Tamar Estuary comes to life
  |  First Published: November 2011

The Tamar estuary has started to hot up. The fishing has improved over the past weeks with the water temperature coming up to around 15C

Low Head

Michael Dodge of George Town reports of good Australian salmon just inside the Tamar Heads near Kelso. The salmon that he has been taking have been taken in very shallow water very close to the shore. His preferred lure is a short piece of clear plastic tubing.

Salmon seem to love this very simple homemade lure and will often take it before a shiny silver slice lure. These salmon have been around 1kg. He also reports that offshore is still a bit quiet with the flathead a bit small and the gummy sharks have been a bit quiet.

George Town

Anglers fishing off the Pier pontoon have been catching some good fish of late. Yellow eye mullet, Australian salmon and southern calamari have been the main species being taken. The calamari seem to be fishing best around the top of the tide and at the end of the day.

The most popular squid jig is the Pioneer Power Squid Jig in Lumo colour with the Tiger Prawns in the lime green also a good choice.

Upper Tamar

Sea trout are still being taken around the Launceston area, with one angler having a very successful trip, landing five beautiful sea trout at the Tailrace pontoon using garden worms for bait, with the biggest weighing in at 1.5kg.

The whitebait run has been a bit late this year, which is probably due to the floods we have had over the last few months, but they are just starting to make an appearance. Better late than never!

On the coast

Beechford is still fishing well for those surf anglers brave enough to venture out. Barry Messenger reports of some nice Australian salmon being taken, and he has been having plenty of success using green and white poppers.

He also mentioned that it is about the time that the southern blue spotted flathead appear along the north coast beaches. They turn up around this time of year as the water temperature starts to rise. They are a great sport fish on light tackle and are a fantastic table fish.

Curries River Dam

The dam has been fishing ok! The persistent anglers are the ones that reap the rewards at Curries. Curries is a put and take fishery and has no spawning creeks. It depends on the Inland Fisheries Service to keep the fish stocks up.

Lately it has not been stocked as heavily as other waters and the fish levels seem to be a bit low. It has been stocked with juvenile fish but some anglers believe that they become food for the existing trout and the cormorants.

It would be good to see it stocked with some adult fish, but anglers that put in the time do quite often get rewarded, as there are some monster trout that live in the dam.

The best lures this season have been Wigston’s Tasmanian Devils in the colours #80, #51, #54 and #43.

Soft plastics in the Yep Tassie Tackle range in the 3” Flickbait ready-rigged in the colour Honeyseed and Homebrew have been standouts with the old faithful garden worms out-fishing wattle grubs.

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