The Tamar has been fishing reasonably well with the water temperature sitting around 20C.
Massive schools of blue slimy mackerel have entered the estuary. They have invaded most areas of the upper Tamar. They haven’t been fussy with which baits or lures that they take. Some anglers have been catching their bag limit and possession limit of 30 fish.
The best land based spots have been The Pier pontoon in George Town, Clarence Point pontoon, Garden Island and Inspection Head Wharf at Beauty Point. Although the Mackeral are not regarded as a great eating fish they do smoke up quite well!
Even with the abundance of mackerel a lot of other species have been very quiet such as snapper, yellowtail kingfish and mako sharks. Hopefully we will see good numbers turn up before the end of the season.
This area has also been a bit more quiet than normal. Small cocky salmon have been hanging around this area on the run-out tide. Some large seven-gill sharks are also in the area but you must remember that they must be released back unharmed as the estuary is a complete shark and stingray nursery.
King George whiting are still biting well. Many anglers have been taking them from the shore as well as from boats. The best bait so far has been squid. The larger baits have been snagging the nice big fish that around the 60cm mark.
Local angler Kevin Shields of George Town has had a very successful trip bagging two nice whiting from the flats north of Kelso. The whiting were both beauties measuring 48-60cm. There have been quite a few others taken around the same sizes.
I had a trip recently with a couple of friends from Victoria, Chris and Tom to Port Sorell to target some bream. We managed to catch four beautiful bream and lost a few others. The two biggest that we landed weighed in at 1.91kg and 2.06kg respectively. We also landed a massive blue spotted flathead which weighed 1.75kg.Reads: 4050