Good captures despite little flows
  |  First Published: June 2017

The fishing in our estuary system is always good. Sometimes it’s better than others; right now it’s the other. One of the main reasons is the Snowy River entrance is almost closed. High tides allow water to enter the system and not much is running out to sea, so maybe the lack of tidal flow is altering the fish’s feeding habits.

There is a plus, of course; the prawns that are still in the system can’t run to the ocean and are getting bigger every moon. A couple of good friends of mine who are keen prawnies tell me it only takes five or six prawns for a good feed. If that’s true, next thing they will be as big as lobsters.

Although not every angler is having a lot of success, there have been several reports of anglers getting excellent captures fishing up the Brodribb River using sandworms. One report was of two anglers having the best fishing ever, with several bream over 40cm, several estuary perch over 40cm and several luderick over 40cm, mostly caught on sandworms.

Similar reports have come in of good captures. Bream and luderick have been caught by anglers using sandworms up both rivers. A few others reported bagging out on prawns. Big schools of mullet are being taken throughout the whole system with the best results on sandworms. Tailor are still in big numbers and are smashing metal lures.

As always, the surf beaches are fishing well. Anglers have reported getting plenty of salmon and tailor fishing from Corringle Beach, Frenchs Narrows, Point Ricardo, Salmon Rocks, Conran Beach and Yeerung Beach. Along with the salmon and tailor, anglers have been getting flathead, mullet, bream and gummy sharks.

Offshore is still fishing well with plenty of flathead, gurnard, barracouta, squid, ockies and some good size gummy sharks. Anglers are still reporting getting a few kingfish. The last reported kings were being taken straight off the point at Cape Conran. A late report came in of a boardbill marlin caught off Cape Conran recently.

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