Good bags from beaches, rivers
  |  First Published: March 2005

The fishing is still very good with the rivers and Marlo estuary producing good bags of bream, luderick, mullet, perch and flathead.

The surf beaches are also fishing well, with catches of tailor, salmon, flathead, mullet and shark. Point Ricardo and Cape Conran have been fishing well for salmon, tailor and flathead. Best baits have been blue and white pilchards, squid and, for the whiting, pipis.

Coringal beaches are still the best for gummy shark, with some good catches reported on whole squid or squid tentacles.

All the above beaches at times are producing good salmon on lures, with some anglers reporting salmon climbing over each other to take the lures. Best lures have been Lazers, Raiders, Maniacs or any other shiny lures.

With the boat ramp at Conran open the offshore fishing, weather permitting, has been in full swing and good catches have been reported. Boats have been bagging out on flathead with catches of shark, gurnard, barracouta and squid. Big schools of salmon have been providing good sport on Raider or Lazer lures.

The Snowy and Brodribb rivers have seen good bags of bream, luderick and mullet caught throughout the system on sandworms.

Main catches in the Snowy have come from Fishers Pines to the entrance and in the Brodribb from Lake Curlip to the Snowy entrance. Perch are also on the bite on the weed beds and snags on live prawns, shrimp and lures.


Graeme, Jack, Bob and I decided to have a go at the bream while they were hot and fished in the shallows at Lake Coringal using Graeme’s houseboat as a base.

We obtained our baits of sandworm, shell and black crab and proceeded to fish around the lake entrance from around 6pm and by 6.30 it was all go.

With some good teamwork we had one of the best bait-fishing sessions that we could have wished for. We caught bluenose and yellowfin bream with most over a kilo.

To prove it was no fluke repeated the exercise next evening. Of our baits, black crabs were the big winners.

This bream caught by Dean Hearl took a black crab and weighed in just over the magic 1kg mark.

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