Try a spot of perch fishing
  |  First Published: August 2007

It’s been a very quiet month on the fishing front down in our neck of the woods. With the rain finally falling to fill all our tanks and dams, there have been few people out fishing and reports of success have been scarce.

The elusive estuary perch can be found in good numbers in both the Tarra and Albert rivers. These are a fun fish to catch and they make a great picture – but there are better eating fish so consider releasing them to fight another day. Good numbers of perch can be caught on both hard-bodied lures and soft plastics.

There are still good reports of garfish and Australian salmon at Manns Beach and Port Albert, with both fish falling for a good berley trail.

Silver trevally and yellow-eye mullet can be found around the jetties at Port Albert in large numbers. The run-out tide is the best time to fish, but you’d better rug up cause the jetties are quite chilly this time of year.

With the colder water moving in, the offshore fishing is still very good with lots of quality flathead being caught out wide, as well as the odd gummy shark.

The seven-gilled shark is still making its presence felt with reports of them being caught in Whale Bay and off Manns Beach at Karnies.

New tide charts are out and about so don’t forget to pick one up in your travels for the latest on what the tides are doing for the area you are fishing.

All I can suggest is if you have some free time and don’t mind the cold, get out and drop a line – there are fish out there to be taken.

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