Weathered the worst
  |  First Published: September 2014

We have moved through the worst of the winter months and endured the cold, wind and rain in an attempt to catch a few fish for the table in an unfriendly environment.

The anglers who ventured out in the cold windy conditions have reported the going tough. With the rivers running fast and cold it has held up the annual winter run of bream coming into the system.

The weather will warm up slightly and the entrance is deep and wide, so the bream have began to enter the system in large schools, accompanied by big schools of mullet on their annual run. In a very short time they will have moved throughout the system and up into the rivers and small streams preparing for the early spawning run.

From now on the fishing will only get easier and, with the warmer weather, more enjoyable. As the spring approaches a lot more species will be entering the system and again making the Snowy River estuary system the best fishing spot in all of Victoria.

We are very lucky as the surf beaches seem to hold fish all year round. Huge schools of salmon and tailor patrolling along the whole shoreline are moving into the gutters that run along the beaches to feed on sardines and other small species. The most popular methods in the area is using a paternoster rig baited with either blue bait, pipis, squid and pilchards always accompanied with a popper. Other anglers prefer to use light tackle and spin with metal lures.

Anglers have also reported gummy shark still on the chew along most of the beaches for those who brave the cold evenings and venture onto the beaches. Best results using squid legs, eel and fresh fillets.

Offshore the water is still too cold for any pelagic fish to be in the area. We will have to wait several months for that to change and for the warm currents come down the east coast from the north. In the interim, the fishing is still very good, with anglers reporting good captures of flathead, gurnard, squid, barracouta, pinkie snapper and gummy shark.

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