Kings, whiting and snapper
  |  First Published: April 2012

The Tamar River is fishing really well, with many species biting well due to the above average warmer water.

The water temperature is up to 26C inside the estuary and up to 22C out of the heads.

Low Head has been fishing really well offshore. Mako sharks have been prolific up to 110kg but most are averaging around 30-60kg. Local anglers Neil Dempsey and Rex Miekel have been tackling the makos a little differently of late. Neil is one of the local mako experts and has been taking local fly angler Rex out to try and catch one on the fly.

Rex has been using his 13weight fly rod with one of his own mako flies. After two trips the duo managed to land three nice makos on the long wand. Great effort!

We have had a couple of customers now talking about trading in their 24kg outfits for 13 weight fly rods for a bit of excitement. I think they may have started something!

It is great to see that most anglers are releasing their catches with quite a few people tagging them before letting them go. You must remember that there is a possession limit of only two fish.

We must look after these fish even though they have turned up in such big numbers this year. They may be small but just think that in a few years we will have some big sharks out here to have a bit of sporting fun with.

Good schools of slimy mackerel have also turned up offshore. They seem to be taking Spanyid Raiders and Sabiki rigs.

Inshore yellowtail kingfish are still on the cards. Anglers have been catching them by mainly trolling Halco Lazer Pro 190s and Halco Max 130s. Most of the kings have been around the 3kg mark.

Local George Town angler Michael Dodge had a very eventful trip on the kings recently. He was jigging with a soft plastic lure around the last Farewell Beacon at the Tamar River heads. Michael hooked what he thought was a kingfish of a lifetime. The king fought hard with lots of head shakes and taking long howling runs. After 15 minutes Michael reached for his landing net. He was trembling with anticipation to see colour of his big king, which he thought was in excess of 15kg.

All of a sudden it appeared! A 15kg baby sea lion popped up to the surface. He was shattered! Fortunately for the seal it spat the big soft plastic and swam off none the wiser!

Inside the estuary has been a bit quieter than at the heads but there has still been some nice King George whiting taken. They have been up to about 56cm in length.

Best baits seem to be pipis, squid and nippers. Best spots to target the whiting have been Lagoon Beach, Low Head breakwater and also the Kelso pontoon on the West Tamar. Around the high tide seems to be best.

Batman Bridge

Snapper are still being taken around the bridge area! Any of the bays out of the main stream current have been good spots to try.

Best baits are garfish, squid and pilchards and the fresher the better. The high tide at the end of the day is very productive.

Most fish are around the 4.5kg.

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