Warming water sparks an increase in action
  |  First Published: September 2012

The Tamar River has been very quiet due to the cold water temperatures and the big amounts of fresh water caused by heavy rain, although milder conditions of late have improved things.


It has also been a bit quiet in this area of late. There have been some Australian salmon schools swimming up and down the river with the tide. They have been of good size around the 1.5kg. The best spots have been off the Ainslie units at Low Head in shallow water.

A lot of the time there doesn’t seem to be birds on them, so don’t be put off by lack of surface action. Another good spot of late has been around the Love Island area just North of George Town. Big salmon have been taken from the shore and boats. Silver slices and small soft plastics that resemble the baitfish they are feeding on are working the best.


The Beechford flathead king, Gary Maurer and friend Aaron Richardson had a great trip recently. Heading to the Weymouth boat ramp and caught some beautiful southern sand flathead, tiger flathead and one nice gummy shark. What a great trip!


Normally September sees a continuation of the great southern calamari. They spawn in the shallow sea grass beds found all the way along the coast of Tasmania.

Squid are normally large adults and can weigh up to 4kg!

That’s a lot of calamari rings in one fish. So now is the time to grab those jigs, check your gear and get the boat down to the ramp.


Bridport has been fishing well of late with some good catches of blackback salmon being taken east towards Barnbougle golf Club.

Flathead are also hitting well.

Anglers are having morning success close to the beach, with most of the flathead in only 10m of water. Best bait has been squid and fish fillets.


Curries River Lagoon has been open for a month now and as usual the fishing is tough but rewarding. Fly fishers look forward to some midge feeding trout on calm days and the lure fishing is always worth the effort as some of the trout here are quite large.

Flathead off the coast have been very rewarding.

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