Fishing is child’s play at Marlo
  |  First Published: March 2008

For several months I have been saying that the fishing at Marlo couldn’t be any better. Well, I was wrong! The fish are everywhere, and in big numbers. Many big fish are being caught in the estuary, rivers and lakes.

Prawns are running from the Marlo Jetty to Frenchs Narrows, with many of eating size. The surf beaches are also firing, with catches of salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet and shark. Fishing from the rocks at Cape Conran is producing good catches of pinky snapper, wrasse and tailor. Offshore anglers have been tangling with plenty of flathead, gurnard, salmon, leatherjacket, pinky snapper, morwong and gummy sharks.

The fishing platforms along the Snowy River are great spots to take the kids fishing for bream, luderick, and estuary perch on bait, as well as salmon and tailor on lures. Some of the successful youngsters include Ethan Park, aged 11 from Buffalo, who fished the loch end of the Snowy and bagged a bream of 1.60kg using frozen prawn. Quinn Christy, aged 10, fishing from a boat in the same area, bagged a bream of 1.52kg using prawn. Jess Sanna, aged 5, landed a big luderick to outclass his dad Jamie. Jonty Stewart aged 9 bagged a good-sized bream and a luderick, fishing near Bream Point using sandworm.

The Marlo Jetty has been going off, with good catches of bream, luderick, mullet, salmon and tailor. The Marlo Esplanade has also seen good catches of bream and luderick. Errin McDonald, fishing with Rebecca Farley, caught a mixed bag of bream and luderick. Errin had the biggest a luderick of 1.18kg, while Rebecca caught a bream of 920g. Both were caught on baits of sandworm.

Colin Weir, one of the keenest local anglers, has been bagging out on estuary perch, bream and luderick. Paul Lavell, Allan Carpenter and Tony Munday, fishing near Lake Corringle, caught 18 bream. The following night they went and fished Corringle Beach and bagged out on gummy sharks.

Luke Light and Chris Davis, fishing from Corringle Beach, landed 11 gummy sharks between them. As we all should know, the catch limit for gummy sharks is two per angler, so most of theirs were released to be caught again another day. Trent Healey also caught his two gummy sharks, both over 1m and caught on baits of squid.

Offshore, the fishing is hotter than ever with catches of flathead, gurnard, pinky snapper, morwong, nannygai, leatherjacket, flying gurnard and shark. Warren Fenner, fishing off Marlo, had a very good day catching a bin full of flathead, flying gurnard, nannygai and a big blue shark that measured 2.3m.

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).


Young Will Herbert with a 9lb flathead he caught with a little help from big brother Jack and father Paul.

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