Settles Weather brings on the fish
  |  First Published: April 2011

The Tamar is still fishing well with recent windy weather settling down to anglers to wet a line in comfort.

George Town

There has been some good catches of Australian salmon of late but the size has been down a bit. Jack Cavelle, a local George Town angler has been doing really well on soft plastics. He has found that the most productive lures have been the Strike Tiger grubs in the colour Blue Steel.

Jack has been making his own jig heads for the fish as they are in fast flowing deep water. He found that most of the heavy jig heads have a big hook. So he has been experimenting and has come up with a very heavy weight with a small hook.

Batman Bridge Snapper

Batman Bridge has still been fishing well with snapper still on the bite. One successful angler has landed 15 snapper in four trips, with the biggest weighing in at 7.8kg.

Most of the fish have been taken after dark in very shallow water. Elephant fish have also been on the cards around the bridge area.

Bonnie Beach Pontoon

Bonnie Beach Pontoon has been fishing well after dark for elephant fish. Squid and Pilchards have been the number one baits.

It is best to scale your tackle down a bit when chasing elephants. Snapper gear is a bit heavy. I like using bream gear for them, as it makes for great fun.

Pipers River

Pipers River is still fishing well. Andrew from Paul Ellis Agencies had a great trip there recently. Fishing the sand flats with a Squidgy Wriggler he caught a lovely southern blue spotted flathead from the shore of the estuary. The bream are still biting well from other reports.


Bridport has still been quite rough for the boat angler due to the prevailing strong northerly winds. Quade Geale of George Town reports of some good catches of Australian salmon being taken off the beach in front of the caravan park.

Curries River Dam

Curries River Dam has been fishing great of late.

During the summer Curries has been very quiet due to the water temperature rising which trout don’t like as they are a cold water fish. As the nights start to cool off the water temperature has dropped quite a bit.

Local angler Ian Innes has been taking some superb brown trout. He has been trolling lures from a small inflatable dinghy.

The best lures he has found have been small bibbed minnows. Tassie Devils number 43 (red and gold) and number 51 (Christmas tree) have also been taking their fair share of fish as well.

Jack Sherriff with a 7.8kg snapper from Tamar River.

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