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Snap up some spring fishing
  |  First Published: October 2011



Now that we are into spring and with summer soon to follow the water temperature is slowly beginning to warm up.

With longer hours of daylight and better weather there will be an increasing presence of a variety of summer fish including good sized snapper and calamari squid.

Fishing off the Lee break wall there has been some good catches of snapper between 1.5-6kg. Fishing around the tides has produced the best results, with bluebait being the best bait.

There has also been large calamari taken, which make great bait for kingfish when cut into strips and taste good too, when they are fresh. King George whiting, gummy shark, barracouta and salmon have also made their presence felt while fishing the Lee breakwater.

In and around the harbour, fishing off the marina calamari squid has been the main catch along with whiting, trevally and good sized snapper. Fishing the canal there has been catches of mullet, trevally, salmon and the occasional bream which is keeping young anglers keen while out fishing with mum and dad.

The north shore has been busy with anglers making good catches of gummy shark ranging from 5-8kg, seven-gill shark, snapper, salmon, King George whiting, squid, snook, garfish and the odd mulloway.

Snook have also been coming in from around the Lawrence Rock area. Fishing between Lawrence Rock and Blacknose there have been good catches of flathead, snapper and the odd King George whiting.

There has also been good reports and catches of morwong, coral perch, snapper, flathead, gurnard, gummy and school sharks for those venturing out between Cape Bridgewater and Cape Nelson lighthouse fishing in 40-110m of water.

As the season progresses mako sharks will begin to make their presence felt in and around this area for those who love the thrill of the hunt for these powerful fighting fish.

Good sized salmon are still being landed at Bridgewater bay, Crumpets and Pivot beach for those land-based anglers casting lures or bait fishing.

In the freshwater the Fitzroy and the Surrey rivers have both been producing good sized bream. There has also been some good sized redfin coming from Dartmoor and Bridgewater lakes. There have been good reports from the Glenelg River of bream and mulloway at the lower end of the river and mulloway up to 8kg at Taylors.

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