Bigger catches in better numbers
  |  First Published: April 2017

April will be another great month of fishing on the Glenelg River. If the preceding few months are anything to go by, mulloway, bream and estuary perch will be easily targeted through the whole system.

March saw perch averaging a better size and being caught on a much more consistent basis. In the lead up there had been no shortage of smaller fish in the 30-35cm range for lure fishers and this is a great sign for the next few years to come.

Larger fish have been a bit harder to tempt at this time of year than normal. They were certainly present with the smaller run of fish, but the bite windows for the larger fish have been much shorter. A concerted effort is required to sort through the rats and find areas and bite times when the really big girls come out to chew.

Fishers using live baits like minnows fished on a float and allowed to drop deeper into the snags were finding better-size fish even the odd 50cm+ fish, with greater regularity. April will follow the same pattern by all indications and being prepared to move regularly on the river will be the key to finding fish.

Bream have been exceptional in the mid to lower sections of the river and the estuary in particular. Both lure and bait fishos have been finding plenty of quality fish and I’d expect to see no change to this pattern through April. Lure fishers have been having great success with soft plastics. Shallow diving hardbodies thrown up onto the edges are also accounting for some nice bream. Bait fishers will also have no trouble catching bream on a variety of baits, but by far the standouts at this time of year are crab and podworm.

Mulloway seem to be ever-present in the Glenelg, but there have been some bigger fish around of late. The estuary and the Dry Creek through to the Caves areas have been producing the odd legal fish in the 60-80cm range as well as some even bigger models for those putting in the time on the water.

Live mullet are the number-one bait for mulloway in the estuary and slow trolled lures often find good results. Casting vibe style lures and larger soft plastics through and along the edges of some of the deeper channels and holes can also be a great technique for targeting mulloway when they are schooled up or moving up to the shallower edges to hunt.

April is a great time to get out on the river with Autumn still providing some nice weather and plenty of opportunities to find some fish. Get out and enjoy everything the Glenelg has to offer.

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