Bream it on!
  |  First Published: April 2016

April will be another great month of fishing on the Glenelg River. If the preceding few months is anything to go by, both bream and estuary perch will be easily targeted through the whole system.

March saw some perch of a better average size finally caught on a consistent basis. In the lead up there had been no shortage of smaller fish in the 30-35cm for lure fishers. This is a great sign for the next few years to come, but the larger fish haven’t been as prevalent at this time of year as they normally are. They are around with the smaller run of fish but the bite windows to find the big ones seem to be much shorter. This means a concerted effort is required to sort through the rats and find those areas and bite times when the really big girls came out to chew. Fishers who use live bait like minnow fished on a float and allowed to drop deeper into the snags were finding those better-sized fish with greater regularity.

Bream on the other hand, have been exceptional in the mid to lower sections of the river and particularly in the estuary. Both lure and baitfishers have had no trouble finding plenty of quality fish, and I’d expect to see no change to this pattern through April. Baits such as podworm and crab are among the most productive but can be a little hard to come across at the moment.

Lure fishers have been having great success with soft plastics and ZMan Grubs have been a standout. Shallow diving hardbodies thrown up onto the sand edges also account for some big bream. In the early mornings and late afternoon surface lures like Atomic K9 and OSP Bent Minnows have been deadly when wind and weather conditions are suitable.

Mulloway seem to be ever-present in the Glenelg but there have been some better-sized fish around lately. The estuary has produced the odd legal fish in the 60-80cm range as well as some even bigger models for those who put in the time in on the water. Live mullet are the number one bait for mulloway in the estuary, and lures such as Rebel Broke Backs slow trolled often find good results. Cast vibe style lures and larger soft plastics through and along the edges of some of the deeper channels and holes to target mulloway when they are schooled up or even moving up to the shallower edges to hunt.

April is a great time to get out on the river and autumn still provides some nice weather and plenty of opportunities to find some fish – so get out and enjoy everything the Glenelg has to offer.

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