Summer shark fun
  |  First Published: December 2016

The happy season has arrived and hopefully the good weather will come soon. At this stage, the surf beaches are fishing very well with the local shore-based gamefishers showing the way. Two local lads who paddle their baits out have had a double hook-up of bronze whalers. After a long fight they managed to land both measuring well over 10ft. With some help, they managed to release both sharks.

Anglers are also having good results catching plenty of salmon and tailor using surf gear and fishing with blue bait, pilchards, squid and a popper, or with light gear and spinning metal lures. It’s gummy shark season. Every year, the gummy sharks come in close to shore to feast on the swimmer crabs. Anglers take advantage of the sharks being in big numbers and go out on most evenings after work to catch a couple for the table.

One local angler has reported getting his bag of two on three separate outings, fishing the start of the incoming tide. Fishing offshore is excellent with plenty of flathead, gurnard, barracouta, pinkie snapper, squid and gummy shark on the chew. It will only get better when the warm currents move into Bass Strait and bring big schools of baitfish and the pelagics that feed on them. Already a local angler has managed to bag a couple of decent kingfish with lures.

The estuary is firing. Anglers have reported getting plenty of bream, luderick, mullet, estuary perch and flathead throughout the whole estuary. Bream are moving up the rivers and into the lakes on their spawning run. Anglers have reported capturing bream up Snowy River to the Highway Bridge at Orbost. The fishing platforms along the Snowy are prime fishing locations. Luderick can be found schooling along the rock groins that surround the islands and along the mud banks and other structures. Mullet seem to be everywhere in the system. Salmon and tailor are coming in with the tide and are in good numbers down towards the entrance. The best results are from casting or trolling metal lures.

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