The winter has arrived again and with snow on the mountains the wind has turned very cold, and of course the winter rains will arrive very soon making it miserable to venture out fishing.
With the change of season it brings on the winter run of bream into the estuary, and on the surf beaches the winter salmon run giving us a variety of fishing options.
The Snowy and Brodribb river estuary system has fished well all year, and with a good entrance will still be fishing good for some time to come. Schools of bream can be found the entrance at Marlo up around the islands and into Lake Corringle, and up the Snowy all the way to the highway bridge at Orbost.
The same can be said about the Brodribb; bream can be found from the entrance all the way up to and into Lake Curlip. Big schools of luderick can be found hanging around the weed beds in the lower snowy at Marlo and around the rock groins around the islands and riverbanks and along the mud banks in both rivers.
Estuary perch are in good numbers and can be found holding on most snags and structures in both rivers. Mullet are still around in big schools and can be found through out most of the system. Huge schools of salmon and tailor can be found down towards the entrance, with the best fishing on the incoming tide, using metal lures.
Although the winter weather makes going off shore a day-to-day proposition, weather permitting the fishing is still very good. Reports have been coming in that yellowtail kingfish are still at Marlo Reef making many anglers wonder if they might stay in the area a lot longer than first thought. Anglers have been hooking up on a lot of occasions, many of the kings are only rats but most anglers have been able to get three or four size fish to take for the table.
The bread and butter fish are here all year round, and with plenty of flathead, gurnard, squid, pinkie snapper, morwong, salmon, barracouta and gummy shark are in good supply. The surf beaches are fishing well; anglers have been getting plenty of salmon and tailor using metal lures.
Other anglers have reported getting plenty of salmon using bluebait, whitebait, squid, and pipis: all accompanied with a popper. Fishing in the evening is the time for gummy sharks, anglers who brave the cold are getting some good results using squid legs, eel or fresh salmon fillets.Reads: 1044