Big bass bagged
  |  First Published: July 2008

Winter has arrived, the days are getting shorter and the weather is making it harder to tackle the elements. The fish are still there though, maybe not in the numbers of the warmer months, but they are there waiting for the keenest anglers.

Luke Janson and Lionel Christy, fishing off Cape Conran, bagged 20 flathead and four gummy sharks. These blokes seem to be doing things right as on another occasion, when nearly every boat had a poor haul, they managed eight flathead, two gurnard and four gummy sharks, all caught on Jig-Em lures with a little bait to sweeten the deal.

George Peachy and Roy Herbert, also fishing off Cape Conran, caught a good bin of fish. Roy was the champ landing a 1.2m gummy shark as soon as the fishing began. Then they moved in closer, into 24m of water, where they proceeded to land 35 big flathead using Jig-Em lures with a touch of bluebait. The gummy was also caught on the Jig-Em lure.

Both the Snowy and Brodribb rivers have seen good catches of bream, luderick, estuary perch and mullet. Dick Light caught a bag of good-sized mullet just below Gilberts Gulch using sandworm at full tide. Digger Howard, fishing with his daughter and her boyfriend, caught a good bag of bream using sandworm. The biggest was 48cm and was released.

Roy Herbert, fishing near the entrance to the Slips, caught bream and luderick up to 42cm, again using sandworm. The rock groynes around the Second Island are holding plenty of big luderick. Many of the local anglers have been bagging out using sandworm either under a float or with a running sinker rig.

Lewis Mooney from Bairnsdale caught a trophy wild bass near the Snowy Bridge using an Ecogear SX-40F. It measured 54cm and weighed 2.3kg.

Brett Morrison fishing with a mate in the Brodribb caught a good bag of estuary perch up to 55cm, using long tail minnows. The biggest perch were released.

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).

Lewis Mooney, from Bairnsdale, caught this 2.3kg wild bass near the Snowy Bridge using an Ecogear SX-40F.

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