Amazing autumn bags
  |  First Published: May 2014

This time of year is perfect for fishing, the very hot weather has past and replaced with moderate autumn conditions. The good conditions have seen anglers out in big numbers and by all the reports the fishing is excellent.

The estuary is still full of prawns with the mature prawns gathering on the sand flats below the Marlo jetty awaiting the right moon and tide for their run to sea. With prawns still plentiful it is little wonder anglers are reporting good catches.

With plenty of prawns there will be plenty of fish coming into the estuary to feed; it is the main reason big flathead are being captured in the shallows along the Marlo foreshore all the way down to Frenchs Narrows.

The entrance to the estuary is gradually sanding up and although it is in no danger of closing up in the near future it is becoming dangerous to cross on the lower end of the tide. The latest weather report is a low coming down the East Coast and bringing with it some heavy rain. If this occurs we will receive another flush of the system and deepening of the entrance once again.

Big schools of bream are throughout the whole system and anglers have reported catching bream all the way up to the highway bridge at Orbost making the fishing platforms along the Snowy River prime fishing locations. Best results fishing with sandworm or prawn. Bream are also being taken all the way up the Brodribb River to Lake Curlip and above using the same bait.

Bream and luderick are in numbers from the entrance up past the islands to Lake Corringle; best results for bream are on sandworm, shell bait, black crab, prawn and Bass yabbies. The best results for luderick have been either fishing with sandworm under a float or using sandworm with a running sinker.

Estuary perch can be found schooling around most structures and snags; best results have been gained by using live prawns or lures.

Salmon and tailor can be found down towards the entrance on an incoming tide by using metal lures.

The surf beaches are still fishing well with plenty of salmon and tailor being taken during the day using either bait or metal lures.

Weather permitting, fishing offshore is also producing well with plenty of salmon, flathead, gurnard, squid, barracouta, leatherjacket, pinkie snapper and gummy shark.

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