Black crabs star in Glenelg
  |  First Published: March 2005

Bream catches have been reported throughout the Glenelg River, especially from the Forest Camp area where cut black river crabs have accounted for most fish.

The crabs can be obtained from the banks of the river. All you need is old two-litre tins (four will be ample) with about three metres of rope attached. Place some fresh fish in the base of a tin and then put some rocks over the bait which will act as an anchor to keep the bait in and sink the tin.

Place the tin side-down near the bank, tie the rope to a tree and leave it. Come back and check it in half an hour and you should have some bait.

Move the tins around to places you think no one has targeted and when you’ve stocked up on crabs, go fishing.

Failing that, Nelson boat and canoe hire has a bait licence and Chris normally has a good supply of fresh baits.

The crabs can be presented to the fish in a variety of ways, whole, cut, slightly cracked, legs on, legs off. All styles are worth a go and what may work today may not work tomorrow.

Until the rains stain the river, fishing along the river’s edge should be more productive. Try fishing a spot for 30 minutes and if you’ve had no success, move on. Some days you can move 20 or more times.

The soft-plastic boys have also had great success and in the next issue I will report on plastic, lure and fly fishing. We have the ABT Bream comp on the mighty Glenelg River over the first weekend in March so I’ll have the good oil from the pros.


Mulloway have been good after a late start to our season. On January 20 a nice school of mulloway entered the river and we weighed in fish to 7kg.

When they first came in Ross Maguire from the River-vu Caravan Park had a couple of hot sessions down at the estuary. Ross rows around in a classic wooden boat and can access very shallow water in this fashion. He really places his trolled live mullet in the best mulloway hot spots.

The school hung around the estuary for about four days, then started to move up-river. This is where they will be, moving up and down keeping us guessing which part of the river to target.

These schools of fish will stay in the river until the winter rains stain the river brown and push them out of the system.

Call into the pub and Heath or I will endeavour to direct you on where you might best try.

I should be able to get out after the fish again soon because the pub has quietened down a bit so that means more information for you next time.

The Glenelg is a picturesque place to fish any time of the year, but the next month or two will be the best with plenty of bream and mulloway action for anglers.

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