Feeling brave? Take a shot at a bronzie in the surf!
  |  First Published: May 2016

With the rise in water temperature, the baitfish have arrived in big schools from Tamboon, all the way along the coast to Lake Tyres. At last kingfish have arrived in good numbers ranging in size from rats to trucks over a metre in length.

Anglers reported good captures fishing Tamboon and Marlo reefs spinning and skipping with soft plastics or casting big poppers on a fast retrieve. Other anglers have had good results trolling deep diving lures, or jigging metal lures.

Anglers using a more traditional method of live baits have also managed good captures. Marlo and Tamboon reefs are not the only place to bag a king, as wherever baitfish break the surface you can be confident the kings will be on the chew. The most unusual report was of a angler bottom bashing just off the point at Cape Conran while fishing for flathead with whole pilchards he got the surprise of his life after putting on a fresh bait. On the drop something grabbed the pilchard and fled; after some time he managed to get the fish close to the boat and to his surprise he had captured a small marlin. After the adrenalin settled he released the marlin and went back to catching flathead.

The surf beaches are still fishing at a premium, with plenty of salmon and tailor patrolling the coastline in big numbers. Anglers have had good results on light gear and by spinning with metal lures. For the angler who prefers to baitfish the results are the same with plenty of salmon, tailor, and flathead on the chew. Gummy shark are still around and anglers have found a few during the day. Fish in the evening using squid legs or fresh fillets of fish for the best results. Some young and adventurous anglers have targeted bronze whalers from the beach with game gear and have had a crazy time landing several good size sharks.

The Snowy and Brodribb rivers estuaries are fishing very well. Prawns are still on the go, bream can be found through the whole system, luderick are schooling on the rock groynes that surround the islands and riverbanks, and mullet seem to be everywhere. Estuary perch are schooling on snags and structures in both rivers, dusky flathead are prolific on the sand flats that run from the Marlo jetty all the way to Frenchs Narrows, and salmon and tailor can be found down close to the entrance moving in and out with the tides.

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