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Estuary eruption!
  |  First Published: October 2006



The warmer weather has prompted the whole estuary system to erupt with bream, luderick, mullet, tailor and estuary perch. The surf beaches are also producing plenty of salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet and gummy shark. Offshore from Cape Conran anglers have been getting good catches of flathead, gurnard, morwong, trevally, school and gummy shark.

The Snowy River has been producing excellent bags of bream, luderick and mullet with a few estuary perch caught off the snags. The fishing platforms along the river have been among the best spots to bag a few. Merv and Keith Light have been getting good bags of bream from the loch side when fishing with sandworm. Most of the bream have measured more than 30cm and weighed in excess of 3lb.

Colin Weir has been fishing with sandworm from the top of the second island, close to bream point. Col’s been catching plenty of huge mullet and good-sized luderick. Peg Joiner fished opposite the Little Snowy on the Brodribb River recently and scored mullet, luderick and bream, again on sandworm.

Luderick are schooling from the roundabout at Sampsons to Frenchs Narrows. A visiting angler caught so many in that he had to come to me for advice on catching another species – now that’s hard going!

The surf beaches from Corringle to Yeerung are producing plenty of good hauls of salmon, tailor, trevally, flathead, mullet and shark. Bluebait, whitebait, squid, and pillies have been the best baits. Of course, poppers and surf grubs have also continued to produce.

Offshore from Cape Conran it’s a different matter with plenty of flathead, gurnard, morwong, trevally and gummy shark around. George and Colin Peachy are one crew that have been bagging plenty of sand and tiger flathead to 60cm. George also told me that double headers have been very common. Luke Janson and Lionel Christy had a good day recently bagging four seven-gill shark, some flatties and plenty of leatherjacket from the Bemm side of Beware Reef on bluebait and squid.

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