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Big whiting appear in force as summer species dominate
  |  First Published: February 2013



The Tamar estuary has really started to pick up, with many warm water species appearing in the river of late.

Low Head fishing has been terrific. King George whiting have appeared in force, with local anglers having some great success around the area.

The best spots are around the sea grass beds with the beach anglers having the most success.

Best baits are pipis, squid and nippers. Whiting have been of good size up to around 60cm long. Lagoon Beach, Pilot Beach, Bell Buoy and Beechford have been the best locations.

Beauty Point has also been fishing well with many pinkie snapper being reported.

Anglers have been catching them from Inspection Head Wharf.

Barracouta and Australian salmon have also been prolific from the wharf. Best baits have been frozen bluebait and squid.

Boat anglers have also been catching nice cocky salmon around Shag Rock. The most productive lures have been Halco Twistys in 15g and 20g, Spanyid Raiders and small whitebait lures.

The run-out tide is the most productive time to be on the water.

Curries River Dam at George Town has had anglers catching some good fish. Young angler Trent Rigney and his family have been catching some lovely rainbow trout up to 500g in weight.

They have had most success on spinning from the shore with winged lures. Pink Tasmanian Devils seem to the most popular lure.

Other anglers have had some success landing some good brown trout up to 2kg. These anglers have been catching them on mudeyes under a bubble float.

Bridport also has been fishing well. Some good sand flathead up to 45cm have been taken offshore. They seem to be thickest in a depth of 8-15m. Inshore some southern blue spot flathead have been taken from the beach in front of the caravan park.

Anglers are also catching some big leather jackets around Sisters Rocks, although I think you could target them around any of the shallow reefs along the coast. Squid is a great bait for them.

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