Early-season action
  |  First Published: November 2004

The weather has been sunny but cold, and with the arrival of the frosts mullet have entered the rivers in big numbers. September also marked the beginning of the bream run with big numbers heading up the streams in the area on their spawning run.

Estuary perch have also appeared and have moved into the weedbeds around the Marlo estuary and will shortly move up the rivers onto the snags. Luderick are also here, although in small numbers, but that will change as the season progresses. With the rain in the catchments, Australian bass have been taken in the lower reaches of the Snowy and Brodribb rivers.

The platforms on Marlo and Loch End roads are producing big bags of mullet, luderick and a few big bream. The Brodribb has also been producing the goods with mullet schooling near the Little Snowy. Bream and luderick have been taken up near Cabbage Tree Creek. The best results seem to be on sandworm or frozen prawn.

Fishing in Lake Coringal at night seems to be the go with bream ranging 30-43cm in length taken on bass yabbies, sandworm and shell. Marlo estuary is producing bream, mullet and luderick up at Ross’ Bank and the Lake Coringal entrance. Estuary perch are being taken on soft plastics in the weedbeds below Marlo jetty, but for real lure action, salmon and tailor are nailing Lazer and diving lures. The salmon are averaging 2kg+ with tailor 1kg+.

Andrew Morgan won the recent Orbost Angling Club (August) competition with a big bream 1.595kg. Andrew was fishing at night at Lake Coringal. Other winners were Alison Reynolds 1.060kg bream; and Mike Reynolds 1.040kg salmon. September competition winners were, Ken Edlighton for 1.950kg bream; Margaret Coulton 1.060 kg salmon, Danny Janson 1.550 Bream, Andrew Morgan best bag.

Coringal and Conran beaches are fishing well for salmon, trevally and flathead. Best baits have been bluebait, whitebait, and pillies, with surf poppers or soft plastics grubs a must. Plenty of salmon have been taken on Lazer and Raider lures.

Garfish are also being caught at the boat ramp at Conran with best results on sandworm and sand flees fished under a float. The boat ramp at Cape Conran is open and good catches of flathead, gurnard and squid and occasional gummy shark.

For the very latest fishing information, contact Orbost Angler, (03) 5154 2440.

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