Windy wind up not finished
  |  First Published: December 2013

My predictions last issue are a little off; I forgot we still have two more windy months to endure before the conditions improve enough to give us more ocean time.

This time of year most of the ocean going anglers get grumpy as all their well-planed offshore trips are foiled by windy conditions. But as we all know, the times we do get to fish more than compensates the times we can’t get offshore.

From now on the weather will warm up and the warm ocean will move down the east coast and into our area of Bass Strait, and with it will bring plenty of baitfish and the pelagic fish that prey on them. All the local anglers are waiting with baited breath for the warm currents to bring in the warm waters to kick-start our game fishing season.

In the meantime, the ocean has started to warm and the fish seem to be more plentiful. Anglers have reported getting plenty of gummy sharks either on the drift or by setting an anchor and using berley to attract them to their baits.

Along with the gummy shark, there are plenty of flathead, gurnard, squid, barracouta, pinkie snapper, morwong in good numbers. Reports have suggested it doesn’t matter if you go offshore from Marlo or Cape Conran the fishing is good.

The surf beaches are also fishing well; anglers have reported getting plenty of salmon and tailor off most of the surf beaches. Best results have come from using blue bait, white bait, pilchards and squid, always accompanied with a popper. Others have had good results by using light tackle and spinning metal lures.

The Snowy River and Brodribb River system is fishing at its best. Bream have come in from the ocean and moved up the rivers into Lake Corringle and Lake Curlip, and even further up the Snowy to the highway bridge at Orbost, making the fishing platforms along the Snowy prime fishing locations.

Big schools of luderick have also moved into the system and are schooling along the rock groins that surround the islands and along the rock groins that protect the riverbanks. Get best results by using sandworm or shrimp.

Schools of mullet are spread throughout the whole system; use sandworm for best results.

For those anglers who like their fishing fast and furious, schools of salmon and tailor are in big numbers down towards the entrance. Use metal lures on the incoming tide.

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