Estuary flows best
  |  First Published: April 2009

The Snowy River and Brodribb River estuary system is fishing at its very best. With the good tidal flow, plenty of new fish seem to be plying the system.

Prawns are plentiful along the foreshore from the Marlo jetty down to Frenchs Narrows, and when the sun goes down the whole area lights up with people prawning. The new catch limit is 30L of whole prawn or 5L of meats.

Flounder are also a by-product of prawning, with the minimum size 23cm and bag limit 20.

Along the same area is a flathead haunt and while prawning many are sighted and big flathead squats can be seen. The minimum size for dusky flathead is 27cm, bag limit of 5 (with no more than one fish may equal or exceed 60cm).

Bream, luderick, mullet and estuary perch are in good numbers and are being caught throughout the whole system. Plenty of salmon and tailor also entering the system and are taking all kind of lures.

A couple of mates of mine, Jack Robinson and Keith Voss, were camped at the slips for a week or more and had some of the best fishing possible. Fishing from the mouth of the slips to the entrance of Lake Corringle and fishing the first of the run-in tide they could have bagged out on bream on many occasions, including lots of bream between 40-50cm using black crab. Mick Colling and myself ventured out with them on one occasion and caught bream up to 43cm, also using black crab and frozen prawn.

Another local angler Len Jackson, who has been out of action with a knee replacement, is back again fishing with live prawn and has been getting good bags of bream and luderick. John Fecondo and Colin Weir, other keen anglers, have been doing likewise, using live prawn. Local angler Kim Kellow had a real mixed bag, consisting of bream, luderick, trevally and a lone tarwhine. Kim was fishing from the last platform on the snowy.

The surf beaches are also fishing well. Dick and Dot Trelor, our most consistent beach anglers, have had good results with many salmon and tailor over 2kg caught on a mixture of bait, poppers and lures. Early on Sunday morning Don hooked four gummy sharks but only managed to land two losing the others at the surf edge. Don caught both sharks he landed on blue poppers. Chris Davis another keen gummy angler is still getting his bag on most occasions.

Offshore from Cape Conran when the weather permits is fishing at a premium. Flathead gurnard, leatherjacket, barracouta and gummy shark are plentiful, and lots of mako and other toothy sharks are working berley trails. Best results are on most salted bait, fresh couta fillets and JIG-EM lures.

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