Dawn of the the spawn run
  |  First Published: November 2015

Fishing in the Snowy and Brodribb estuary system is really starting to yield results with big schools of bream moving up rivers and small streams on their way to Lake Corringle and Lake Curlip and other backwaters on their spawning run.

Along with the bream, huge numbers of estuary perch have also moved into the same areas on their annual spawning run. With the EP in large numbers, the authorities have taken advantage and are collecting a number for breeding in the hatchery in order to restock some of the waterways in other areas where numbers are down. With the ideal and pristine condition of the estuary many other species including mullet, luderick, trevally, flathead, salmon and tailor can be found throughout the whole system.

With fish around in such numbers it’s no surprise that reports have been coming in on anglers getting good captures of mixed bags in a very short time. Anglers have reported getting bream and estuary perch up to and over 45cm by fishing the structures and using sandworm, bass yabbies, frozen prawn, and black crab. Lure fishing anglers are getting good results using both hard bodied and soft plastic lures fishing the snags and structures in both rivers. Other anglers have reported bagging plenty of luderick up to 42cm using sandworm and small prawn. Salmon and tailor are in good numbers down towards the entrance and often found on the incoming tide using metal lures.

This is the time of year gummy sharks come in close to shore in the shallow waters to pup and feast on swimmer crabs. Although only the odd gummy has been caught from the beach so far, they will be in big numbers very soon.

Salmon and tailor are still plentiful with anglers getting their share on most occasions using blue bait, white bait and pippies accompanied with a popper or surf grub. Anglers who prefer to use light tackle are getting good bags by spinning with metal lures.

Offshore the fishing is good, with most boats getting good bags of flathead, gurnard, pinkie snapper, squid, barracouta, and gummy shark. Now we have to wait until the warm currents move down the east coast and flow into the Bass Strait to bring the baitfish. Schools of baitfish will herald the return of the pelagic fish, yellowtail kingfish and a little later hopefully of the marlin.

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