Tamar River really firing
  |  First Published: December 2011

The Tamar River is really starting to fire up. The water temperature has jumped up to a balmy 17°C that really gets the fish going.

Low Head

Low Head area has been fishing well. Big Australian salmon up to 2.5kg have been taken off the Low Head breakwater. Land-based anglers have mainly been catching them on silver slices and small soft plastics. The run-out tide seems to be the most productive.

The calamari have finished spawning and have gone a bit quiet but good numbers of arrow squid have turned up with the warmer water.

George Town

George Town has also hotted up with big salmon being taken by land-based anglers. The Monument (which is at the end of the main street) seems to be the hot spot at the moment.

Local angler Lindsay Fenner had a great trip there recently where he caught 10 Australian salmon up to 2.5kg, which is a pretty good effort for off the rocks.

His preferred lure is a Halco 20gm Twisty. He mentioned that the salmons’ stomachs were full of anchovies.

Boat anglers have been doing well on the big salmon up around Shag Rock up near Beauty Point.

Bell Bouy

Bell Buoy beach has been fishing well. There have been reports of several big King George whiting taken there lately. The whiting were caught in the same area that anglers’ fish for Australian salmon, which is near a large sea grass bed.

Anglers have been accidentally catching them on squid and bluebait. It would be great to see more anglers actually target them, as they are such a great table fish.


My family recently had another camping trip to Bridport with some friends where we had a few great night beach fishing sessions. After many small frustrating bites Quade finally hooked up on a solid fish.

After a short hard fight he bought a lovely 2.5kg southern blue spotted flathead onto the rocks.

He was wrapped with his great catch. He was using fresh squid for bait.

We had several trips out in the boat but really struggled. The southern Sand flathead were mainly quite small and light on the ground.

We managed to catch some nice calamari on our last day there. The water temperature at Bridport was a bit colder than at the Tamar heads.

With the weather starting to warm up we can look forward to some good fishing to come.

Quade Geale with a 2.5kg blue spotted flathead caught off the beach at Bridport.

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