Tamar Comes Alive
  |  First Published: December 2011

The Tamar has finally come to life after a quiet winter.

The fishing has been picking up week by week with the main species anglers targeting are southern calamari and Australian salmon.


Low Head has been firing with big southern calamari. Many anglers have been doing extremely well around the sea grass beds. The best catches of calamari have been around the lighthouse and Lagoon Beaches areas. The best tide to target them been around the high tide change.

The weird thing people can’t understand is the size. Normally the average size is around the 1kg mark but this year the average is around the 1.5kg mark with some monsters weighing around the 3kg mark. The squid jigs that are working varies from day to day, but anything with cloth over a gold base seems to be doing really well as does lime green.

My son Jack and I had a trip recently where we caught 27 calamari between us. We took them home and weighed our catch on the bathroom scales and were very surprised to see our catch weigh in at 25kg.

Australian salmon are still present around the heads as well as some good size barracouta.

Inside the estuary it still has been a bit quiet but some good Australian salmon schools have been around the Batman Bridge.

Best lures have been small silver slices and soft plastics that represent whitebait. There has also been quite a turn of big seven-gill sharks in the river which must be returned to the water unharmed as the Tamar is a complete ray and shark nursery.


Some very respectable southern black bream have been taken from the Pipers River. I have heard of great reports of bream up to 46cm in length and many other nice fish being taken as well.

Most of the bream have taken on prawns and crabs. The run-in tide seems to be the most productive.


It has been fishing well with good catches of southern blue spotted flathead and Australian salmon. Anglers have been catching most of the fish on either bluebait or squid.

Popping bugs in the colours green and blue have been working well. The best area of the beach seems to be the Eastern end as it seems to be a bit deeper.

Some anglers are waiting for the return of the King George whiting that some anglers caught off Beechford last spring and summer.

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