Although fishing does slow down this time of year in the Tamar Valley there are some good winter species that anglers can target successfully during the colder months.
Low Head is receiving a great run of good size Australian salmon up to 2.25kg. Anglers have had a lot of success trolling plastics and silver slice lures around the Low Head lighthouse and the East beach area.
The most productive lures have been Strike Tiger 4” grubs in the colour Whitebait and Gilles Whitebait Pilchard lures.
Some anglers have also been targeting gummy sharks offshore. They have been doing well on Silstar Jig-em rig in the 9cm pink and white. They have been spicing it up with a little strip of squid.
An amazing recent report was a report of a southern bluefin tuna being sighted off Low Head by a very good customer of ours. He was mako shark fishing 16km off Low Head. He was berleying when he hooked up to a large mako. While the crew where fighting the shark they saw in the distance what they thought was a pod of dolphins jumping. As they moved in closer for a look they saw bluefin tuna jumping not dolphins.
The second report was from another customer who has a friend working on one of the gaslines which runs across Bass Strait. The crew reports they saw 100kg bluefin everyday they were at sea, about 32km offshore. We can only hope that we may see the first bluefin taken off Low Head at some stage.
George Town has been a bit quiet of late. The main species anglers have been catching from the shore are jack mackerel and barracouta. Most captures have been made from the George Town Pier pontoon. The ‘couta have mainly been taken on pilchards drifting down a berley trail. The only problem being that they are very wormy and not very palatable.
Land-based anglers have been eagerly waiting for the winter run of blue warehou or snotty trevally as they area also known. They provide great sport for both land-based and boat anglers as they travel in large schools and the action can be fast and furious.
There has only been a couple of reports of fish caught so we can only hope they turn up soon.
The Batman Bridge area has had some small Australian salmon taken recently. The schools have been moving around the area with the different stages of the tide.
On a recent fishing trip with my youngest son Sam we had a very unusual catch. On a hot bite of pinkie snapper he pulled up something I have never seen or heard of being caught in the estuary: a small jackass morwong which is a species found offshore in deep water, not 30km up river.
I have asked some of the old salts around the river area and none of them have heard of morwong found in the Tamar.
Hopefully in the future we might see fish like taken off Low Head.Reads: 1549