Gurnard and Sharks Offshore
  |  First Published: July 2005

With the cold weather, it might be harder to brave the elements and go fishing but the fish are still around in numbers. Bream, luderick and mullet on bait, estuary perch and tailor on lures. Many good catches of garfish have been reported from Cape Conran. Fishing offshore is hot with many good catches reported.

Merv Light has fished the Snowy River near the Little Snowy and has been catching bags of luderick regularly on sandworm.

Mullet are schooling near the Little Snowy and are being caught in big numbers too.

Ian Rickard has been fishing the snags in the Snowy and has regularly been getting estuary perch between 1kg and 2kg on D.O.A shrimps. Now that’s great fish in anyone’s book!

Ken Lavell has been fishing down towards the backwater and caught a bag of bream and mullet. The bream were caught on crab and sandworm.

Bob Adam has been fishing in the same area and getting good results on sandworm too.

Helmut Kummer bagged a bream around 4lb on a BassMaster Killer Shad (tomato colour) plastic in the estuary at Marlo.

Fishing off Cape Conran is still great and the flathead are there just waiting to be caught. Luke Janson with sons Ian and Terry have been nailing plenty on JIM-EM rigs, which they reckon are great.

Quinton Greeves and Kirk Lawrence fishing off Cape Conran have been catching flying gurnard.

Kirk has also been fishing with Jack Robinson lately. They bagged a 14kg school shark (cleaned). Most anglers are also taking gummy sharks.

The beaches are the place to be with salmon and tailor in big schools. The lure fishing is great. Buzzy Hewat and Chris Voss tell me they had a ball catching salmon over 2kg using Lazer and other shiny metal lures.

Colin Weir has been doing the same and hooking tailor around 2kg.

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