We have survived most of the winter virtually unscathed apart from the colds and influenza that seems mandatory to add to the winter slog.
But things have started to change for the better, the days have lengthened out giving us more daylight and recent days have been fine and sunny. While not very warm yet, it is a reminder of the good times to come. With the wet winter and the rivers in constant flood it has given the whole estuary system complete flush out and creating ideal fishing conditions.
The entrance is now deep and wide, allowing huge volumes of water to surge in and out of the estuary. With all that water coming in, big schools of bream, luderick and mullet have entered and moved throughout the system. Many anglers have reported catching good-size luderick along the rock groins, around the islands and along the mud banks. Most anglers are managing to capture their bag limit of 10. Best results have been had using sandworm under a float or using sandworm with a running sinker. Big schools of mullet have infiltrated the whole system.
Reports have come in of mullet being taken up in both the Snowy and Brodribb Rivers, up in both lakes and around the islands as well as along the fore shore at Marlo. Best results on sandworm or Dynabait. The anglers who target bream are reporting it is the best bream fishing for many years, with many reports of bream over 2kg being captured, and of course released to breed another day. Black bream can be taken all year round in our estuary making them our bread and butter fish and a stable in our area.
Reports of bream being taken from the entrance at Marlo up and around the islands and into Lake Corringle. Good-size bream are also on the bite up the Brodribb and up into Lake Curlip. At this stage they haven’t moved up into the Snowy River but by September I am sure they will moved a fair way up towards Orbost. There is no special bait to catch bream as they take advantage of the season and area they are in and take many different types of bait.
Some of the most used baits are sandworm, live prawn, frozen prawn, local shell bait, pipis, freshwater yabbies, Bass yabbies and local black crab.
Anglers using soft plastic lures are getting plenty of flathead along the sand flats at Marlo. One of our up-and-coming young lure anglers Michael Watts captured an 3.5kg flathead that he proudly released. With plenty of salmon and tailor coming in with the tide anglers are having plenty of action using lures on light gear.
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