With the entrance at Marlo deep and wide, the fishing is the best it has been for a decade or more. Bream, luderick and estuary perch are there in big numbers, with fish over 2kg common. Salmon and tailor are also schooling in the lower reaches and giving anglers plenty of sport on light gear.
In testament to the entrance depth, Phil and Marion, a couple of local anglers, while fishing from the Marlo Jetty witnessed a pod of dolphins swimming in the estuary showing off their small calves. This is a rare sight in our estuary.
All the surf beaches are holding plenty of salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet and shark. Offshore is also firing with catches of flathead, gurnard, barracouta, squid, morwong, pinky snapper and sharks.
With fishing this good, plenty of catches have been reported. Dennis Morgan, Frank Brunt and Graeme Steed had a day to remember, almost bagging out. With six bream over 1.8kg, the bag would be hard to beat. All the bream were caught on black crab between the Marlo Jetty and Lake Corringle.
Tom Rankin and Bill Eaton fishing near Lake Corringle caught seven good-sized bream using baits of frozen prawn. Young Jeremy Millard caught a bream weighing 1.45kg, also using frozen prawn. It was the biggest fish he has caught!
On three occasions, Jack Robinson bagged out on bream using baits of black crab. Peter and Jason Farley bagged out on bream ranging from 32–44cm, at the top of Second Island using sandworm as bait. Dick Johnson purchased a new rod from yours truly, and two hours later he returned with a mixed bag of luderick and mullet he had caught fishing from the bank at the roundabout at Marlo foreshore. One luderick weighed over 1.4kg.
Michael Young and Todd Young, fishing with friend Reilly Hall, caught 14 good-sized bream in the Snowy using baits of sandworm. John Waddle has been landing a lot of estuary perch and captured one of 2.5kg using soft plastic lures. Colin Weir has also been getting his share of estuary perch using lures, along with plenty of bream and luderick. Not only that, he has been chasing and catching salmon and tailor on lures down towards the entrance. There are lots of other reports but they are too numerous too mention!
Offshore, the fishing is hot with plenty of fish on the bite. David Marsh and Dennis Conner caught a good mixed bin, with Dennis bagging a 9kg gummy. Allan Steel and Bob Marthick have also been getting plenty of flathead and gummy shark.
The surf beaches are also firing with plenty of salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet and gummy shark on the chew.Reads: 1458