The water temperature has dropped dramatically down to a fresh 11C. This has caused the fishing to slow down. But for the keen winter angler there is still some fun to be had.
Some good Australian salmon have been taken just outside the Tamar River mouth towards East Beach. Some local anglers have been doing well trolling small silver slice lures very close to the shore. The salmon have been of good size up to 2kg. Just west of Low Head has also been giving up some good catches of barraouta. They are being caught around the Port Sorrell area and have been of good size. Anglers have been mainly trolling for them with Smiths jigs and silver slices. The ‘couta have not been wormy so they have been great to eat. Just remember when targeting ‘couta it is best to use a wire trace.
The middle reaches of the Tamar will start to come to life during the next month as a run of whitebait will start to appear and following them some large river sea run trout. They can be caught all through the estuary but the most productive spots are upstream of Batman Bridge.
Sea Trout can be seen around the schools of whitebait, usually near the beds of sea grass. They can be targeted with all fishing methods successfully. The sea trout we encounter are normally large and can be up to 10kg.
Fishing has been a bit quiet of late with a few small salmon being taken by shore and land-based anglers. Land-based anglers have had a bit of a handicap recently with the number one pontoon being pulled out for maintenance. The other pontoon is a bit shallower and not quite as productive.
It’s been a bit quiet but I did see a photo in the shop recently of a beautiful King George whiting. It was taken off the beach recently and was a good size about 50cm. The angler caught it during a night fishing session on a strip of squid.
For some of us it’s the time of year to take a break from fishing and prepare for the up coming season. Working in a tackle shop I get quite busy doing winter reel services and rod repairs; some anglers even stock up their tackle boxes with all the lost gear from the previous season. Now is the time to drop in your favourite gear and get it back in to prime condition for the up coming season.
I also normally get the admiralty charts out and try to find that new magic spot which might be your new upcoming favourite spot for the future season.Reads: 2593