Bring on the bronzies!
  |  First Published: February 2017

The fishing in the Snowy River System is fantastic and is fishing like a pristine estuary should with all the freshwater that has moved through and given it a complete cleansing.

Prawns are moving out of their nurseries in the reeds and mangroves and moving down towards the entrance and gathering along the sand flats that run from the Marlo jetty, all the way down to Frenches Narrows. At Frenches Narrows, they gather and await maturity before running to sea when the moon and tides are right.

The sand flats are an excellent place to target estuary flathead with soft plastic lures. The best results are coming from wading the flats, casting and retrieving soft plastics. This has been enticing flathead that are nestled in their lies awaiting their pray.

At this time of year, not only do flathead gather to eat the prawns, many anglers put down their rods in preference of a prawning to harvest the succulent crustaceans for the dinner table. With so many prawns in the system, it’s no wonder the fishing is so good.

Anglers have reported many good captures of estuary perch. The EP can be found schooling on most snags and structures and are nailing live prawns under a float.

Luderick are also in big numbers and can be found along the rock groins that surround the islands and along the river banks, with best results coming from using sandworm.

Bream are throughout the whole estuary system from the entrance up to Lake Corringle and all the way up the Snowy River to the town bridge at Orbost. They’re also up the Brodribb River to Lake Curlip, and the best results have come from using local shell, black crab, sandworm live and frozen prawn. Big schools of salmon and tailor are coming in with the tide down towards the entrance, and those spinning or trolling metal lures are doing best.

As you would imagine the surf beaches are also firing, with plenty of salmon and tailor being caught during the day and gummy shark and bronze whalers in the evening. Anglers are getting good results fishing with surf gear or fishing with light tackle and casting metal lures. The bronze whaler sharks are being captured by anglers who paddle their baits well out from the breakers and fish from the beach with game tackle.

Offshore fishing is at a premium, with plenty of flathead, squid, barracouta, pinkie snapper, gurnard, gummy shark and kingfish.

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