Rain and cold weather shouldn't deter the keen angler on the Glenelg River in the month of August as the fishing can be hot!
Increased river flows in July and August, combined with the fact that the mouth of the Glenelg River has remained open gives us ideal conditions for a run of big mulloway. At the same time last year we had very similar conditions and the bigger fish certainly took up residence in the lower section of the river. The estuary is the prime location to target these fish and a variety of techniques can prove very successful. Trolling lures has certainly accounted for many large fish over the last few years as does live baiting mullet. Squid, pilchard and particularly freshly obtained podworm are also favourites. Fresh live mullet and podworms can be ordered ahead of time from the Nelson Boat and Canoe Hire. Other lures that have accounted for many good fish include vibes and blades as well as Small to large size soft plastics. Soft plastics generally need to be run on strong jigheads around 1/16-1/8oz depending on the wind and flow of the river at this time of year.
The increased flow in the river also means that estuary perch start to congregate in the lower parts of the river for their annual spawning. Unlike mulloway it's quite rare to catch perch on bait as they seem to show a preference to lures. Again soft plastics around the 3-4” size are a favourite of the perch, as are smaller profile hardbody lures. With increased flow and therefore dirtier water colour choice can be important. Darker colours (particularly black) are the way to go as they stand out more solidly in the dirty water.
Conversely at this time of year the southern black bream generally choose to move up river. During August I would expect to find the larger congregations of bream from Donavans and above depending on how much rain we receive. Again baits such as crab, prawn and podworm are a standard ‘go to’ and can be very productive, particularly in dirtier water. My preference is lure fishing and it too can be very successful even when the water clarity isn't great. Hardbody lures are far more efficient in dirty water and dark colours certainly are the order of the day. Small profile deep diving lures seem to work best as the bream generally tend to be out in the slightly deeper water. Fishing the lures very slowly is the key and as the saying goes ‘when you think you're fishing slow... Slow it down even more’.
For anyone planning to give the Glenelg a go then it's worth dropping in to the Nelson Roadhouse and speak to Phil and Gillian Knight who can certainly give the very latest info on where the fish are being caught and they have a great variety of lures and tackle for sale. Southwest Victoria Fishing Reports is also a great source of current info on the Glenelg and the whole district.Reads: 1200