There was some great bream and mulloway caught in the Glenelg River during February.
A fresh school of mulloway entered early the Glenelg in late January and really got the boys fired up again. They hung around the mouth for about three days before moving to the area between Sapling Creek and Dry Creek. To get into these fish, anchor on the bank and fish along the edges. Do the same if you’re after bream.
Soft plastics have produced amazing amounts of bream with Berkeley Gulps the favoured brand. I recommend fishing for bream from the banks of Sapling Creek in March. Trolling lures like Rebel Broken Backs, Small Attacks and soft plastics has also been working well.
Fresh bait often produces the best catches. Use fresh whitebait, pilchard, squid, octopus, rabbit and hare when you’re fishing the river for bream.
Some friends and I recently had a good session at Hutchessons Landing fishing with fresh whitebait from the river. We hang whitebait nets over the side of the boat and run a small light next to the net to attract the whitebait. On a good night you get thousands of them. Whitebait work brilliantly at night, especially when the juvenile bream are around in big numbers.
Another good bait is glassies. I build my own dip net to catch them. All you need is a hoop (slightly larger than a basketball hoop) with fine mesh/shade cloth loosely stitched on it. I use a 12v car brake light globe soldered on 3m of electrical wire with a lead attached and use generous amounts of silicone protect the globe. There are alligator clips on the other end and I run it from a battery.
At night you can see the glassies swirling around the light. Place the hoop 30 to 60cm under the light and once there is enough bait circling the glow, quickly pull your net. Put as many glassies on the hook as possible and flick out your fresh bait – the bream just love them!
Other baits that continue to produce bream include pilchards, prawns, squid, octopus and one of the favourites, crabs.
I have some mates coming down my way soon. They’re keen on a feed of snapper and crayfish so my next report should be all about sea fishing. We’ve planned a trip to Green Point, which is between Nelson and Point McDonnell. This area is famous for its great fishing and hopefully I’ll have some stories to share.
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