Rivers run fast
  |  First Published: June 2014

After recent heavy rain, the rivers have been running fast and dirty making it almost impossible to go fishing in the estuary.

When the rivers run fast the fish move out of the current into backwaters, small creeks and lakes. They wait until the rivers subside enough for them to move back into the river system. So while the estuary has been out of action anglers have been fishing on the surf beaches, with very good results, catching plenty of salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet and gummy shark.

The river system never ceases to amaze, just a short time after the water subsides the fish reappear back into the rivers as quickly as they vanished. Just as sudden, anglers are out and about reporting their captures.

First fish to appear were the hardy black bream, probably the most prolific species in our system. Anglers have reported capturing bream up to 46cm using sandworm, prawn, crab and local shell. Luderick can be found along the rock groins that surround the islands and riverbanks. Best results have come from using sandworm or shrimp.

Estuary perch are holding on most snags and structures, and anglers have been using prawn and lures.

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

The surf beaches are fishing well, and with reports coming in of anglers getting salmon and tailor nearly every cast either using bait accompanied with a popper or spinning metal lures with light gear, it is fishing at its very best.

For some reason gummy sharks have been on the bite during the day taking squid, blue bait, and pilchards. Some anglers have been getting them on poppers as well.

Fishing offshore is still very good with anglers reporting plenty of flathead, gurnard, barracouta, squid, leatherjacket, pinkie snapper and gummy shark.

The Marlo Reef is still holding good schools of kingfish, anglers have reported capturing kings from rats to kings around 90cm using knife jigs trolling lures and live baits.

Anglers have also reported the water temperature is warming up again, with currents moving down the east coast from Queensland. And with the current, school fish are arriving again in big numbers resulting with anglers suspecting a prolonged season offshore.

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