Hoping for another long game season
  |  First Published: July 2016

The cold water has moved back into Bass Strait and the game fish have just about disappeared for the rest of the season.

Our fishery has again strengthened its claim to be one of the best game fishing areas in Victoria. Angler Luke Morris fishing out of Cape Conran caught a huge tuna, and the monster weighing 113kg and was caught on 37kg line, creating great excitement in the game fishing fraternity. We are all hoping the season will run a little longer, allowing anglers to capture many species of game fish that will enhance our area, and with more anglers wanting to fish out of Cape Conran, the appropriate government bodies might see fit to improve the launching facilities at the cape to allow better access.

On the game fishing front, it’s time for me to have my annual holiday fishing a 6kg Yellowtail Kingfish Tournament in Russell, New Zealand, so I’ll report on that in the next issue.

For the anglers fishing for the table, the fishing from Cape Conran is excellent, anglers have reported getting plenty of flathead, squid, gurnard, barracouta, pinkie snapper and gummy shark. The surf beaches are also fishing well with anglers reporting good captures of salmon, tailor, flathead and gummy shark.

The Snowy River estuary is still fishing at a premium, and has done so since early November when the prawns began to mature and move out. These prawns take off from the mangroves and reeds and gather down on the sand flats that run from the Marlo jetty all the way down to French Narrows awaiting the right tide to run for the open ocean. As long as the prawns remain, the fishing will be great.

Anglers are reporting getting good size bream using sandworm, prawn, shell and black crab, fishing from the entrance up to Lake Corringle and up the Brodribb River to Lake Curlip as well as all the way up the Snowy River to the highway bridge at Orbost.

Schools of yellow-eye mullet have accompanied the bream up the rivers, making river banks ideal for catching a good feed of fish.

Luderick can be found schooling along the rock groins that surround the islands and river banks, best results using sandworm.

Huge schools of salmon and tailor are coming into the estuary with the tide creating plenty of action for anglers either spinning or trolling lures.

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