Fish go the raw prawns
  |  First Published: December 2008

The whole system is booming! The prawns are schooling in the shallows along the foreshore at Marlo. Although they are only bait size, it won’t be long until they are eating size. With the prawns about, the fish seem to be everywhere.

Bream, luderick, mullet and estuary perch are up both rivers and in the lakes. Salmon and tailor are creating plenty of action for the lure fisher.

The Marlo entrance has closed due to low flow in the Snowy River. This means we will be in for a bumper prawn season, because when they mature they can’t run to sea – meaning there will be plenty for everyone.

The surf beaches are all fishing well with salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet and shark on the chew. Offshore from Cape Conran the fishing is also firing, with anglers making good catches of flathead, gurnard, leatherjacket, barracouta and gummy shark.

The Snowy is producing good bags of bream, luderick, mullet and estuary perch. The fishing platforms along the river have been popular, with good bags of luderick taking sandworm and good-sized bream taking frozen prawn.

The snags are holding good schools of estuary perch. Colin Weir caught four rippers on live prawn. Other anglers are having good results with estuary perch using lures.

Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron were here on their annual fishing trip and had a wonderful time with many fish caught. Their biggest bream weighed 1.62kg, with many just under.

Drew Anderson and his family have been catching a lot of bream and luderick up the Brodribb River above Cabbage Tree Creek. Drew’s 14-year-old daughter bagged a 44cm bream on sandworm, while Danny Large and Dean Hearl have been doing likewise in the same area.

The surf beaches are producing good-sized salmon and, at last, some good-sized gummy sharks. Luke Light and Richard Davies, fishing Corringle Beach, have both bagged good-sized gummy sharks using squid legs for bait.

Dick and Dot Trelor, also fishing Corringle, have been getting good-size salmon using bluebait, poppers and metal lures early in the morning.

Offshore from Cape Conran the fishing is good, but it will get even better when the warm currents arrive and the water warms up. Then baitfish will arrive, followed by the predators – and then the fun will begin.

In the meantime offshore anglers will have to be content with catches of flathead, gurnard, leatherjacket, barracouta and gummy sharks; many boats have been getting full bins. Tony Perkins, fishing with his young fellow, bagged a bin of big flathead, big leatherjacket and a good size gummy shark.

Local Orbost angler Justin Gray with 5kg snapper he caught offshore from Cape Conran.

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