The Snowy River estuary system is still firing. With the entrance deep and wide, the fishing is as good as it gets.
Bream are being caught from the entrance to well up the Snowy and Brodribb rivers, with fish over 2kg common. Luderick are also throughout the whole system, with some monsters around 3kg. Mullet are everywhere and are being taken in big numbers. Salmon and tailor are schooling, and are being taken from the entrance up to the lakes. They are providing plenty of sport for anglers using lures. Estuary perch are working the weed beds and snags, and are taking both soft plastics and hard-bodied lures.
There are so many reports of good catches, it is impossible to mention them all. Robin Rix fishing the Brodribb River from the bank on the Marlo side in the early morning caught a bag of bream consisting of eight fish ranging from 1–1.54kg (cleaned) using baits of sandworm. Corey Shaw, a very good angler who visits our area often, caught a 1.84kg bream he thought might be a trophy fish – but he was assured he could do better. Peter Farley, a local angler fishing with Corey, bagged a bream almost as good.
Len Jackson had a tale to tell. He went out the other afternoon to pump sandworm for the following morning, pumped his bait and on the spur of the moment decided to have a quick fish before returning home. He proceeded to bag 10 luderick in 20 minutes, with the luderick ranging from 500g–1.5kg. John Fecondo and Colin Weir, another couple of local anglers, have also been catching plenty of luderick fishing in the early in the morning using sandworm.
The surf beaches are starting to fire up. Peter Farley has managed to bag a gummy in his last two outings. Kirk Lawrence has done the same, so expect many more reports. They tell me the crabs have arrived and the sharks will be there to feed. Salmon and tailor have been prolific, and those fishing both bait and lures have reported many a good catch.
Fishing offshore from Cape Conran has also livened up. Luke Janson and sons Ian and Terry bagged 18 leatherjacket, 30 flathead and three gummy sharks – not a bad outing at all. Allan Steel and Bob Marthick have also been getting plenty of big leatherjacket and good flathead using bluebait and Jig-Em lures.Reads: 1151