Snowy Perch on Prawns and Plastics
  |  First Published: June 2006

It’s been a bit windy lately but anglers who have braved the conditions have reported some reasonable catches of estuary perch.

Quinton Greaves fished the snags in the Snowy River with a Squidgy’s Jelly Prawn pattern recently and caught two good estuary perch. He said that the fishing wasn’t easy – he lost more lures than he caught fish. His tip is to find good habitat and target them at nearby weed beds and snags. Live prawns and lures have both been producing good catches.

Marlo angler Len Jackson registered one of the best bags when fishing the Brodribb River. On his early morning trip, he caught eight luderick and eight bream, including four bream to 3.8lb. His mixed bag had a total weight of over 11lb. All the bream were caught on live prawns.

Prawns can still be found in the estuary but are probably on their last run. Bream, luderick, mullet and tailor can be found throughout the whole system. The hotspot for flathead has been below the Marlo Jetty.

Offshore from Cape Conran, flathead have been on the chew with Garry Thorn and Gordon Kenny reporting a good haul of flathead, gurnard, and a small gummy shark.

Jeff Trewin and son Nick also got a good bin of flathead, flying and spiky gurnard. Nick was the star of the trip with a gummy of around 5ft.

Roy Herbert has had several successful trips offshore with catches of flathead, gurnard, flying gurnard, salmon and gummy sharks. A number of other anglers have had good catches with the best baits bluebait, whitebait and squid.

The surf beaches have been fishing well with salmon to 3kg caught on bait and lures. Tailor, mullet, flathead and shark have also been on the chew with bluebait, pilchards, squid and poppers most productive.

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