Shark mayhem – makos, gummies and a great white!
  |  First Published: June 2007

Over the past month the Snowy and Brodribb rivers have both been fishing well with catches of bream, luderick, tailor and estuary perch. Ian Rickard was the standout angler for the month with a trophy bream of 2kg caught on a plastic lure.

There have been many other good catches from the platforms along the Snowy and along the foreshore at Marlo. The best baits are sandworm and frozen local prawn.

The surf beaches from Corringle to Cape Conran are all fishing well with catches of salmon, flathead, mullet, tailor and shark. Chris Davis managed to bag a couple of good-sized gummy shark on squid legs at the beach at Frenchs Narrows.

Jaws Encounter

This month I received an amazing report from Joe Connelly of an experience he had while fishing offshore from Cape Conran.

Joe and his mates were having a very exciting day trawling a few lures and catching pike, barracouta and stripy tuna, all within 1km of the ramp. After this success they headed out about 9km and started to berley with baits under balloons.

The first shark to turn up was a little mako. Later on they hooked but lost a seven-gilled shark approximately 5ft long on their lightest rod set.

Suddenly, their heavy-duty outfit set with a slimy mackerel went off. The boys saw the fin and tail of a huge shark around 14-15ft long but could not pick what sort it was.

Fifty minutes later after much effort they finally saw the shark bring its head out of the water. As it surfaced, Joe and his mates realised they had a very upset great white shark attached. It showed its teeth as it went back down to the bottom, and as these are a protected species, they gave up the battle.

Digger Howard and Robbie Forrester fishing just off Point Ricardo also had plenty of action. Both Robbie and Digger caught lots of double header flathead on Jig-em lures, and with the flathead were plenty of spiky gurnard. However, Digger was the star, catching a gummy shark over 10kg on a big salmon head. There have been plenty of other reports of flathead and gummy shark catches on both bait and Jig-em lures.

Vern Robinson with a small mako shark caught while berleying for large specimens.

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