Surf Beaches see the gummy sharks turn up in numbers
  |  First Published: June 2013

The surf beaches have been fishing well, with plenty of salmon and tailor on the chew, but gummy sharks hadn’t come close to shore until now.

Even though the weather has cooled anglers are taking advantage of the late gummy run and are venturing out in the early evening when tide and weather permits to try and capture a couple for the table. Although it’s early days of the gummy run anglers have reported good results with many getting their bag on most occasions. Best results by using squid legs, eel and fresh salmon fillets.

Anglers have reported getting good bags of salmon and tailor on most of the surf beaches. Corringle is very popular with local anglers as it is the closest beach from Orbost the only drawback is there a lot of big sand dunes before you access the surf. Point Ricardo is a beach just east of Marlo is another popular spot that seems to hold a lot of tailor, and with easy access and a short distance to walk from the car park it is ideal for anglers who prefer not to climb over sand dunes.

There are another two beaches at Cape Conran; the beach at salmon rocks is also popular with surfers and anglers alike it runs from Point Ricardo all the way to Salmon Rocks a big expanse of sandy beach to the outcrop of rocks. The rocks are another perfect spot for those anglers preferring that kind of fishing. The other side of the cape is Conran beach that runs all the way to the Yeerung River giving anglers still many more miles of pristine beach to fish.

Off shore from Cape Conran is very popular and with access from the boat ramp at west cape it is ideal for those anglers who prefer not to cross the bar at the Snowy River entrance. Again the fishing has been excellent with plenty of flathead, gurnard, squid, barracouta, pinkie snapper and gummy shark on the chew, most anglers get a good bas of fish on most outings. For those who like a bit more action there are plenty of stripy tuna on the lookout for lures. Along with the stripy tuna are big schools of kingfish that are just waiting to do battle and try out the anglers and their gear.

The Snowy River estuary has been fishing well with big schools of bream, luderick, mullet, trevally, salmon, and tailor and the best of the river fish, estuary perch.

The surf beaches are starting to see an influx of gummy sharks.

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