Marlo comes alive
  |  First Published: December 2013

The summer is here and the weather is warming up, making the whole river system come alive.

Big schools of fish have entered the estuary system making the Snowy River and Brodribb River system the best in Victoria for estuary fishing.

Along with the estuary fishing, we have several great surf beaches for anglers to ply their fishing ability on the massive schools of salmon and tailor that run along the shoreline this time of year. Along with the salmon and tailor the gummy shark are moving in close to shore and are being taken in good numbers. Offshore the fishing is great with plenty of flathead, gurnard, pinkie snapper, morwong, barracouta, leather jacket, squid and gummy shark.

While the estuary fishing is at a premium it will get even better as small prawns have started to appear along the sand flats on the Marlo foreshore, not only do they get bigger every moon but they appear in bigger numbers as they gather at maturity for their run out to the open ocean.

When prawns are that abundant fish seem to appear from everywhere, schools of flathead create lies in the sand and wait to ambush the prawns and small fish as they move across the sand flats. But it’s not only the flathead at the party, the prawns start their journey up in the lakes among the reeds and travel all the way down to the estuary mouth. So on the way all the fish species are in for their share.

Bream are being taken from the entrance up the rivers to both Lake Corringle and Lake Curlip and are accompanied by big schools of mullet. Luderick are in good numbers around the rock groins that surround the islands and along the riverbanks.

The surf beaches are throwing up some surprises, not only are anglers catching plenty of salmon and tailor they are also getting some very good size snapper and an occasional elephant fish as well as gummy shark and several of the toothy type.

Anglers fishing offshore are getting plenty of fish to fill their bins, and it is going to get much better. The water is warming up and the baitfish are starting to appear, and when they do so will all the pelagic fish that feed on them.

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