October estuary action
  |  First Published: October 2008

Winter is well and truly gone and spring is in the air. The bream are starting their spawning run and are appearing up all the rivers and creeks throughout the estuary system.

Schools of mullet have been doing the same, while luderick are hanging around the rock groynes along the riverbanks and islands. Estuary perch are holding up on the snags and along the weed beds in both rivers. Big schools of trevally, salmon and tailor can be found in the estuary.

The surf beaches have been fishing well with salmon to 3kg taken on bait, poppers and lures. Mullet and flathead are plentiful, and sharks are starting to appear, suggesting it won’t be long until they are here in numbers.

Offshore has been slow, with only a few flathead, gurnard and the occasional shark being taken.

Local lure fishers have been having plenty of sport, fishing the structures and weed beds. Greg Jerkins, fishing in the Snowy for bream using soft plastic lures, caught a monster measuring 50cm. He caught several other bream measuring up to 42cm. He also caught a few estuary perch, with one measuring 47cm. Greg’s mate Dennis also caught a good few bream and estuary perch using hardbodied lures. Greg and Dennis are catch and release anglers, who photograph their fish for proof and then release them.

Max Fletcher from Pakenham fishing the Brodribb River caught a ripper estuary perch using a diving hardbodied lure. The EP weighed 2.21kg: not a bad catch for a visitor.

Colin Weir, Len Jackson and John Fecondo are still nailing plenty of luderick along the rock groynes using bait of sandworm under a float.

Roy Herbert and George Peachy, on several outings fishing the Brodribb River, have been getting mixed bags of bream, luderick and mullet using baits of sandworm.

Robert Marthick and Allan Steel have also been getting in on the act, getting good bags of bream, luderick and mullet. Many other anglers have reported good catches throughout the system.

The surf beaches are all producing good-sized salmon and tailor, with some salmon over 3kg. Best baits are bluebait and whitebait, along with poppers and metal lures.

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).

Max Fletcher, a visitor from Pakenham, with 2.21kg estuary perch he caught in the Brodribb River on a hardbodied diving lure.

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