Prawn smorgasbord brings angling action
  |  First Published: February 2007

The prawns are here in big numbers and a variety of sizes with many people out dipping their share. They range from bait size to a good eating-size. The fish are also here getting their share of the prawn smorgasbord, which makes for excellent fishing.

Estuary perch can be found in the weed beds and in the snags along the rivers. Bream, luderick and tailor are also in good numbers with catches reported throughout the whole system.

Danny Large and son Noah fished the Brodribb River for a bag of good-sized bream. Noah out-fished his Dad, landing a huge 44cm bream that weighed 1.7kg. Not bad for a five year old! Danny and Noah caught their bag using sandworm.

The Snowy River is also producing big fish. Vaughan Nitschke caught a bream measuring 46cm from a platform on the Marlo Road using sandworm.

On the surf scene there have been kingfish caught off the beach – now that’s as good as it gets! Don Trelor has been getting rat yellowtail kingfish on poppers at Corringle Beach. Another local angler, Kirk Lawrence, has been getting on to some gummy sharks and has been regularly catching his bag. Many other surf anglers have been bagging plenty of salmon, flathead and tailor. Best baits have been blue, white, pillies and squid.

Fishing off Cape Conran when weather permits has seen most boats getting big bins of mixed species. Allan Steel is one of the many who reported that leatherjackets are on offer in plague proportions and anglers can’t help but catch them. Glen and Peter Farley along with Corey Shaw have had a ball with catches of flathead, gummy shark and mako shark. Glen landed a good blue shark and lost another that hooked up on a squid jig. John Farley has also been getting his share, but struck a bit of misfortune when he had a 6ft gummy at the side of the boat. As he reached over to bring the gummy aboard, it flicked taking rod and reel overboard!

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