The fish in the Marlo region are turning it on big time, just in time for the holidaymakers to grab a feed of fresh fish. There is an incredible array of species on offer, and right now they’re all biting their heads off!
Whether you’re fishing from the beach or offshore, you’ll find there are gummies galore. Salmon, tailor, flathead, whiting, leatherjacket, gurnard and morwong are also on the chew. The prawns have started to appear along the foreshore at Marlo and are getting ready for their annual run. Estuary perch can be found along the weed beds and snags. Luderick are loitering around the rock groynes and mud banks. Bream are on the bite from the entrance to the lakes. Salmon and tailor are throughout the whole system.
Ken Edligton caught a monster bream weighing 2.69kg, produced it for bragging rights, then released it at Marlo Jetty. Ken seems to be a big bream expert: he has caught several over 2kg.
Len Jackson, another local angling guru, has had several outstanding outings, bagging out on several occasions. On one such outing he bagged out on bream in Lake Corringle, using live prawn for bait. He then moved to the rock groynes around the Second Island and bagged out on luderick using sandworm.
Bob Marthick and Tom Warren have been camping at The Slips with several of their friends on their annual trip. They tell me the fishing is better than it has been for more than two decades. The whole camp has regularly been bagging out on bream, luderick, and mullet, with a few estuary perch as well. The leading angler so far is Tom, with a 51cm luderick.
Janice Armstead and Derek Hibberson fishing from the Marlo Jetty caught two good luderick and a bag of mullet using sandworm. The biggest luderick weighed 1.51kg,
Offshore from Cape Conran the fishing is also good, with catches of flathead, gurnard, leatherjacket, morwong, pinky snapper, whiting and plenty of gummy sharks being reported. Allan Steel caught a bin of big flathead and a few leatherjacket. Luke Light and Glen Bennet fishing down past Point Ricardo caught some good flathead with Glen managing to land a 1.8m gummy. John Robinson and Kirk Lawrence had a good day using their secret berley mixture down toward Dock Inlet, catching three good-sized gummies before rough seas ended their fishing.
All the surf beaches have provided plenty of action, with catches of salmon, tailor, flathead and shark. Andrew French, a new resident fishing Corringle Beach, bagged a gummy in the middle of the day using squid. Mark Fensham, an angler from Whittlesea fishing with local Glenn, caught some good-sized salmon at Point Ricardo using pilchards and lures.
For more information about fishing around Marlo, or for supplies during your visit, drop in and see Jim in Orbost at the Orbost Angler (ph. 5154 2440).Reads: 2023