Snowy and Brodribb Rivers firing
  |  First Published: December 2009

The silly season is here and the fishing is great, bream, luderick, estuary perch, trevally and mullet are being caught in good numbers in both the Snowy and Brodribb Rivers.

Prawns are in good numbers along the esplanade at Marlo; the best location seems to be from the Marlo Jetty all down to French’s Narrows.

With the prawns on the sand flats, flathead are also there and in good numbers, giving the lure anglers plenty of action.

Salmon and tailor are also in good numbers giving the lure angler plenty of sport. The surf beaches are also firing with big schools of salmon and tailor and an occasional pinkie snapper on the move.

The fishing here has been great, and at this time of year the gummy shark are running in close to shore and many of the local anglers venture down to the beaches in the evenings after the days work is done. On many occasions when wind and weather permits anglers have been getting their bag limit, consisting of two size gummy shark.

Offshore from Cape Conran the fishing is excellent with flathead, gurnard, morwong, pinkie snapper, leatherjacket, barracouta, squid and shark. As the water warms up the pelagic fish will arrive to feast on the many schools of baitfish, and with them many different species, making our area an angler’s paradise.

With the Snowy entrance at Marlo very shallow due to ever decreasing flows in the river, Cape Conran is the only place with a ramp allowing access to Bass Strait from our area.

The ramp has at times been a problem sanding up after bad weather, luckily the local Parks officer organises removing of the sand as soon as possible, and regularly emails ramp conditions to this store.

Back to the fishing Steve Brain, a regular angler from Omeo, had a good outing capturing two good size gummy shark, some flathead and pinkie snapper. Steve reported anchoring and berleying to obtain his catch.

Another couple of local anglers Roy Herbert and George Peachy seeing the burley trail Steve had created took advantage of the situation also bagged out of gummy shark and landing some good flathead, but no pinkie snapper. I’ve had many other reports of good size gummy shark, and plenty of flathead, barracouta and squid being captured off shore.

The surf is firing with salmon in big schools along the beaches. Anglers are having a ball spinning with silver lures and capturing salmon up to and above 3kg, and catching tailor nearly as big.

Bait anglers are also getting their share with good captures of salmon, tailor, flathead and pinkie snapper.

Best results on bluebait, whitebait and pilchards; all used in conjunction with poppers.

As mentioned in the evenings the gummy shark are running along the shoreline. Tony Munday and fishing group have been getting their two gummies on most outings; again many other local anglers have done likewise.

Best results are had using squid legs, eel, and fresh fish fillets.

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