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Extreme weather changes
  |  First Published: March 2011



With nature serving us up with extreme weather changes, it is making it hard to plan any fishing excursions.

In Victoria alone there has been extreme heat and bushfires, while other areas of the state have suffered through record flooding, both of which damages roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

When the weather permits, the fishing in our area is excellent. The rivers are teeming with fish of many varieties. Lots of juvenile bream, estuary perch and luderick seem to be everywhere, but of course bigger fish are also among them.

Australian salmon and tailor are also plentiful, giving lure anglers plenty of action. This time of year prawns move out of the shallow lakes and tidal creeks where they have waited for maturity, and then move down onto the sand flats below the Marlo Jetty, awaiting the right moon and tide for their run into the ocean.

Big flathead lurk along these same sand flats, waiting for an easy feast. Not only are the fish getting a good feed, in the evenings anglers are also moving out onto the sand flats with their prawn lights and scoop nets to gather the small prawns for bait and the bigger prawns for the table.

The surf beaches are also firing, with plenty of big salmon, good size tailor, flathead and mullet in good numbers. During the day anglers are getting good results using pilchards, blue- and whitebait and of course poppers are a must in our area.

Point Ricardo has been producing captures of salmon and tailor using pilchards. Both the beaches at Cape Conran are also producing plenty of salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet and whiting. In the evening the Yeerung Beach has seen good captures of seven-gill shark, school shark and quite a few gummy sharks.

Most popular baits are blue- and whitebait, squid, pipis and pilchards.

Corringle Beach is also firing with plenty of salmon, tailor, flathead and mullet. Gummy shark are also on the chew in the evening, with the best results on squid legs.

Offshore from Marlo, Cape Conran has exploded into a fishing frenzy. Big schools of baitfish have attracted schools of salmon, striped tuna, big pike, barracouta, mako shark, blue shark, school shark and good schools of yellowtail kingfish.

Flathead, pinkie snapper, morwong and squid are also in abundance. The kingfish, striped tuna, pike, salmon and barracouta are taking a variety of lures. Some of the best are Pakula Hot Head Fluzi and Uzi, poppers, Venruri Jet, Tuna Catchers and X-Raps.

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