Spring’s spawning run
  |  First Published: October 2014

Spring has arrived and the wattles have burst into flower, signalling the arrival of bream and mullet into the system on their spawning run.

In the next few weeks they will move up the rivers to their spawning grounds and spawn the next generation into the system. Anglers have already reported getting good captures of bream from the entrance all the way up to Lake Corringle and Lake Curlip using sandworm, frozen prawn, local shell, Bass yabbies and crab.

Anglers have also reported catching good size mullet in the same area using sandworm.

Schools of luderick have entered the system and are schooling along the rock groins and mud banks around the islands and riverbanks. Best results have come from using sandworm either under a float or using a running sinker.

Although not in big numbers estuary perch can be found holding on snags and other structures in both the Snowy and Brodribb rivers, for best results use soft plastic or hardbodied lures.

Flathead can be found from Frenchs Narrows up the rivers on Lake Corringle and Lake Curlip. Salmon and tailor are moving in on the tide with anglers having good results either spinning or trolling lures down towards the entrance.

The surf beaches are still fishing very well, anglers have reported catching good size salmon and tailor using blue bait, pilchards, squid and glassies always accompanies with a popper or using light tackle and spinning with metal lures.

Offshore, weather permitting, is also fishing well with anglers reporting getting plenty of flathead, gurnard, pinkie snapper, barracoota, morwong, squid and gummy shark. Last week one local angler reported taking his little tinny out from Cape Conran at 6.30am and was back in at 9am with two good size gummy shark and another released. Another local angler reported catching 2 gummy shark and 16 flathead in a short time. And of course the best is yet to come! With the warmer weather, the water temperature will raise bringing in schools of baitfish and the pelagic fish that feed on them.

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