January is one of the peak months to fish the Glenelg. The hot weather and warm water temps mean the fish are very keen to chew.
December was a great month on the Glenelg with plenty of fish on offer, albeit they were well spread. Estuary perch were finished in terms of their spawning and were on the push to higher reaches of the river. Bream were also well distributed with fish both high and low in the system. Small mulloway seemed to be everywhere, as they have been most of the year.
The odd big mulloway has been caught over the last few weeks but the run of big numbers has not yet happened this season. This is most likely due to the amount of baitfish present on the beaches in the local area. The massive congregations of bait means the mulloway have been quite happy to stay outside the river to hunt, but as this thins out it’s still not too late for schools of larger fish to enter the river.
With the warmer weather comes the opportunity to target bream and perch on the edges. This is best done early morning and very late afternoon/evening when the water temp is right for the fish to be up very shallow.
Early mornings are a great time to throw surface lures at heavy snags and shallow flats for bream and in particular estuary perch. Before the heat of the day the fish are quite often up in very shallow water feeding. Small poppers and walk-the-dog style lures are ideal. It’s a very exciting style of fishing, often you can see a bow wave as the fish moves in on its prey followed by a massive splash of water as a perch or bream erupts on the lure.
Sub-surface lures are also very effective, like small floating shallow diving minnows or bent minnows. The best technique is to twitch the lure down just below the surface then allow it to float back up. Fishing all these types of lures very slowly and allowing it to stay in the strike zone as long as possible is the key to this style of fishing.
Mid morning through to early afternoon sees the fish moving out a little deeper as the temperature warms up. At this point throwing mid to deep diving hardbodied lures or soft plastics is certainly an effective option. Again fishing slow retrieves is the way to go with plenty of pauses and small twitches thrown in.
Bait fishing is always a great option on the Glenelg. Best baits at this time of year are peeled prawn, pilchard, cut crab and pod worm. The pattern still remains the same, meaning baits should be thrown up in the shallows early morning/evening and fished a little deeper through the hottest part of the day.Reads: 733