Prawns provoke predators
  |  First Published: February 2008

The weather has been hot and so has the fishing. Prawns are running along the foreshore at Marlo, with many good eating-sized specimens amongst them. They can be taken from the Marlo wharf downstream. With the prawns running, the estuary system is firing, with bream, luderick, estuary perch, mullet, salmon, tailor and flathead all on the go.

The surf beaches from Corringle to Cape Conran have seen large schools of salmon and tailor running the whole length. Flathead, trevally, mullet and shark are also in good numbers. Offshore fishing has also been good, with plenty of flathead, gurnard, barracouta, squid, leatherjacket, morwong, salmon and shark.

There are too many specific reports to mention them all, but here are some. Peter Farley bagged six bream, with the biggest weighing 1.55kg. Cocky Bommer, fishing the Lochend side of the Snowy River has been getting good bags of bream, luderick and mullet. John Aucote, fishing the second platform on the Snowy, caught a mixed bag of bream, luderick and a bass.

Kim Kellow fished the Snowy from the first platform and bagged seven estuary perch and five bream. Madeleine Bennett fished with mum and dad and bagged some big bream and luderick. Barry Kenny caught a mixed bag of bream and luderick near Lake Corringle. Dennis and Sheryl Morgan fishing with Geoff and Sue Robinson caught a fantastic bag of luderick. Len Jackson, a local angler fishing with Grumpy Rawson from Wonthaggi, managed to bag out on both bream and luderick two days running, with fish up to 1.5kg. For most of the above reports, sandworm has been the best bait.

Colin Weir has been having ball fishing for estuary perch using live prawn under a float. He has been getting some huge perch, with the biggest to date measuring 51cm and weighing 1.79kg.

Dylan Jeremiah bagged 7-gill shark measuring 1.8m that took a bait of pilchard at Corringle Beach. Plenty of other anglers have been getting their bags of gummy sharks, also fishing at Corringle Beach. With the gummies running, they are being caught all the way to Pearl Point.

Allan Steel and Bob Marthick, fishing offshore from Cape Conran, caught a bin full of flathead, gurnard, leatherjacket and flying gurnard. Glen Farley and Corey Shaw anchored and, using berley, caught three gummy sharks. Fishing nearby, Glen’s uncle John bagged another three gummies.

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).

Barry Kenny with two big bream he caught in the Snowy River.

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