For an angling experience comparable to none, the Snowy and Brodribb estuary system is the place to be!
Schools of salmon, tailor, bream, luderick, mullet and estuary perch are throughout the whole system. Good-sized trout are being taken upstream in the Brodribb River. The surf beaches have big schools of salmon and tailor running along the coast. Gummy sharks are starting to come in close and are being taken on both bait and poppers. Offshore, weather permitting, is also very good with plenty of flathead, gurnard, squid, morwong and shark on the chew.
Just as an example of the different species of fish available, I was out fishing with Harold Sederlan catching some very good sized-bream at the top of the Second Island on cut black crab. We decided to move closer to an arranged lunch spot when we noticed chopper tailor working in a big school. We anchored just off the channel at the mud bank, cast into the school, and in consecutive casts bagged a bream, salmon, tailor and luderick, all on sandworm.
Local angler Colin Weir had a day to remember. He started early, bagging six estuary perch all around 1.45kg, on a soft plastic. He then caught eight luderick while fishing the rock groynes using sandworm under a float, and finished off catching another eight mullet – quite a day’s fishing.
John Fecondo, another of our local anglers, has regularly been getting his bag limit of luderick using sandworm under a float. Tailor and salmon are giving lure fishers plenty of excitement, taking both soft plastics and metal lures.
Upstream, above the tide line in the fresh water, John Bourke from Lakes Entrance bagged a couple of brown trout. The biggest weighed 2.45kg and was caught on a lure.
Offshore from Cape Conran the fishing is still great. Allan Steel and Bob Marthick caught a bin full of sand and tiger flathead using bluebait and Jig-em lures.
The surf beaches are also firing with plenty of salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet and gummy shark on the chew. Don and Dot Trelor caught a dozen salmon of over 1kg at Point Ricardo using lures, bait and surf poppers.Reads: 1142