Fishing picks up as warm water changes species mix
  |  First Published: December 2012

The fishing has picked up in the last month or so, and can be expected to really fire up from now.

Some calm weather has allowed anglers to get off shore and catch some really nice fish. The water temperature had risen to around 17C in early December which has bought some warm water species on the bite.

Low Head

Low Head has been fishing really well. Anglers mainly targeting mako sharks have had the most success. Many of the makos caught have been around 100kg but one particular shark weighed in at 230kg.

The best spots seem to be around 50-7m straight out off Low Head. Some anglers have great success berleying with minced Atlantic salmon.

There have also been many sightings of the elusive great white shark. They have been swimming up the berley trails and harassing the boaties by biting their berley pots and engines. One particular angler estimated the great white that was hanging around his boat at around 5m.

Anglers should note that great whites are a protected species world wide and cannot be targeted.

Local angler Nathan Phillips has been catching some nice flathead off Low Head. His daughter Lilly caught one Flathead that measured 54cm.

George Town

George Town has been fishing well. Australian salmon have been taken regularly by anglers spinning from the shore around the monument at George Town. The fish haven’t been that big but were still a perfect table size.

There have also been catching some lovely Atlantic salmon that had recently escaped from the fish farm at Long Reach.

Southern calamari are still going well around the George Town area and also Low Head. The number 1 squid jigs have been Sasuke jigs in 3”. Best colours have been the Gold Camo and Pink Camo.

Beauty Point

Beauty Point is fishing well with the escapee Atlantics being taken by local anglers around Shag Rock. They don’t seem too fussy with baits that they are taking as they have been caught on both lures and bait. Fish have been up to about 4kg.

Local fishing identity Quade Geale had a successful fishing session around Shag Rock. He landed 34 flathead but only four were over the legal size limit of 30cm. He also caught a lovely barracouta and two gurnard using squid for bait and fishing on the run-out tide.


Beechford beach anglers have been doing well on Australian salmon from the surf. Bluebait and squid are the preferred baits. Some nice southern blue spotted flathead are also being taken by the beach anglers. They have been of good size up to 3kg in weight.


It’s been fishing well with some nice southern sand flathead up to 55cm are being taken by boat anglers. The best depth seems to be around the 30m mark. Gummy sharks are also being taken by the flathead fishos and have been of a good size as well.

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