Peachy have been doing even better, not only bagging out on flathead, but also getting a couple of gummy shark on most outings.

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