Tamar temp on fire
  |  First Published: November 2013

The Tamar River has really started to fire. The water temperature has begun to rise and is currently around 13.5ºC.

Low Head

Low Head has been fishing really well. Local anglers have been targetting barracouta at the last Farewell Beacons.

One lucky angler recently landed a fish he did not bargain for. He was trolling for couta when his light spinning rod buckled over and started howling off yards of line. After a massive battle the angler netted a beautiful 4.7kg Atlantic salmon, which may have been one of the escapees from the local fish farm situated about 10km upstream.

Other anglers have reported seeing seals throwing big Atlantics out of the water.

Also at Low Head the southern calamari have just started spawning. Good catches have been taken around the shallow sea grass beds around the Low Head area. The best colour jigs have been lime green and fluoro yellow and the run-in tide seems to be the most productive.

George Town

The George Town area has been turning on a bit of action as well. Local anglers have been enjoying an excellent run of Australian salmon. They have been of a good size up to 2.5kg.

One keen angler has had some great fun targetting the salmon on the fly. The best places to fish for them have been on the West Tamar over at Kelso. There have been no birds working on the schools so the best way to find them is to look for disturbed water coursed by the fish and bait fish. Silver slice lures have been the most productive.

Good schools of salmon have also turned up along the North Coast.

Some nice flathead area also being caught around the Low Head area. They are full of roe and are being taken mainly around the West Head area. They are being caught in around 20m of water.

Upper Tamar

Since the floodwaters have subsided the fishing has been really good. Some good catches of sea trout have been taken recently from the North Esk River and Trevallyn Tailrace. Some have been of good size up to 4kg.

The sea trout are being caught by a mixture of methods; bait and lure fishing have been productive. 

Batman Bridge

It has been a bit quiet of late but this is the time of year to start the search for big red.

It’s a good idea to start looking for snapper feeding in the shallows just on dark and through the night until dawn. The fish at this time of year tend to be a bit bigger than the school fish you catch through the summer months. They can weigh up to 12kg.

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