Plastics Productive on Bream and Mulloway
  |  First Published: December 2005

Happy New Year! If you’re in Nelson, come and say g’day to Kerrell or me at the Nelson pub. There is live entertainment every Saturday night in January, so we can promise a good time and great fishing.

Bream catches have been consistent throughout the river. I spoke to a bloke recently who told me they were catching nice fish about 75km upstream from Dartmoor on scrubworms. There were also redfin and big eels.

Heath Kempton caught some nice bream and mulloway on fresh river whitebait. Nice catches of perch to 4lb have been reported from guys tossing soft plastics around McLennans Punt and Sandy Waterholes. Berkley Gulps, in particular turtleback worms in watermelon and worms in the natural colour, are working well. If the smaller bream and feisty salmon are chomping you off then try changing to the tougher minnows.

Chris and Cheryl Carson from Nelson Boat Hire are always a great source of information. Chris is a keen fisherman and an expert on soft plastics. You can contact them on (08) 8738 4048 for fresh baits, such as river black crab, live mullet and podworms. They also stock a range of tackle that’s applicable to this river as well as frozen baits.

In December, several schools of mulloway entered the system. The first school saw plenty of 20lb+ fish boated. The mulloway in the next three schools ranged from 4lb to 15lb. In past years, December has normally heralded another huge school around the New Year– let’s hope this pattern continues.

If you’re fishing here in January, try the upper reaches of the mighty Glenelg River. Ripper tides and huge volumes of seawater have pushed some of the mulloway up river. They’re chasing baitfish and there’s no shortage of food for them in the Glenelg. Forest Camp is good starting point that’s fished well over the last few years. Also try Pritchards Landing and above.

Mulloway Straights and the Red Hut are both hot spots. The river between the estuary and Forest Camp fishes well for mulloway and bream. Soft plastics, pilchards, bloodworms, bass yabbies, live mullet, white bait and hard-bodied lures are all effective. The river is fishing so well that you can afford to try different styles of fishing; it’s a great time to practice some new skills.

Down here we’re lucky enough to have boatsheds and landings that house some lovely, older style boats. I have a ripper 30ft wooden cruiser approaching its 100th birthday but I do get frustrated when I see it bouncing around because visitors are unaware of their own boats’ wake. So take it easy and take a minute to admire some boating heritage as you chug past.

If you require an information pack on Nelson, call us at the pub on (08) 8738 4011. The Nelson Kiosk (08) 8738 4061 and the Nelson BP Roadhouse (08) 8738 4142 are also good sources of information and stock a variety of baits and tackle. Both sell fishing licences.

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