After a very warm January and a fair bit of boat traffic on the river, the fishing is now on the improve. Bream have once again been consistent, with good fishing throughout the system.
Hot spots have been around Pritchards Landing and above, which is 42.5km from the mouth. I have had reports of fish as high as Holmes Shack, which is around 64km up!
These upper reaches is quite accessible by boat. Above Holmes it is quite snaggy, but is still OK for smaller boats. Good old scrubworm or whitebait is all you need, and I’m certain the soft plastic and lure brigade would have a ball too.
Boat launching facilities at Pritchards is second to none, and, for the light tinnie brigade, Pines landing is OK – but a good map is needed to find the right track. The Glenelg here is a lot narrower, and both banks are an easy cast from the middle. There are plenty of snags, reeds and overhanging scrub to search.
At the other end of the river, the estuary is providing great sport on the bream. Dion Vale was here in January and had his best day’s fishing ever. He hit the estuary with Ecogear SX-40 lures in the 337 colour, Towadi surface lures, and the shallow running Lake Police Flats Fry, all on 3lb leader. With the SX-40’s he ripped them hard, letting them drop off near some old logs and rocks, as well as sandy drop-offs. With the Towadi surface lures, he used a twitching retrieve action, and with the Lake Police Flats Fry a fairly moderate retrieve.
Byron Blain and son Jared shared the trip with Dion, and they got on to the bream as well. They used Gulp Sandworms in camo colour rgged on a fair size jig-head, then simply let the current do the work with great results. They agreed that the slack between tides was the best bite time. Their best bream was 43 cm long and on one day alone Dion caught over 30 bream over 32 cm. Thankfully he is great believer of catch and release.
Byron and Jared fished their secret snag again for a couple of good perch. Perch reports are coming in from Nelson up to Lasletts Landing, 17km upstream.
Mulloway have been disappointing, more so in size than numbers. The most consistent reports are coming from around Princess Margaret Rose Caves, 14.6km upstream, and the odd ones either 5-7km either side.
Along the coast from here to Port MacDonnell, there has been has been good fishing for snapper, gummy sharks, thresher sharks, snook, salmon and mulloway. Offshore in 100m there are teraki, knife-jaw, flathead, gummies, mako sharks and some fantastic Tasmanian trumpeter to 5kg. Best baits have been pilchard, octopus and fresh fish strips. Often a cocktail of each will help pick up your strike rate.
Tuna gossip has started already, with the sighting of a school off from Beachport in South Australia, and another sighting near Portland. We are taking bookings for accommodation from March and April. Nelson is a good spot to be based as it gives you an easy 40–60 minute drive to either Port MacDonnell or Portland.
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Dion Vale with two of the many bream he caught on lures in the Glenelg River. Bream fishing has been very consistent and should remain that way in February.Reads: 843