Snapper start to show
  |  First Published: December 2010

The Tamar has started producing some good fishing at last.

Southern calamari and Australian salmon have still been the main targets but a few pinkie snapper and King George whiting have also appeared.

Low Head

Mako sharks have been targeted over the past few weeks with a couple up to 150kg being taken around the 60m mark straight off the Low Head lighthouse. There have been a couple of reports of blue sharks being taken by anglers looking for the mako sharks.

Best baits have been squid, barracouta and Australian salmon. Barracouta and salmon schools have also been prolific around the Tamar Heads. Trolling with a paravane and a sliced lure has been the pick of the methods.

George Town

George Town is fishing well with anglers reporting good catches of southern calamari from the pontoons and boats. Barracouta have also been on the bite lately, which has been giving some young local anglers some great sport on their light gear.

The best method is a WA pilchard drifted down a berley trail. Chrome slices are also doing their fair share of catches.

King George whiting have also appeared inshore as well as offshore. There have been a few taken from the Low Head Pilot Station breakwater wall and a decent catch was made out near Hebe Reef in a boat.

It would be great if we could get a good run of the King George every year as they are a great table fish.

Tamar Middle Reaches

The middle reaches of the Tamar have started to heat up around the Batman Bridge area and Beauty Point.

There have been a few catches of nice size snapper and elephantfish. The numbers should thicken up after Christmas.

Best baits for the elephantfish are squid strips, pilchards and mini-mackerel. Australian salmon schools are still present around the bridge and up through Long Reach.

Coastal waters

Beechford started fishing well of late with several large blue spot flathead being taken around the eastern end of the beach. Best baits seem to be small frozen squid and bluebait.

Amongst the flathead the odd Australian salmon and gummy sharks are also being taken. Seven-gill sharks are a species worth targeting in this area at this time of year.

Just remember that you will need a wire trace of around 100kg or more because of their razor sharp teeth.

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