Our hopes of an early run of big mulloway were dashed, but it was still fun going out and trying. We are left with the hope of a hot run later in spring!
Reports of mulloway captures at Sapling Creek, Caves, Taylors Strait and down at the estuary have trickled in. I suspect these fish have remained in the Glenelg River over winter and have schooled up in certain areas. Most fish caught were around 60–80cm and quite dark in colour, unlike the magnificent blue, silver and pink hews of a fresh run of mulloway from the sea.
The standout catch in September was by a pumped up Ben Plumridge. Ben and his mate were trolling around the poles in the estuary at dusk. Paying good attention to his fish finder, Ben spotted some big arches on the screen – too big for bream and mullet. A quick U-turn and they concentrated on the hotspot. A Rebel X-Rap, extreme action jointed shad got the first hit, but there was no hook up. On the second pass they threw out a Rebel Fastrac and immediately got another run – but again no hook up. Persistence paid off and on the third run they hooked up. The reward can be seen in the photo on this page. Well done boys – this was Ben’s first mulloway!
The X-Rap lure caught my eye too. I reckon I’ll add one to my collection, but will put smaller treble hooks on it. The larger ones will no doubt attract the weed that we run into a lot down in the shallows of the estuary. All I can suggest to mad mulloway hunters is to call us at the pub for the latest news. I hope the set rig for livebait was of some help to you last issue. It really works well and should reduce your tangles, especially if you are planning an all nighter.
Bream catches have been very good with fish moving up the river prior to spawning. Last year in November and December, good catches were had right up near Dartmoor on whitebait, which you can either catch fresh out of the river or purchase from some supermarkets. A lot of land-based spots are accessible via bush tracks. Most action though will be around the easier to reach areas on the river, up as far as Pritchards Landing. Fresh crab is the number one bait during the day, with softer baits such as whitebait, spew worms, clickers (Bass yabbies) and pilchard working better at night.
The plastic and lure-tossing brigade will have a ball in November. I will get the low down on what lures worked best during the Grand Final of the Vic Bream Classic in October, and report back in the next issue. It’s been great to see so many competitors pre-fishing and then competing in this important competition.
Perch will be concentrated around the Caves area, but should move back down towards Nelson over December and January. Target the snags and structure with shrimp and live gents, or those fantastic Ecogear SX-40 lures. That should see you busy with these great fighters!
Port MacDonnell has fired up, with better weather and sea conditions. Good catches of whiting have been made on cockle and live gents inside the breakwater, Livingstons Bay and Hut Bay. Salmon catches along the coast have increased as the water warms up too. Snapper are back on the menu, along with mulloway from the surf. Shark catches will also improve, and I am sure we will again see some thumpers landed this year.
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