Tamar Estuary on the improve
  |  First Published: March 2011

The fishing in the Tamar estuary has started picking up again after the heavy rain that we had in January, but the water is still discoloured.

Low Head has been fishing quite well with nice catches of Australian salmon being taken around the kelp beds at the Farewell Beacon. They have mainly been taken trolling around the edges of the kelp on silver slice lures.

The salmon have been weighing around the 1kg mark. The mako sharks have also made their way back with many sharks being caught with most weighing between 40-60kg with several bigger ones being caught, with one up around the 250kg.

They are being taken around the 60m mark.


Snapper are being taken regularly in the Tamar with most of them being smaller pinkie snapper but there have been a couple of bigger ones taken.

This includes one around the 6.8kg and another about 7kg. Both of the bigger fish have been taken around the Batman Bridge area.

The best baits still seem to be fresh fish or squid. Some of the snapper are being taken in quite deep water around 30m. Nice gummies are also being caught but just remember that the Tamar is a nursery for rays and sharks so they must be released unharmed.


Bridport is also fishing quite well. Quade, Alex and Zac Geale have spent their summer holidays there and have had some great results catching some nice flathead, calamari and gummy sharks. The flathead that they have been catching have been up to 45cm in length.

They have been having most success using squid for bait on a double dropper rig.

Pipers River

Pipers River has been producing some nice bream up to 45cm fork length. Aaron Richardson of Lullworth has been doing well on the bream using prawns and crabs for bait.

Some anglers have also been getting some nice fish at the mouth of the River. Australian Salmon, tailor and southern blue spot flathead being the main catch.

Curries River Dam

Curries River Dam has been quite quiet over the last couple of months with anglers being disappointed have almost given up after a very quiet season.

Most local anglers have started travelling to other spots to try their luck.

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