Floods to fire up fish
  |  First Published: September 2015

There has been little change with the wet and very cold winter; the rivers are still running very fast, continuing to clean all the rubbish that has been clogging the rivers over the past year. Hopefully when the river subsides the whole system will be deep and pristine again, ideal for an excellent spring and summer season.

Although the rivers seem to be continually in flood, the estuary system is an amazing phenomenon. The fish reappeared in good numbers only a couple of days after the water receded. The local anglers know when the rivers are running hard to fish the backwaters where the fish gather out of the fast running water, and when it is subsiding, fish they fish closer to the entrance to catch the new ocean fish entering the system and moving up through the estuary.

Just this week anglers have reported getting good bags of bream fishing off the Marlo Jetty using Bass yabbies, frozen prawn and sandworm. Other reports of anglers fishing a little further into the estuary bagging out on bream using sandworm have come through too.

Several other anglers fishing out of the current at French’s Narrows have been getting good mixed bags of bream, luderick and mullet fishing with sandworm.

For anglers wanting a bit of action, salmon and tailor are plentiful down towards the entrance, fishing the incoming tide anglers have been getting good results spinning or trolling metal lures.

The sand flats that run from the Marlo Jetty all the way down to French’s Narrows are holding plenty of dusky flathead, best results using plastic or hardbodied lures.

The surf beach as always are fishing very well, with big schools of salmon are patrolling the surf beaches. A few good spots lately have been the morass, Corringle, French’s Narrows, Point Ricardo, Salmon Rock, East Cape Conran and Yeerung River.

Along with the salmon, anglers have reported getting plenty of good size tailor, flathead, mullet and sharks. Best results have come from using a paternoster rig with blue bait, white bait, pilchards, squid and poppies, or spilling metal lures using light gear.

Offshore the fishing is great when weather permits, and anglers have reported getting plenty of flathead, gurnard, squid, barracouta, pinkie snapper and gummy shark.

September is the month of plenty, and there’s plenty of options for those wanting to get out and chase some fish, either for fun or a feed.

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