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Bigger, better, brighter
  |  First Published: December 2014



With the summer months arriving, it’s time to look forward to even better times to come!

The estuary is fishing great, and now the prawns are starting to appear it signals the start of the prawning season. The prawns will move out of their nurseries where they hide in water grass and reeds up the small creeks and shallow lakes as they grow and await maturity for their annual run to the ocean. When they reach maturity, they move down toward the entrance and amass below the Bluff at Marlo and move throughout the sand flats, from the Marlo jetty all the way down to Frenchs Narrows, waiting for the right tide to make their run to the ocean.

With all the prawns about it is little wonder the fishing is great! Flathead are in big numbers all along the sand flats lying in their wallows waiting for an easy feed. This makes the sand flats an ideal area to target flathead with lures, anglers usually wade the sand flats either using soft plastic or hardbodied lures.

As the waterway is in pristine condition the whole estuary is a fishing paradise – prawns everywhere, plenty of local sandworm, local shell bait, Bass yabbies, black crab, and the fish are big and healthy.

Anglers have reported getting good size bream from Frenchs Narrows, one angler in particular reported getting 4 bream over 44cm, 2 on frozen prawn and 2 on cured sandworm, with fish like that he decided to go home.

Several other anglers have reported getting plenty of good size bream around the islands and up into Lake Corringle using sandworm, prawn, black crab and shell. Anglers have also reported getting plenty of bream up both the Snowy and Brodribb rivers using sandworm, prawn and shell.

Luderick are also in abundance and schooling around the rock groins that surround the island and riverbanks; best results came using sandworm either under a float or sandworm with a running sinker.

Mullet are also plentiful with the best results using a mullet rig baited with sandworm. Estuary perch can be found on most structures and snags, best results were on live prawns or lures.

The surf beaches are holding plenty of salmon and tailor, making it easy anglers to get plenty to take home their share. Best results came using either bait always accompanied with a popper or using light gear and spinning with metal lures.

For the anglers who cant get out until after work the news is good, the gummy shark have arrived in close to shore with anglers reporting good captures on most outings. Best results using squid legs, eel, pilchards, blue bait or fresh fillets.

Offshore the fishing is still good with plenty of flathead, gurnard, barracouta, pinkie snapper, squid and gummy shark on the chew. The good news is yet to come; with the water warming up it won’t be long until the baitfish arrive in huge schools bringing with them all the pelagic fish that feed on them. So let the action begin.

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