Let the river flow
  |  First Published: July 2014

Winter is upon us and the cold weather has begun. The snow has started to fall on the mountains, which becomes the water catchment for our estuary. This cools down the waterways that feed the rivers flowing into the sea.

In the winter the estuary seems to quieten down a tad and the fish seem reluctant to bite, forcing anglers to try new ways to entice them to take baits or lures. With the low water flows during the summer the entrance has sanded up making it dangerous to navigate across the bar, and also making it harder for fish to enter the estuary, except on high tides, another reason for the estuary to go into temporary hibernation.

With the winter come the winter rains that will swell the rivers and clear the sand from the entrance opening it up for for the winter run of bream to enter the estuary system.

In the meantime, keen anglers have been able to bag several good size bream from the entrance up around the islands and into Lake Corringle using sandworm, shell and prawn.

Other anglers have reported good size luderick being taken around the rock groins that surround the island and along the river bangs using sandworm.

The surf beaches are still fishing well with big schools of salmon and tailor patrolling the coastline anglers have reported great captures of salmon up to and over 3kg and tailor a bit smaller. Best results using blue bait, pilchards, pipis and squid, always accompanied with a popper.

Many are getting good results fishing with light gear and casting metal lures. Anglers are still reporting getting gummy sharks in the evening using squid legs, pilchards and fresh salmon fillets, and during the day, on blue bait, squid and poppers.

Weather permitting, offshore from Cape Conran the fishing is excellent; big schools of baitfish are still abundant. While the baitfish are about there will be plenty of predators, as well as the usual flathead, salmon, gurnard, squid, barracouta, pinkie snapper, morwong and gummy shark.

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