Finally spring is here. The warmer weather is just around the corner and soon the whole fishing cycle will begin again.
The prawns will begin to mature and venture out of hiding, and as they get bigger will move down towards the entrance ready to run to sea. That is the time all the predators come out of the lakes, rivers and sea for their annual feast.
Already the bream have appeared on their winter spawning run, along with big schools of mullet that are now throughout the whole system. Along the surf beaches plenty of salmon are moving in good-sized schools, with some measuring 65cm. Offshore from Cape Conran the fishing has quietened down a tad but, weather permitting, anglers are getting good size flathead, gurnard and shark.
The fishing had slowed down, but in the last few weeks anglers have reported some good catches and weighed in luderick and bream up to 1.6kg. Even in the last week it has livened up plenty with lots of good catches reported.
Harvey Ingram called in for sandworm at 8am and by 10.30am he was back with a great bin of fish: bream, luderick and mullet. He had five bream over 40cm and six luderick almost as big, all caught on sandworm fishing from a platform on the Snowy River.
Matt Walsh, fishing the Brodribb River with his brother and mates, caught another good bin of fish, including an estuary perch weighing 1.67kg and three bream to 1.36kg. They also caught mullet, all on sandworm.
Roy Herbert, another local angler, caught bags of bream, luderick, mullet, trevally and tailor on his last two outings, again all on sandworm.
The surf beaches have seen plenty of salmon on the chew. Dick and Dot Trelor have been getting their share on most of their outings to Corringle Beach, using bluebait, poppers and silver lures. Offshore Cape Conran is still fishing, well weather permitting.
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).
Matt Walsh with a 1.67kg estuary perch he caught in the Brodribb River on sandworm.Reads: 723