Big Bass and Browns
  |  First Published: December 2005

Buzzy Hewat, our local hatchery man, and Dave Wade has regularly been getting good bass in the Snowy River on lures.

The biggest female weighed an impressive 3kg. Her prodigy will certainly help the local bass population in our area.

Greg Jerkins from Lakes Entrance has also been catching bass with fish up to 48cm – all on hard-bodied lures.

Marty Greaves has been fishing the Brodribb and bagged a 2kg brown trout. He caught it on earthworms fished in shallow water. Other anglers have also been in on the act catching bass and trout, mostly on lures.

Local lad Andrew Morgan, who has been trying to catch a bass on a lure since he could ride a bike, has finally nailed a monster. Fishing just before last light, he changed to a black and gold Squidgy and bang! He thought he had a snag, but was soon reminded of the pulling power of these strong fish. The trophy bass weighed 2.56kg and measured 53cm to the fork.

The Orbost Fishing Club’s recent tournament produced some excellent bream. Most weighed over 3lb and were caught throughout the system, from Lake Coringal to Lake Curlip, and from up the Snowy right down to the Marlo entrance.

The gummy season is upon us and soon the surf beaches will be the go. Evenings should see gummies and seven-gillers showing up at Yeerung Beach. In general, the surf beaches have been fishing well with good catches of salmon, trevally, tailor and flathead, with an occasional elephant shark. The best baits have been bluebait, whitebait and squid. Poppers have also been productive.

Offshore from Cape Conran, when weather permits, the flathead are there in numbers and all boats are getting good bags.

For all the latest information about what’s biting where, contact Jim at Orbost Angler on (03) 5154 2440 or 0419 883 218.

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