It’s on again!
  |  First Published: May 2008

Offshore, it is on again. With the warmer water, the baitfish have arrived, and with them the predators that live and feed upon them.

Schools of slimy mackerel, salmon and striped tuna are everywhere, making it a very exciting time of year. Gurnard, flathead, squid, leatherjacket, gummy sharks and morwong are still being taken in good numbers. The estuary is producing loads of bream, luderick, mullet, travally, salmon and tailor, with good size dusky flathead as well. The surf beaches are holding plenty of salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet and shark.

David Morosi had a day to remember catching many striped tuna, all around 5kg, using silver lures. Warren Fenner, fishing with his two nephews, bagged a bin of flathead, striped tuna and a 45kg mako shark. Two of Warren’s nephews bagged their first ‘stripys’ after quite a struggle. Owen Keen and Ken Voss caught a bin of big flathead and bagged out on gummy sharks. Peter and Sharon Kurrle did the same. Joe and Pauline Connelly caught a bin of flathead, striped tuna and a big blue shark measuring 2.5m.

The fishing in the rivers and estuary is still awesome, with bream being caught from the Snowy Bridge to the entrance. The Brodribb River is firing too, with beam, luderick, mullet and estuary perch being caught from Lake Curlip to the sea.

Local angler Dick Wilkinson has been bagging up to four bream an outing on the Marlo side of the Snowy Bridge, with the bream up to 42cm. He has used baits of frozen prawn. Joe Farley and friends, fishing between the Little Snowy and the cut through, bagged out on bream, luderick and mullet. Joe started fishing at about 11am and finished a little after 1pm – that’s good hooking.

Geoff McEwan from Hampton Park (and part-time resident of Orbost) bagged the fish of a lifetime, a bream weighing 2.1kg, on black crab just below the boat ramp in the Brodribb. Lionel Christy fishing with live prawn bagged out on bream near the lake. Other good catches have been reported from near Bream Point and Ross Bank.

The surf beaches are all producing plenty of action with salmon, tailor, flathead and shark on the chew. Best bait is bluebait, squid legs and pilchards, while surf poppers are effective too. Salmon and tailor are also taking metal lures. Many of the salmon and tailor are 2kg plus.

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).

Geoff McEwan with a 2.1kg bream he caught in the Brodribb River using a bait of black crab.

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