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Coorong beaches are firing
  |  First Published: November 2013



There has been no shortage of good fishing reports coming in from all over the southeast of SA region with terrific surf, estuary and offshore action often at its best this time of year.

Salt Creek

I have been making regular trips to my favourite bit of surf beach on the Coorong near Salt Creek and the fishing has been nothing short of sensational with no shortage of good size mulloway, gummy shark and a few school shark.

There has also been many Australian salmon about and some of them have been real thumpers, up to and over the 3kg mark.

As we head toward summer, big snapper will start to show up along here as well, but don’t forget they are covered by a closed season throughout November.

Most of the mulloway getting caught lately have been around the 70-90cm size range with a few better ones about up to the 15kg mark. Fresh baits such as squid, mullet and salmon fillets have been working well. On my latest trip we scored two decent mulloway to 90cm on the falling tide in the evening and also caught a lot of small undersize ones too. Fresh salmon fillets did the trick for us and we were also fishing on the full moon.

Four wheel drive access to the beach is very good at the 42 mile crossing and the beach track has been reasonably easy to drive along, provided you drop your tyre pressure a bit. I usually drop mine to around 15psi.

Robe

Boaties have been getting out on the days of favourable weather and sea conditions and taking some very decent fish on the offshore reef areas in around 10-40m of water. There has been a lot of good size gummy and school shark about along with some big snapper, however all the snapper must be carefully returned to the water during November.

Fish fillet baits such as salmon are working well and most anglers simply find a likely looking area on the sounder and simply berley up a couple hours either side of a tide change.

In the bay in close at Robe there has been a lot of squid about, along with silver trevally and salmon. There has also been a number of school mulloway hanging around the long beach area, especially where the drain inlet has been flowing in.

The crays have been a bit slow so far this season but they should be crawling a bit better as we head toward summer.

The beaches have been fishing well for gummy shark, salmon and a few mulloway right throughout the Little Dip National park as well as at Back and Long beaches.

The better fishing has been in the evenings and after dark, particularly around any tide change. The old beach fishing saying of ‘no run, no fun’ is well worth remembering for this stretch of coast.

Nelson

After a month of running, dirty water after all the rains, things now seem to be back to normal in the Glenelg River again. The mouth is still open to the sea and the water is finally starting to clear up, which will make life easier for anglers.

There has been a number of small mulloway getting caught and they have been around the 40-60cm size range mostly. However, I do know of a thumper fish which was caught on crab by a bream angler recently and weighed an impressive 23lb.

Baitfishing for bream and mulloway from the mouth to Donovans has been productive with whitebait, chicken, pilchard pieces and crab all working well.

Lure fishing has been okay but will improve now with the cleaner water with small hardbodies and vibes worked along the edges the way to go.

A few decent estuary perch have also been about, particularly up toward Sapling Creek and have been taken mostly on small hardbodies.

Surf fishing nearby at Discovery Bay has been very good for gummy sharks and some big salmon. The best areas have been at Nobles and Swan Lake. Good baits have been squid and mullet fillets fished in the evenings and after dark.

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There have been some very decent mulloway catches from the beach at Salt Creek.

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Curtis with a ripper of a surf-caught salmon.

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