Not as many anglers tend to fish here at this time of year as opposed to when the tuna and crayfish seasons are on but there is still plenty of action to be had whether you are into beach, estuary or offshore fishing.
What I particularly like about late winter is the weather can be very angler friendly, especially with no annoying big afternoon sea breeze that often ends the fishing sessions in the warmer months.
Not as many people venture offshore at this time of year but those who have are getting some nice gummy sharks and decent snapper in the 60-80m water along with the occasional samson fish still. I’m not sure where these samson fish came from as a few years ago they were pretty much unheard of out here.
The bream lakes at Robe have been fishing very well with some big bream being taken on soft plastics and baits such as whitebait, prawn and small fresh water yabbies. If chasing the bigger bream here, after dark off the jetty at Lake Battye is a very good option.
The beaches around Robe are still fishing very well for big Australian salmon with the most popular spots being the back beach and the many great beaches in the Little Dip park. Berleying with a few chicken pellets soaked in tuna oil and using pilchards or surf poppers on the high tide should easily see you getting stuck into some big salmon. There is always the chance of a mulloway along here as well.
Not far away from Robe, the Beachport area has been producing some great surf fishing with large numbers of big salmon about along with the odd mulloway and gummy shark. The popular salmon hole has been very consistent with lure and bait anglers taking some excellent salmon to 3kg. I like to fish the salmon hole on days of big swell as this is when the big schools of salmon take shelter in here.
The offshore bottom fishing has been excellent in 40-100m with a variety of fish on offer such as morwong, blue eye and some great catches of gummy and school shark. Some very large samson fish are still being caught here with a 20kg fish coming in recently.
The terrific run of southern bluefin tuna we have enjoyed here for the last few months looks like it is now over with only the odd tuna getting caught lately but wow, what a season it was! What made the season particularly interesting toward the tail end of it was the excellent catch of a wahoo just under 7kg taken on a trolled lure. Who knows just what other exotic fish species swim past here that we don’t know about, there’s a lot of water out there and we really only do just scratch the surface.
A number of small mulloway around 50-60cm have entered the river now that the mouth is open and have been providing a lot of fun on vibes and plastics down in the estuary. They move around a lot but once found the action can be fast and furious. The odd larger mulloway has also been about in the same area and will really test you out if you are lucky enough to come across one.
The bream and estuary perch fishing remains very good right from the mouth all the way up to Pritchards. The most popular areas have been at the caves, Donavans and at Sapling Creek but the fish do move around a lot here so every week is different. We haven’t had much rain and the water has remained fairly clear so most of the better bream and perch have been in the bankside structure providing great sport for lure and soft plastic flickers. I have been doing well simply casting small Z-man grub soft plastics and hardbodied lures at the rock ledges. Bait fishing with unweighted whitebait, live shrimp and crab has also been working.
On the incoming tide down toward the estuary if you are lucky enough to find an area of colour change in the water, fish the edge of it as some of the bigger bream and a few mulloway will always be found hunting on this edge.
The salmon fishing has been terrific here over the last month and looks set to continue for some time yet. These salmon have mostly been 2-4kg but there has been even bigger fish caught! A few gummy and seven-gill shark have also been caught along with the occasional mulloway, particularly in the late afternoons, evenings and after dark. The salmon are getting caught on pilchard, squid and surf poppers and the sharks and mulloway are taking salmon and mullet fillets.
Over the last few years we have always caught good mulloway here in August on the full moon so I plan on getting here for a serious mulloway fish this month.
The area at the 42 mile crossing has been best but be careful driving along the beach as the track is very soft. It’s best to travel along here at low tide and with the tyres let right down and during daylight hours. Most anglers have been simply fishing the entrance so they don’t have to drive along the beach.Reads: 2038