Marvellous Marlo
  |  First Published: May 2009

The days are shorter and the weather is not as sunny and a touch on the cooler side, but the fishing in the estuary system is still very good. The prawn has disappeared at last and the fish are probably not as well fed and having to seek other baits.

Salmon and tailor are still giving plenty of sport to the anglers using lures, one of the best areas seem to be down from the Marlo jetty towards the entrance. Estuary perch are up both rivers and are holding on most structures. Bort Rivers are also holding plenty of good size luderick with many anglers getting their share using sandworm.

The surf beaches have also been good with plenty of salmon and tailor and quiet a few gummy sharks. Off shore from Cape Conran when weather permitting the fishing is still excellent with plenty of good size flathead, gurnard, morwong, pinkie snapper, barracouta and gummy and other species of shark.

Justin Smith fishing the Snowy River and using frozen prawn bagged a beautiful bream measuring 43cm. Good size mullet are in the Snowy, and many local anglers have been getting good captures at Gilbert’s Gulch using sandworm. Greg Jerkins, one of the many local anglers using lures only, has had good results in the Snowy fishing for estuary perch with several up to 50cm. Greg also informed me tailor are also well up the Snowy with some up to 2kg. Whane Helmers fishing from his house boat in the Snowy bagged a flathead over 4lbs.

The Brodribb has also been producing some good results; Digger Howard bagged out on luderick using sandworm; Terry and Ian Janson have been having a ball using soft plastic lures catching estuary perch up to 50cm and bream nearly as big.

Offshore from Cape Conran is still fishing magnificently. Local anglers Allan Steel and Bob Marthick on their last outing had an excellent morning catching a bin of big flathead and a gummy shark each. Tony Perkins and his crewman Robbie Price have been getting plenty of flathead and gummy shark fishing straight off the point of the cape in 150m. Best of all it was Robbie’s first gummy and measured over 4ft. Robbie Steed fishing with crew, Jack Robinson and Kirk Laurence had a day to remember three gummy shark and 6ft plus mako.

The surf beaches from Corringle to Yeerung have all been firing with plenty of salmon, tailor, flathead during the day. Best results can be expected on blue bait, white bait, pilchards, pipis and squid, not forgetting poppers and metal lures. The night is another story as it’s gummies galore with many anglers getting their bag on most outings, best results on squid legs. Chris Davies fishing Corringle Beach has been doing well with the biggest almost 5lb but many over 4ft. Tony Munday and Paul Lavell have been doing likewise fishing below Corringle on the Morass track again using squid legs.

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