Water warm and full of life
  |  First Published: March 2012

The Tamar River and offshore have been fishing really well.

The water is warm and full of life! Big schools of baitfish such as sauries and anchovies are attracting many big predators around the heads and into the estuary.

The water temperature is as warm as I have seen it sitting on around 23C inside the estuary and outside around 20C.

Low Head

The main target species at the moment are mako sharks. They have been taken in recent weeks up to 110kg, with many around the 30-60kg.

The most productive spot being around the 50-60m line. The beautiful weather has also helped the mako angler allowing them more days on the water.

Inshore at Low Head anglers have had some great results on King George whiting. I have heard many reports of whiting up to 2-3kg in weight. They seem to be increasing in numbers every year.

The best spots to target them are Bell Buoy Beach, Lagoon Beach and the Low Head breakwater. The best baits have been squid, pipis and nippers.

It’s great to see them increasing in numbers as they are one of the best eating fish in the sea.

There are still good numbers of arrow squid being taken by anglers. They have been very broadly spread and are not in any one particular spot. It seems that they are feeding on the big schools of anchovies.

Inside the estuary, small schools of Australian salmon have been swimming up and down the river with the tide.

There are still some snapper being taken by those persistent anglers.

One local snapper angler had a great trip recently landing two nice fish, the biggest weighing 6.8kg and the other at 4.7kg. Both fish were taken after dark on fresh bait. The snapper in the estuary seem to be a bit bigger this year has previous years. Around the Batman Bridge area seems to still be the best area for the bigger fish.


Flathead are being taken in good numbers but the size seems to be a little smaller than normal. The most productive depth seems to be around 15-25m. Blue spot flathead are still being taken hard up against the shore. Most are being taken on squid and bluebait, but some anglers are still doing well using soft plastics near the mouth of the Brid River, with the run-out tide often the best. Mako sharks have also been going steadily at Bridport as well.

Fish up to 110kg have been taken in the last couple of weeks. It’s good to see so many small makos around: they seem to be quite abundant this year.

Plenty of boats have been enjoying the great weather to chase fish around West Head.

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