Bream getting busy as anglers wait for jewies
  |  First Published: October 2007

Hello from Nelson where the Glenelg River has slowly cleaned itself up after the good winter rains that leached fine soil and tannins from the trees into the river. We have seen the river go from a dark tea shade to a lovely clear green over the last month.

Over winter the fish were holding up in the deeper water towards the middle of the river. Now the river is cleaner, the bream can again be found amongst the bankside structure. Over the last month a lot of bream have slowly migrated upstream, ready for spawning. This will happen in a section of the river that has the right salinity level. Interestingly enough you can see the spawn in the water, as it hangs in the top 2–3m.

What I would like to see again this year is a lot of fishers practising catch and release throughout October and November. By all means get yourself a feed, but we have one of the best natural bream hatcheries here, so it’s up to us to help it. Enough preaching!

Crab is again the standout bait, with whitebait a good second especially at night. Reports show bream are being caught from the estuary right up as far as Sapling Creek, 26.5km upstream. As time goes on, they will keep pushing up.

We have seen a lot of lure anglers fishing in readiness for the Vic Bream Classic Grand Final, being held here on 13–14 October. Again the Gulp Worm in camo colour is a standout in the Glenelg River, with hard-bodied lures also high on the list. I will get as much info as possible at the competition and give you a full report next month. Good luck to all the 100 competitors, as this is a big deal for them all. There is a lot of prize money up for grabs, along with some excellent fishing gear. We would love to see as many spectators as possible attend the event, to help make it the success it deserves to be. The main organiser, Bill Hartshorne, is to be commended for his efforts as he really runs a great show. Nelson locals and businesses help make it a great weekend, and all the competitors really enjoy fishing the mighty Glenelg River.

The hope of an early September run of mulloway didn’t come to fruition. Thanks for all the phone calls asking if the mulloway have arrived yet. Feel free to continue to call, we don’t mind – call us at the pub on 08 87384011 and we will try and provide you with the latest news.

The accompanying diagram of a rig should help those who want to sit and fish for mulloway with livebait. This simple set up will hold your baits in the spot you want them. It is especially helpful when fishing with two anglers in the boat, as it allows you to place your baits around your boat (or off a landing) in the knowledge that they won’t move from where you’ve cast them. If you have them out at night, attach a glow stick to the float so you don’t hook up to any passing boats. Call Chris or Cheryl Carson for livebait on 08 87384048. This will see you out on the water quickly and increase your chances of that possible fish of a lifetime.

Perch have been caught from around Hutchessons Landing up to Forrest Camp on hard-bodied lures. Again, target the snags in the early morning and at sundown. Shrimp are a great bait for these hard hitters, along with live gents.

Along the coast we should start to see the snapper fire up with the water getting warmer. Garfish have been predominant at Livingstons, the Breakwater at Port MacDonnell, and Cape Douglas. Best baits are live gents and Chinese silverfish, which are available from Seaview Motel in Port Mac.

Offshore, flathead, teraki, gummy sharks and school sharks have been caught consistently lately. Surf fishing has seen elephant shark and salmon, while there is the promise of snapper and mulloway to come. It’s still a little early for the whiting to really fire up, but this will also happen as the water temperature rises.

The cray fishing season opens on October 1, so you will be able to catch them without a special licence using drop nets. The limit is 4 fish per day per person, with a boat limit of 8 per day. You can fish with 3 nets each. If you want to apply for a cray pot licence, call South Australia fisheries on 08 83476107, or go online at www.pir.sa.gov.au . The per person and boat limit still applies with the pot licence, but it gives you the luxury of leaving them in the water longer, which increases your chances of a feed of these tasty crustaceans.

We offer cheap rooms at the pub, along with a self-contained cottage and very nice studio rooms. Nelson has a wide choice of accommodation that should meet your needs. Again feel free to call us at the pub. If you haven’t been to Nelson before, you won’t be disappointed with the picturesque Glenelg River.

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