River Perch on Prawns
  |  First Published: March 2006

The Snowy River estuary system has been an angling heaven recently.

The Snowy and Brodribb rivers have been alive with bream, estuary perch, luderick, flathead and mullet. Fish are on the bite from Tabbra Landing to the Snowy.

Anglers fishing from the platforms along the Snowy have reported good catches of bream to 1kg with the best baits being sandworm and peeled or live prawns.

All the snags in the Snowy seem to be holding estuary perch as local angler Bruce Robinson discovered. Bruce has been fishing live prawns under floats and catching 1kg+ fish with some of the bigger ones beating him.

Lake Corringle has been the best place to chase the bigger fish with local angler Bill Lynn reporting good catches of bream. Fish late afternoon until dark using black crab. The fish range from 1 to 2kg.

Anglers have been catching varying sizes of prawns along the foreshore from the Marlo Jetty to French’s Narrows.

The surf beaches have also been firing. There have been reports of good catches of salmon, tailor, trevally, mullet and shark. Corringle Beach has been the best for gummy sharks; Tony Munday, Paul Lavell and Chris Davis have been bagging out regularly. Chris says they had three gummies on the beach before dark. The best baits have been big blue pilchards and salmon fillets.

Other groups have also reported good catches of salmon, tailor, flathead and mullet with the best hauls before dark. Anglers fishing pilchards and poppers off Point Ricardo have recorded the best catches of tailor.

The fishing offshore from Cape Conran has been good with big schools of baitfish present. The warm currents have enticed schools of tuna to within 8km of The Point. Good catches of flathead, gurnard, leatherjacket, trevally, squid and shark have also been reported. Jason Farley landed a good-sized mako that will give him bragging rights for a long time.

For all the latest information about what’s biting where, contact Jim at Orbost Angler on (03) 5154 2440 or 0419 883 218.

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