Prepare for Tamar River snapper and water conditions improve
  |  First Published: December 2012

The Tamar river fishing has started to improve as the water temperature has really started to rise.

With this great start to the summer season many anglers have been getting out in the fresh air mainly targeting southern calamari.

Low Head

Low Head has been fishing really well with many southern calamari being taken in most of the areas that sea grass can be found. The most productive areas so far have been Lagoon Beach, Low Head Lighthouse and the East Beach area.

Local fishers have been having some great catches with one particular squid jig which is a Sasuke Squid jig from Arafura Tackle. These jigs are not very expensive but seem to perform well in the Low Head area. Try them as they really do work well.

Good schools of barracouta have also turned up. Boat and shore based anglers have had some great fun with them. They have been up to around 80 cm in length. Most have been catching them on silver slice lures but the wharf fishos have been taking ‘couta by drifting a whole or half Pilchard down a berley trail. High tide seems to be the most productive tide for the ‘couta.

Also Low Head this month is normally the month that the mako sharks turn up offshore. Many anglers are keenly waiting for them to arrive.

Batman Bridge

The water temperature has risen and the dirty floodwaters have subsided. Australian salmon schools have been prolific of late. Local angler Steve Robinson of Deviot had a good day around the Batman Bridge area and managed to catch a nice brace of the salmon. They were all good eating size.

This time of year is also a great time for the big snapper which frequent the waters around the Batman Bridge. The bigger snapper come into the estuary to feed and breed. Snapper up to 12kg can be taken at this time of year when the water is warming up.

Once the water temperature gets too hot the bigger fish tend to go off the bite but the smaller school fish seem to be more prolific.


It is fishing well inside and outside the estuary. Inside big Black Bream are starting to show up and have been taken in recent weeks up to 1.6kg.

Outside there are plenty of southern sand flathead. They are being taken out around the 20-30m mark.

Local fishers have been catching most on the Silstar pink and white Jig-Em rigs spiced up with a bit of squid.

Author Damon Sherriff with an 11.7kg early season Tamar River snapper.

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