Second low wreaks more havoc
  |  First Published: September 2016

In the last edition, I mentioned we had received an east coast low causing some flooding, and just when you think things couldn’t get worse, they have… This time in the form of another east coast low dropping huge amounts of rain into the estuary catchment and causing major flooding of the Snowy River with floodwater inundating all of the low lying land.

As the water subsided, the huge amount of water forcing its way to the ocean gorged a deep channel, making the entrance the best it has been for a long time, and should be easy to navigate for a while.

With the deep entrance, huge amounts of water are pumping in and out with the tides, allowing big schools of fish to enter the estuary and re-populate the system.

With big numbers of fish entering the system, you would imagine some big mulloway following their prey and maybe making some interesting fishing over the next summer!

Already, anglers have reported catching some very good size black bream fishing with peeled prawn, shell and sandworm. Reports have also come in of several anglers catching their bags of big bream in the Snowy using sandworm and fishing the incoming tide.

Big schools of salmon and tailor are coming in with the big tides and giving anglers fishing with lures plenty of action down towards the entrance.

By now, all the other species should have re-populated the whole system. The surf beaches are firing with plenty of salmon and tailor in huge numbers, and one angler demonstrated how easy it is to capture the salmon, showing me some footage he had on his head camera of him capturing a salmon every cast using a metal lure.

The offshore grounds are fishing well, with plenty of flathead, gurnard, barracouta, squid, pinkie snapper and gummy shark, and some of the gummy shark caught have been over 20kg.

Don’t let the low dampen your spirits; the fishing is only going to get better from here!

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