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Snapper now, tuna to come
  |  First Published: February 2014



SALT CREEK

As expected the mulloway action at Salt Creek has definitely picked up over the last month seeing plenty of quality fish hit the sand. While I haven't heard of any true monsters in the 50lb+ range myself, there has been excellent numbers of quality fish in the 20-40lb range.

Small bronze whalers and average-sized gummy sharks have been plentiful and should continue for the remaining of the warm weather. Expect to see some large school sharks in the 5-6ft range arrive shortly.

School sharks can make quick work off heavy mono, so I'd recommend adding 100-150lb wire trace to the tackle bag if planning on a trip to these waters in the coming months.

ROBE

Snapper will be a major draw card for anglers visiting these waters in the coming month or so as February/March are renowned reliable snapper months for this area. Fish can be found in very shallow water hanging around kelp beds adjacent to a pebbly bottom.

Large king George whiting upwards of 50cm can be found using this same technique. High tides and low light accompanied by some light tackle should see you bring some consistent results home to feed the family.

This time of year is a good time to spend the afternoon on one of the many beaches provided between Robe and Canunda, also targeting snapper. Again finding areas that consist of kelp weed, broken bottom or visible reef will be the best areas to target.

Try using the ever-helpful Google Earth to find your next fishy location. It's surprising how well you can zoom in on gutters and pinpoint new areas to target.

PORT MACDONELL

Port MacDonnell is well known for its offshore fishing and this time of year is a favourite of many anglers. First reports of the blue fin tuna should not be far away, if they haven't already started by now. Usually the first schools that arrive are in a better size class averaging around 30-40kg. Keep a close ear out if you want to get into the bigger sized fish as they usually don't last long.

Blue fin tuna are also usually found close to shore in 40-60m of water giving smaller vessel owners a sporting chance. As always, anglers that are appropriately equipped and put in the hours can expect to tangle with barrels in the 100kg+ range.

Albacore should also be in good numbers early in the season. They are a great tasty by-catch that give tuna a run for their money in the eating department.

Usually where you find tuna you find mako sharks, and the South West is no exception. These feisty looking critters are a serious sports fish and put on a show for South West anglers every tuna season. It's not uncommon to hear of makos in the 150-200kg range landed or at least hooked, but specimens in the 40-80kg range are much more common and are a great tasty meal at this size.

GLENELG RIVER

Again mulloway have been very quiet for this time of year, as I have only heard of one good fish around the 7kg mark landed in the last month. Plenty of undersized fish have been on the chew but the larger ones are living up to their elusive reputation.

Again bream and estuary perch have been the main target species for anglers concentrating their efforts on casting small minnows, soft plastics and surface lures. Both these species seem to spread far and wide through the system during the warmer months, so anywhere is just about worth a go. A well-known haunt to target both these fish is around Wilsons Hall, early mornings have been bringing best results.

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