Marlo’s surf beaches have all been firing with gummy sharks the main catch. Salmon, tailor, mullet and flathead have also been on the chew.
Offshore, the fishing has been very good when the weather has permitted. Baitfish have been around in big numbers, which has attracted large schools of salmon. Other predators including flathead, gurnard, trevally, squid and shark have also been around.
The rivers and estuary are holding bream, mullet, tailor, trevally, luderick and estuary perch. Prawns will be on their final fling in May but a few should still be around.
Local angler Robin Rix fished the Brodribb River early one morning recently and got the fright of his life when a big mulloway emerged out of the depths, determined to eat his mullet. Robin used his quick reflexes to pull his mullet away from the mulloway’s jaws and save his catch. He still can’t understand why he did that – he should have caught that mulloway!
Lots of bream have been reported throughout late March and early April but Bill Lynn is still the ‘King of Bream’. Bill regularly fishes his favourite spot at the mouth of Lake Corringle and gets bags of six or seven bream to 45cm.
Ken Mitchell and Keith Towns got onto a patch of bream midmorning recently and managed to bag a dozen fish including Ken’s 47cm beauty. Merv Taylor fished the same area with some frozen prawn and caught a 44cm bream.
Joe Schiavello reports that his wife caught a 4lb, 48cm bream when fishing with sandworm recently.
Local angler Len Jackson and his friend Peter Rawson from Wonthaggi recently experienced the highs and lows of bream fishing. Peter lost an estimated 2.5lb bream at the boat early on, but their persistence paid off when he later landed a 4lb 3oz bream. Using live prawn the lads also caught several others ranging from 1lb 9oz to 3lb 11oz.
The beaches around Corringle have been the hot spots for gummies. Jason Austin, Jack Conan and Richard Davis bagged six on a recent outing with three around 4’6”.
Chris Davis and another group bagged seven, and yet another group headed by Tony Munday bagged five when fishing the Morass Track. All of the gummies were caught on squid legs.
For all the latest information on what’s biting where, contact Jim at Orbost Angler on (03) 5154 2440 or 0419 883 218.Reads: 1998