The fishing at this time of year in the Snowy and Brodribb river estuary systems is excellent, the prawns are still running and are most likely to do so until Easter. The best thing about the prawns is they grow bigger every month, making them more sort after than the fish that have arrived here for their annual feast.
By all reports coming in, the fishing couldn’t be better. Bream can be taken from the entrance up around the islands up to Lake Corringle, up the Brodribb River to Lake Curlip and up the Snowy River to the highway bridge at Orbost.
Huge schools of yellow-eye mullet can be found in almost the same area as they move up the rivers with the bream.
Schools of luderick can be found amassing along the rock groins and mud banks that surround the riverbanks and islands in the system.
The estuary perch in the system can be found on most snags and structures up both rivers.
Trusty old flathead are still in big numbers in the shallows along the sand flats from the Marlo jetty all the way down to French’s Narrows.
Trevally can be found from the entrance all the way up to Lake Corringle. Salmon and tailor seem to be hanging around in the same areas as the trevally and go up as far as the top of the islands.
The surf beaches are fishing well, salmon and tailor are plentiful, flathead and mullet are in good numbers and gummy shark are being taken in the late afternoon and early evening.
Anglers have reported having good results either using blue bait, white bait, pilchards, pipis and squid always accompanied with a popper. Other anglers prefer using light fishing gear and spinning with metal lures.
Gummies galore is the main focus, with most anglers being able to get their bag of two on most outings.
Gummy sharks may be plentiful but there are also plenty of flathead, gurnard, pinkie snapper, squid, barracouta, morwong, leatherjacket for the bottom bashers fishing for the table.
For the anglers looking for more action, yellow tail kingfish are being taken from Tamboon Reef and every other bit of reef down to Marlo Reef.
With the kings are plenty of snook, barracouta, salmon and mako shark on the go and it won’t be long before the stripy tuna are here in big numbers, then maybe even the marlin will begin to appear!Reads: 540