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Solid fishing on the Tamar
  |  First Published: July 2011



The Tamar River is still fishing well but the water temperature has dropped to around 11.5C. Most of the temperate fish have gone quiet, but the cold water species have fired up quite well.

Low Head

Australian salmon are still on the bite. Land-based anglers have been having fun spinning from the shores. The best areas have still been the Monument at the end of the main street of George Town and off the Low Head breakwater wall.

The King George whiting, which have been taken during recent weeks, have also slowed down. Another winter fish that anglers have been catching is the snook or pike. They are getting good catches off the breakwater at Low Head.

The best fishing style seems to be on silver slice lures, and un-weighted baits are doing well thrown into the current.

These are rigged up using ganged hooks baited with WA pilchards.

Offshore at Low Head, local angler Michael Dodge reports taking some lovely gummy sharks up to 1.25m. He has also been taking some good flathead while targeting the gummies. The best depth has been around 30m. Best baits are squid and WA pilchards.

George Town

George Town has also been fishing well. The snotty trevally (blue warehou) have just started running but are still a bit patchy. There have been a few taken in Pipe Clay Bay, which is just South of George Town and adjacent to Garden Island.

Good catches of jack and slimy mackerel are being taken as well. Low tide seems to be the best time for targeting them.

Beauty Point

Good schools of Australian salmon have been popping up around the bay out in front of Inspection Head Wharf. Although they are only small, anglers are having fun catching them by drift spinning and some are even targeting them with the fly.

Flounder spearers have had some great success of late. The best spots are at the Esplanade in front of the fish shop and at Redbill Point. The run in tide is the most productive and dark nights are best.

The Batman Bridge area has also stared to fire up. Good catches of snotty trevally are being taken off the Deviot and Hillwood pontoons. Anglers have had good luck around low tide.

Chicken breast and squid are the best baits. Using a sabiki rig is an easy way to rig up.

Good salmon schools are also appearing in Spring Bay and also around Redwood Bay.

Micheal Dodge with a Low Head gummy shark, taken offshore in 30m of water.

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