Low Head sharks keep anglers keen
  |  First Published: August 2012

The Tamar has really started to quiet down due to the very cold water temperature of around 10C.

While many anglers have packed up for the winter, there are some diehard anglers that continue to fish for the cold-water species.


Low Head has been fishing well. Local fishing identity Michael Dodge has been putting in some serious time chasing snotty trevally, but has had no joy so has given up for the season and has headed off shore to try his luck.

He had a few great trips where he managed to catch some really lovely gummy and seven-gill sharks, with the biggest weighing in at 50kg. He says the best spot seems to be around the 30m of water off Low Head. He has also caught the odd nice flathead.

Beechford angler Gary Maurer has had some great winter action as well. He mainly fishes around the Beechford area targeting flathead and gummy sharks.

He had a great trip just recently catching some good southern sand flathead and a nice tiger flathead. He also landed a great gummy shark which was enough to leave him with a nice esky of fillets.

Not bad for a winter fishing trip.


George Town has been a bit spasmodic with a mixture of reports of snotty trevally being very slow so far this season. There has only been a handful of catches being made. Catches of garfish have been reported being taken around the Garden Island area. They have been of good size with the larger ones being around the 50cm length. The mackerel have also gone a bit quiet but the yellow eye mullet are still biting well through the estuary.


Good schools of small cocky salmon have appeared around the Spring Bay area which is on the southern side of the bridge. They are also some being taken around the Redwood Bay area on the Northern side of the bridge.

I have seen the birds working on my way to work but there haven’t been a lot of boats on the water to take advantage of them. Good catches of cod and salmon are being taken from the Deviot pontoon. The most productive bait seems to be bluebait or squid.


Local anglers have been doing quite well on the Australian salmon from the shore. The salmon have been a good size to 1.7kg. The best spot has been the little rocky headland at the end of the main beach.

Spinning seems to be the most productive method. Best lures are Halco Raiders, Spanyids and whitebait coloured soft plastics.

Michael Dodge with a winter Low Head seven-gill shark.

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