Bream and mulloway booming
  |  First Published: December 2004

Hello from Nelson! I’m pleased to inform you that the fish have been on the bite. Bream have been very consistent all year and at present fish have been taken throughout the river from the estuary to Pines Landing.

For the newcomer that’s 55km of river to find fish in! The regulars seem to know where to go, and where the fish are at any time, so if you want some info call in and see us at the Nelson Hotel and we will try to help you out.

The best bait is still crab and because the river has cleaned itself up the edges are the spot. As one seasoned angler stated: “If you don’t throw your bait within six inches of the stone cliffs, you’re too far out.” Other baits working on the bream are clickers, spew worms, scrub worms or local pod worms. All the soft baits are working better at night, because of the on going battle with juvenile bream.


Unusually, the first lot of fish that came in headed straight up to mid-river around the Dry Creek to Sapling Creek part of the system. Bait anglers kicked butt on fresh spew worm and clickers. Running sinkers with 3/0-5/0 hooks have been the best rigs.

Never discard an evening with good quality pilchards, though. If you have never fished for mulloway, remember always fish with your drag set lightly. Mulloway hit hard and you could start a tackle shop up with rods and reels that lay on the bottom of this river.

I had an evening out with Chris Carson from Nelson Boat Hire in Chris’ pride and joy, (sorry Cheryl and girls), a 420 Quintrex Explorer that he has just fitted with a Minn Kota 55lb autopilot bow-mounted electric motor. We flicked around Atomic Fat Grubs and Berkley Drop Shot minnows in the watermelon colour. I suggested we try the estuary for a fish we had some success with seven size fish to 1.2kg, with a lot of just under size being released.

On arrival back at the hotel five other anglers were at the bar and they had a great afternoon fishing at Hutchessons Landing – all, bar one, bagging out. That was off the landing, too. You can never tell, but that’s why we keep on trying.

Cheers, until next month… For the latest fishing information, contact the Nelson Hotel, (08) 8738 4011.


David Yule, of Corryong (Vic), with a 1kg+ bream he caught on a black crab in the Sapling Creek area, 25 km upstream. Fishing the edges is the key to success.

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