Angling paradise is the best way to describe our part of the world, with the natural elements delivering anglers one of the finest fishing locations, and one of the best, yet least known, marlin fishing regions in Victoria.
While blessed with some of the best marlin fishing the state has to offer, the region lacks enough safe offshore access options, with only a single boat ramp at Cape Conran, and bar crossings on the Snowy River at Marlo, and at Lakes Entrance providing access to this exceptional fishery. Hopefully a ground swell of interest and support will see this improve for the better in the future.
The warm water currents that push down the east coast and into Bass Straight over summer have finally arrived and are bringing with it huge schools of baitfish, and the mass of pelagic species that feed on them. Marlin are here in numbers feeding on baitfish, with many caught on lures and bridled fish baits, while many more have been hooked and lost.
With all the baitfish around there are plenty of kingfish for anglers to tangle with, and by all reports several fish over a metre have been caught. Mako shark are also on the chew and attacking live baits, with fresh squid and frozen baits proving effective. For those who prefer a little less action its gummy shark galore, with most boats managing to get their bag limit (2 fish per angler). Flathead have also been in abundance, as have gurnard, squid, barracouta, pinkie snapper, morwong, salmon and several spark species.
The surf beaches are also firing with plenty of salmon, tailor, flathead and mullet on the chew during the day. This time of year gummy shark are running close to shore and anglers are taking advantage of this by fishing in the late afternoon and early evening as the sharks follow the incoming tide into the gutters and channels close to the beach.
The estuary is also firing with plenty of reports of anglers getting amongst the estuary perch, bream, luderick, mullet, trevally, flathead, salmon and tailor. Prawns are plentiful but lacking in size, with the estuary loaded with bait sized prawns.Reads: 637