Fantastic fishing during the months of October and November has everyone down here excited. I have lived here for 15 years and I have never seen mulloway of this size.
Last month saw lots of guys who regularly fish the river break their own personal records. Shane Quinlan who could be the best mulloway fisherman on the river caught stacks. Shane’s favourite baits by far are spewworms and clickers (bass yabbies). It is not unusual to hear that Shane has fished all night, run out of bait and driven the four hour round trip to his secret spewworm spot. His efforts have really payed off and after many years of catching loads of mulloway Shane got a 26lb beauty up around Princess Margaret Rose Caves, along withy plenty of smaller ones.
Another noteworthy catch was Dean Millard from Dartmoor. He was trolling live mullet at the estuary behind his electric motor when he noticed heaps of mullet being herded up into the shallows. He couldn’t get close, so he wound in the baits and cast into the feeding frenzy. Bang! Two ripper fish of 24 and 25lb.
Dean Truman boated a 29lb beauty down at the estuary again, over in the shallows. He saw the flash of the mulloway and cast a favourite lure, a small Attack in the green and yellow pattern. One wind of the reel and bang, he was on. That’s great fishing given he was targeting bream on 6lb line.
Ian Anderson, Tony Lovell and Malcolm Barko really love their fishing down here. They have all caught mulloway in the 20 plus pound bracket.
Also making an appearance was Rod MacKenzie and big Gus Storer, the Murray cod experts from border country. They had a ball with soft plastics down on the sand, bagging several office hours fish. I was pleased to see these blokes get some sea breeze into their inland lungs.
I know of at least a dozen anglers who have been spooled recently, so look out. If you are thinking of trying the Glenelg and you have not fished for mulloway before then make sure your gear is good working order. You don’t need the really heavy stuff but it’s got to be working properly, particularly the drag system. If you fish 12lb line then your drag shouldn’t be set above 4lb. The general rule is no more than about a third of your line breaking strain.
Mulloway will generally hit hard and run so have your drag set as loose as you can without the danger of over run. When you get a run, let the fish go a bit and then strike to hook up. Tighten your drag to one third of the breaking strain of your line and be patient during the fight.
Bigger fish in the still water of a river will give you heaps. The better ones shake their huge head and tend to stay down as deep as possible. If you have a good hook up then you should land him. Just don’t make the mistake of tightening the drag too much when you have the fish close to the boat. More often than not they will have one last run saved up.
The bream have been quite prolific in the upper reaches. It’s the same old scenario; cut or whole crab cast into the banks. Whitebait that can be caught in the river has also been good. It’s been working better at night. The bream have finished their spawning run so we should see them disperse throughout the river now.
It’s been nice to see some VFM readers down this way and keen to drop in for a chat and the latest fishing news. We can’t guarantee you a fish but we can be certain they’re in the river and should stay here till well into next year. Don’t forget that I’ve got information packs on Nelson and the Glenelg River so give us a call and leave your details on (08) 8738 4011 and I’ll send one out.Reads: 1407