Super Salmon on Lures
  |  First Published: February 2006

Sunny summer weather has had everyone out fishing the rivers and the sea.

Mullet have been around in large numbers in the river system along with the usual suspects: bream, luderick and estuary perch.

Offshore, flathead have been in big numbers and catches of shark, gurnard, squid, octopus, barracouta and salmon have been common. The divers are also having a ball with the crayfish season in full swing. Most are getting their bag limits along with some abalone as well.

Corringle Beach has been the most popular spot for gummy sharks with good catches reported in January. Salmon, flathead and tailor have also been taken. The best baits have been bluebait and squid.

Point Ricardo has continued to fish well with catches of tailor and salmon the most common. The best baits have been pilchards, pipis and bluebait.

Cape Conran and Yeerung beaches have also been fishing well with some huge salmon on the chew. The best baits have been bluebait, squid and pipis. Fishing from the rocks at Conran, Luke Borley bagged some good pinkies of around 42cm recently.

With the boat ramp at Conran open, the offshore fishing, weather permitting, has been in full swing and good catches have been reported. Boats have been bagging out on flathead with catches of shark, gurnard, barracouta, squid and big salmon too. Big schools of salmon have provided good sport on Raider or Lazer lures, with some of the fish over 3kg.

The Snowy River has produced some good bream with fish to 46cm taken. Luderick and estuary perch have also been on the go in the lower reaches. Above the Snowy Bridge, bass continue to be taken on lures.

The Brodribb River has been providing some good fishing for bream, mullet, luderick and estuary perch. The best baits have been sandworms and prawns, both live and frozen. The best spots have been Millee to Cabbage Tree Creek for bream, luderick and estuary perch, with mullet caught throughout the system.

The sandflats down towards the backwater have produced some fine flathead. Ian Greaves bagged one over 7lb on a Squidgy Silver Fox recently. Helmut Kummer bagged another over 10lb and, though not in the same area, wife Gemma landed a monster 14lb 6oz on a DOA prawn. Now that will take some beating!

The sandflats in front of Marlo are the go for prawning. Catching them with a dip net and a light.

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