The start to the mulloway run at Salt Creek was slow compared to last season.
While I've heard of a couple fish around the 20kg mark caught closer to Kingston, the usual areas around 42 Mile and Ti Tree have been inconsistent, yielding only a couple fish around the 10kg mark. This area is still holding a few salmon providing keen anglers the best quality fresh bait available for targeting mulloway and sharks. It should only be a matter of days before we start to here of some real hot mulloway and variety of shark action from these waters.
A couple of large 10kg snapper were caught and released through November near 42 Mile, the next month or so is a fairly consistent time to run into these while targeting other species.
Robe, being famous for its tasty Crayfish has had a fairly good start to the season for both professionals and amateurs. Little Dip Conservation Park has some unique reef systems allowing divers to get amongst the action while staying close to shore. Of course these areas can only be reached when weather permits and diving with a friend is a much safer option than solo. Both boat users and divers should all be aware of the current rules and regulations regarding crayfish captures. Fisheries patrol the south east frequently during the crayfish season and are more often than not very strict with the regulations. If you're at all unsure about anything make sure to contact fisheries before collecting your Christmas lunch.
The beaches around Robe have been producing some mulloway between 8-15kg. Wrights Bay, Rivoli Bay and right the way through Canunda National Park are all seeing school mulloway hit the beaches. Concentrating your time a couple hours either side of the high tide will be your best bet.
King George whiting in kidney slapping size will be on offer in shallow water especially as the water slowly warms up. Red Rock Bay is a consistent XL whiting hot spot on a high tide using fresh cockles or filleted pilchards. Don't be surprised to pick up a few pan sized snapper while targeting whiting in less than 1 metre of water. While the south east doesn't produce big numbers of whiting it sure makes up for it in size of fish.
The state wide snapper ban ends midday December 15. Once the ban has lifted there should be a fair number of snapper to be caught, keeping in mind the action will only pick up through January. Early season spots worth a try include Bungalo Bay, Green Point and Danger Point. All these are reliable spots and fishing the run in tides on dusk or dawn should see you get amongst the action.
Inside the breakwater tinny anglers have seen some nice catches of KG whiting and tommies for those that are running a slow burley trail. The jetty itself is always worth putting a live bait under a float after dark for school sized mulloway.
Offshore anglers have been getting amongst a few early season gummy and school sharks between the 70-100m line. Again these species will become more consistent to offshore boaters as the summer warms up as well as other species such as morwong, flathead and Tasmanian trumpeter.
The Glenelg has been providing light tackle anglers with mixed success on both bream and estuary perch.
The perch have been entertaining anglers using small diving minnows as well as some nice fish taken off the surface especially in the late afternoons. They seem to be wide spread through the river so it's just a matter of covering ground to find them. Try targeting steep drop offs consisting of snags and covered by shade.
Bream on the other hand have been a little slower although some really good specimens caught above the Caves have been pulled by persistent anglers. Mulloway have also been relatively quiet for this time of year with only a few small legal fish heard off. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a run of better fish very soon.Reads: 1918