Warm Currents Bring Fishy Riches
  |  First Published: April 2009

History has a way of repeating itself. Just like last year, the warm water offshore from Cape Conran has made the whole area erupt into a fishing paradise. Baitfish are everywhere: from the boat ramp into open water.

Stripy tuna, although not huge, are a good size and in good size schools. Flathead, gurnard, leatherjacket, pinkie snapper, and squid are also plentiful, with mako and gummy sharks around in numbers.

The surf beaches have all been producing good catches of salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet, plenty of swimmer crabs and good size gummy shark.

The estuary is still purring along with decent captures of bream, luderick, estuary perch, trevally and mullet. And there are plenty of salmon and tailor for anglers to have a bit of fun with lures.

Prawns are still on the sand flats along the foreshore at Marlo, along with flathead lurking in the shallows waiting to attack anything that passes, especially the tasty prawns.

Offshore from Cape Conran local anglers Joe and Pauline Connelly had a blast on their last outing. Heading offshore to their favourite GPS mark, they berleyed up plenty of yakka and small slimy mackerel, threw out some bait and ended up with three good-sized gummy sharks, an inquisitive mako that was nosing around the berley trail and a few flathead.

Likewise, Luke Light fishing with his brother Ian had a great day out bagging a dozen flathead, a couple of flyers, two gummy sharks, a small mako and five stripy tuna – not a bad morning’s fishing. Many other great captures have been reported with big flathead, pinkie snapper, gurnard, flying gurnard, morwong, squid, leatherjacket, and barracouta all being caught. The best results have been on bluebait, white bait, squid, pilchard and JIG-EM lures.

The surf beaches from Corringle to Yeerung have all been firing with plenty of salmon, tailor and flathead during the day. These fish have shown a preference for bluebait, white bait, pilchards, pipis and squid. And don’t forget the poppers and metal lures as the salmon and tailor have been very keen to chew on them.

Fishing the beaches at night is another story as it’s gummies galore with many anglers getting their bag on most outings. The best results have been coming from anglers using squid legs. Chris Davies has been fishing Corringle Beach and doing well with the biggest gummy shark he has landed being almost five foot long with plenty over 1.1m. Tony Munday and Paul Lavell have been having similar success fishing below Corringle on the Morass Track using squid legs and landing plenty of quality gummy shark.

So Marlo is on at the moment and well worth a visit whether you are keen on a fish in the estuary or from the beach.

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