The warm summer weather and perfect conditions make our area the fishing capital of Victoria. The warm currents have arrived down from the east coast and moved around the corner into Bass Strait, stretching from Lakes Entrance to Mallacoota and the border.
Along with the warm current that has come all the way down the coast, are big schools of baitfish followed by plenty of predators to sharpen up our game fishing ability. The stage is set so when the weather falls into place let the action begin.
We have two access points to the ocean; one is accessed from Marlo boat ramp, which entails a bar crossing at entrance, and the other is at Cape Conran, which is direct into the ocean making it safer and hassle free.
Anglers have reported doing battle with some good size kingfish on Marlo Reef using live bait either under a balloon or free swimming. Other anglers have had good results using knife jigs, casting poppers and trawling diving lures.
There have been good captures on the reef of pinkie snapper, morwong, snooks, barracouta and shark. So far the only reports of kings caught were at Marlo Reef but many had been sighted all the way down to Cape Conran and further. If they are there now, they will be on the chew in March. And of course with all the action there are several mako sharks on the prowl and giving anglers a good workout.
The local game fishing club are having a club kingfish comp this month and I will report on results in the next edition. Members of the Orbost Sports & Game Fishing Club Inc. are also planning a deep-water trip out to the shelf hoping to see or capture a marlin or some of the beaky species.
Offshore from Cape Conran is fishing well, anglers have reported catching plenty of flathead, gurnard, barracouta, squid, pinkie snapper, leatherjacket, salmon, tailor and gummy shark, school shark and mako.
The surf beaches are also firing with plenty of salmon, tailor, mullet and flathead on the chew during the day, and in the evening anglers have been getting good size gummy shark. For best results during the day, use blue bait, whitebait, squid, and pilchards (always accompanied with a surf popper). The best results evening fishing for gummy sharks is with squid legs, eel, bonito and fresh fish fillets.
The estuary is also fishing great with plenty of bream, mullet, luderick, estuary perch, trevally, flathead, salmon and tailor on the chew.Reads: 1949