Mulloway magic
  |  First Published: December 2009

The mulloway are firing up very nicely.

Plenty of mulloway are being caught at present; one local caught and released 24 fish in one session at Bowds Landing on Rebel Fasttrack lures

Schools of fish from 2-9kg have entered the mouth and good catches are to be had in the estuary from the Poles down to Popes Nose.

Initially baits and lures fished deeper got the cherries and as the winters dirty water cleared the trolling brigade with live mullet and lures dragged up and down the river really started to fire.

As the fish have dispersed throughout the river, catches have been taken from the estuary through to Sapling Creek 26 km upstream. It will be of no surprise if mulloway spread even further upstream over the next few months.

If you are coming to the Glenelg to target the mulloway my advice is to call the pub on 08 87384011 or Deano and Patti at the kiosk on 08 87384061 for the latest fish goss, also Chris and Brett from the boat hire for all your live bait needs 08 87384048.

My best advise is to learn how to utilise your fish finder, work out the programs and reduce the sensitivity or frequency, this will give you the best reading by reducing clutter on your screen from smaller bait fish.

Mulloway can be easily marked if you put that little bit more effort in and whilst spotting them doesn’t guarantee a hook up, it will help in sourcing the areas you need to target for later trips.

Last but not least is your bait and gear, fresh or freshly thawed is best. So squid, octopus, spew worms or whatever you use, look after your bait. With your tackle, sharp hooks and good line with tied and strong knots are fundamental; it’s amazing how many busted off stories we hear.


Bream also have spread throughout the system. I fished just below Pritchards Landing 42km upstream last week for a good bag of bream to 36cm; all caught on unweighted diced pilchard. I moved about 15 times and probably caught over 100 fish to get a bag limit, a great arvo out.

Similar stories are coming from all over the river on various baits and lures. For land based breamers the estuary is a fantastic spot to wade around and fish off the sand bars that have formed down there. Most bait will work and lures such as the small attacks, SX40, Camo sandworm and surface poppers work well.

Because of the tidal movement you can easily let your lure float off with the flow and then retrieve it, great to see more and more people trying this method.

Estuary Perch

Perch catches have slowed down, probably due to mulloway fever engulfing the village, not because of lack of fish. The only reports I have had have come from Forest Camp and right up as far as Wild Dog Bend. All were caught on small yabbies and live gents cast into snags.

Along the coast

Along the coast the surf fishing has been excellent for gummy shark, especially on eel, squid, octopus and fresh fish fillet. Eel is great because the sea lice don’t attack it like other baits.

Danger and Green Points have fished well for snapper and a variety of shark; target the huge kelp beds there. Garfish, whiting, salmon and snapper are being boated in the Breakwater at Port Mac Donnell, Bungalow Bay, Livingstons and Cape Douglas. Cockles, fresh fillets and live gents should see you with a feed.

A few guys are using false baits in the sea now and it’s good to hear soft plastics and blade style lures accounting for their share.

Also you can legally fish for cray fish with a drop net in South Australia, so they are certainly worth dropping in near to where you are fishing.

Offshore at the 100m line gummy and school shark along with Terakihi, knife jaw and flathead are on the menu for the bottom bouncers. Further out on the continental shelf blue eye and hapuka are being landed. No firm news on the tuna as yet but stay tuned.

The Glenelg River Angling Club is holding their annual fishing competition on Saturday and Sunday January 9 and 10. Prizes for adults, men and women plus children, entries can be made on Saturday morning below the Kiosk here in Nelson from 8.30pm or before at the Nelson Boat hire.

Now that you have all recovered from the hectic festive season I hope to see more down here having a crack at the fish, call into the Nelson Pub and say hello, and if you have something special, we can take your photo and put it in my report.

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