Solid autumn fishing
  |  First Published: May 2012

Over the past month there has been plenty of action, both good and bad.

In the last report I mentioned some marlin being caught and suggested there might be more to come, well it happened, several more have been taken in our area, making us wonder how long they will remain in the area. Another exciting thing the yellowtail kingfish are also still here in good numbers giving anglers plenty of action on jigs, live baits and trolling lures.

Mako shark are still testing those anglers that target them. The sad thing is the launching facilities at Cape Conran, while they are good enough to take boats up to 6m, they are not adequate to take the bigger boats needed to venture out to the continental shelf that would make our area the best game fishing destination in Victoria.

The majority of anglers who fish for the table prefer to bottom bash and those anglers are in luck for there are still plenty of flathead, gurnard, pinkie snapper, morwong, squid, barracouta and gummy and school shark on the chew.

The surf beaches are also fishing well, and with big schools of Australian salmon and tailor patrolling the coastline; most anglers are getting their share. Best results are on bluebait, squid, glassies, and pilchards in conjunction with a popper. Anglers are also getting good results spinning silver lures with light tackle.

The bad news has been and gone, the river system has flooded twice in as many weeks, submerging all the low lying land along our river delta. The good news is with all that water the whole system has had a thorough flush out removing any stagnant water that had formed in the backwaters.

With the fast running water it has gouged out a deep entrance at Marlo, and again giving us safer access to the sea. With the deep entrance the tides are again pumping in and out like a huge bellows moving huge volumes of water on the tides.

Of course with the huge volume of water moving the whole system is renewing itself; schools of many species of fish have access to the waterways and are arriving in huge numbers. Bream are already here arriving on the first good tide, anglers have reported getting good bags of bream all the way from the entrance up to Lake Corringle, and up to Lake Curlip as well, most of the bream were caught on frozen prawn. By the time this goes to print the whole system will be teeming with all species of fish, yet again making our area a fishing paradise.

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