Reliable fishing now here
  |  First Published: June 2011

The fishing in the Snowy River and Brodribb River estuary system over the winter months is usually very good.

The main reason being the entrance to the system is always open allowing new fish to enter the system. Bream move up into the lakes and small creeks, as well as far up the rivers into the fresh water.

Schools of estuary perch move up into the same areas inhabiting the snags and structures along the way. Along with the bream and estuary perch, schools of luderick also enter the system inhabiting the rock groins and mud banks in the estuary and rivers.

Flathead can be found in the lakes and backwaters throughout the whole system. Big trevally can also be found cruising throughout looking for an opportunity to get a feed. Schools of salmon and tailor are also throughout the system all year round.

The surf beaches haven’t stopped firing, with plenty of tailor, flathead, mullet and huge salmon on the chew.

With our store being a weigh station, I’ve seen several Australian salmon over 3kg, but reports suggest salmon as big or bigger than 5kg being caught.

Anglers have reported several different means of capture. The most tried and true is to use a paternoster rig with bait on the bottom hook and using a popper on the top lead. Other anglers are using a paternoster rig, with different coloured flasher rigs.

The anglers whom are having the most fun are using light spin rods with a 4000 size reel and using braid and casting shiny metal lures. At this stage anglers are still getting a good number of gummy sharks, using squid legs, eel, and fresh fish fillets.

Offshore along our coastline from Corringle to Bemm River has fished the best it ever has; big schools of baitfish are still here and with them plenty of predators including stripy tuna, kingfish and mako sharks.

Most of the above can be taken on skirted lures, diving lures and many different jigs. When the baitfish disappear so will the kingfish and other predators, leaving us with our local bread and butter fish that have also be so plentiful for several months and hopefully will remain in good numbers.

Good-sized flathead are here in good numbers along with plenty of gurnard, squid, barracouta, morwong, pinkie snapper, snook and gummy shark.

So when the weather permits there will still be plenty of fishing to do offshore.

Roy Herbert and the terrific snapper he caught offshore.

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