The hot weather is here, the water has warmed up, the prawns are running in numbers and the fishing overall is great.
Plenty of bream, mullet, perch and luderick are in the system. Flathead, salmon and tailor are also joining the feast. The surf has also been at a premium with good catches of shark, salmon, tailor, flathead and mullet on the chew.
Coringal Beach has been hot, with gummy and school shark being regularly caught at night. The sharks seem to prefer squid or calamari as most of the catches reported. Luke Light bagged a good school shark over 1.5m and 19kg. Chris Davis, fishing nearby, bagged another nearly as big.
Grant Heyne has been getting some good gummies. Paul Lavell and Tony Munday (a newcomer to beach fishing) have also had some good results, with bags of gummy and school shark, again caught on squid. Point Ricardo seems to be the spot for tailor with big bags of fish over 2kg reported. Best bait has been pilchards.
The Brodribb and Snowy rivers have been producing some good bream with many anglers bagging out. Most of the bream are being caught on sandworm. The Brodribb River above the bridge is the spot for the early birds with most bags taken before 9am. Further up the Brodribb, young Ben Webb bagged a 2.18kg bass on earthworm. Estuary perch are still being caught along the weedbeds and snags.
The sandflats down towards the backwater have produced some fine flathead with Ian Greaves bagging one over 3kg. Ian caught the flathead on Squidgy soft plastic lure. Helmut Kummer bagged another over 4.5kg and, although not in the same area, wife Gemma bagged a monster 6.52kg (14lb 6oz) on a DOA prawn. Now that fish will take some beating!
The sandflat in front of Marlo is the spot for prawning. One method of catching them is with a dip net and light, that way if the bait prawns are too big you can catch the eaters.
For the latest fishing information, contact Orbost Angler, (03) 5154 2440.Reads: 2007