Fish galore!
  |  First Published: February 2009

The whole of the Snowy and Brodribb river systems are booming, with bream upwards of 2kg common, along with luderick and estuary perch and mullet. Tailor and salmon can be found everywhere, trevally are in good numbers, and flathead to 4kg are being caught in the shallows below the Marlo Jetty. To top it off, prawns are in and can be caught from the Marlo Jetty to Frenchs Narrows.

The surf beaches are all fishing well with plenty of salmon, tailor and mullet, with some fish up to 3kg; flathead and gummy sharks are also on the chew.

Offshore the fishing is excellent when the weather permits. Flathead are big and plentiful, gurnard are always around, leatherjacket are in good numbers, and there are plenty of barracouta to test out your gear. Pinkie snapper are also on the chew and mako, thresher, gummy and many other species of sharks are being caught.

Local angler Ian Rickard, fishing with father Bill, caught and released two flathead over 4kg using soft plastic baits. Bill also reported that, the day before, Ian caught a number of good-sized bream, with the biggest over 2kg using soft plastics.

Another local, Greg Jerkins, has had good results targeting estuary perch using hardbodied lures and Devilfish vibes.

Many other anglers have been getting plenty of sport using metal lures on the salmon and tailor.

Bait fishers haven’t been left out either. Roy Herbert, an angler who does a lot of fishing, has been getting good bags of bream and luderick using sandworm along Ross Bank, and also up the Brodribb above the bridge. Some fish have been over 2kg.

Luke Janson, with sons Ian and Terry, have been having a private competition taking turns to catch the biggest bream near Lake Corringle. Terry is the winner to date, with a 47cm bream caught on sandworm.

Jamie Sanna and son Jess have been getting good bags of bream and luderick fishing down past the Backbone, using sandworm.

The Farley brothers, Peter and Glen, have been getting good-sized gummy sharks from Corringle Beach.

Chris Davie has been doing the same, fishing further down the beach near the Morass.

Don Trelor bagged a 3kg tailor on a silver lure fishing Corringle Beach.

Plenty of big salmon and tailor are on the bite at Point Ricardo, with most being caught on bait and poppers.

Offshore from Cape Conran, weather permitting, the fishing has been great. Jack Robinson and Kirk Lawrence caught some good-sized flathead and a 20kg mako.

Tony Perkins and crew have had plenty of fun catching flathead, leatherjackets and gummy sharks. Timmy and John Brunt have been doing the same.

Some big bream are being caught right throughout the Snowy and Brodribb systems.

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