The cold weather has arrived and with the change of season the fishing has begun to slow. Fewer anglers are prepared to go out into the cold conditions, and as a result there are fewer reports. Having said that the fish are still around and the braver anglers are getting amongst them.
The surf beaches are producing plenty of winter salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet and sharks. Many anglers have been catching salmon and tailor on lures, but Kirk Laurence has done the best in nailing a 73cm tailor.
The Snowy and Brodribb rivers are both producing good catches of bream, luderick and mullet. Chris Davis bagged out on bream ranging from 30-42cm caught on sandworm near Lake Corringle. Colin Weir fished near the rock groynes along Second Island and bagged out on luderick using sandworm under a float.
With the cold weather the mullet arrive in big schools, and the locals are all to eager to get amongst them. Bert Norton and granddaughter, fishing near Gilberts Gulch, bagged out on mullet. Merv Light, fishing with his grandson, also bagged out in the same area.
Fishing offshore from Cape Conran, when the weather permits, has been great. Vincent Joiner, fishing with his son Lindsay and Harvey Ingram on his first outing for the year, caught a bin of big flathead and three gummy sharks using bluebait and mullet fillets. Mick Emery, fishing with Ash, bagged out on gummy shark down towards Corringle Beach. Roy Herbert has regularly been catching bins of flathead, pinky snapper, squid and gummy sharks. George Peachy fishing with some of his family has been getting plenty of flathead, gurnard, squid and shark, using bluebait.
Kirk Laurence braved the cold to catch this 73cm tailor from the beach. Winter is a great time for surf fishing.Reads: 632