Awesome season with estuaries full of fish.
  |  First Published: February 2013

We have had a fantastic start to the summer fishing season, by all reports the estuary is full of fish, the surf beaches are firing, and off shore the fishing is at its brilliant best.

With a start like that we are looking for a season out of the box. With all these fish around it is no wonder a female elephant seal decided to make Marlo jetty boat ramp her home while she goes through her summer moult. Local soon realised wild seals are no pets and its favourite dislike is dogs and people getting too close, when that happens, the seal roars and charges after them. Visitors will not have to worry the appropriate department have decided to relocate the seal very soon.

The prawning season has also began, as they mature they move from the lakes and backwaters down to the sand flats along the foreshore at Marlo to wait for the right moon to run out to sea. Already lots of people have taken their prawning gear out of storage and began to go out and gather some of this year’s crop.

As you would well imaging the fish are also doing a bit of gathering themselves. Schools of dusky flathead are along the sand flats lying in wait to ambush their share of the prawns. Anglers have been getting good results using soft plastic lures. Anglers have reported getting good size bream along the foreshore, fishing the shallows in the early morning on high tide, using frozen and fresh prawn.

Bream are scattered throughout most of the system, and anglers have been getting good captures from the entrance up to both lakes, and up the Snowy River all the way up to the bridge at Orbost. Best results on black crab, sandworm, live prawn, and fresh water yabbies, frozen prawn and lures. Schools of luderick are holding on most rock groins and mud banks, best results using sandworm or shrimp. Plenty of mullet have been caught using sandworm. Plenty of reports of estuary perch holding on most snags and structures, best results using live prawn under a float or both soft plastic and hardbodied lures.

Plenty of big trevally are scattered through the system. Best results using frozen prawn or salted bait. Schools of salmon and tailor are moving in with the tides and giving anglers plenty of action using lures

The surf beaches are firing, with big schools of salmon and tailor patrolling along the coast anglers are having no trouble getting their fair share on either bait or lures. One of the latest fads is paddling baits well off the beach on surf boards endeavouring to catch shark, and using land-based game gear.

The young lads using this technique have had some very interesting results, landing some bronze whaler shark over 2.4m. Off shore this fishing is just warming up the kingfish are here and taking lures and live bait.

Now we are all waiting with baited breath in anticipation of the marlin returning to our coastline.

Terrific Australian salmon action has been a feature of the surf beaches.

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