During the summer months the fishing in our area is nearly always at a premium.
The whole of the Snowy and Brodribb River system seems to be a Mecca for many fish species that arrive for the annual prawn season that runs right through until Easter.
With the prawns in good numbers not only the fish gather to eat their fill, many astute anglers are also out gathering their share for eating, and using the smaller ones for bait.
The main area for gathering prawn seems to be from the Marlo Jetty all the way to French’s Narrows. Most anglers gather the prawn using a prawn dip net and an underwater light to detect them.
Both the Snowy and Brodribb Rivers are holding plenty of bream, luderick, mullet and estuary perch, providing plenty of opportunities for anglers to catch their lot.
Some of the bream, luderick and EP are up to and over 46cm, but there is a catch, as a lot of small fish are also in the system. Anglers should remember to be considerate with their catch and release procedure.
The platforms along the Snowy are excellent spots for anglers to access the river, and are producing good bags of bream, mullet and luderick. One such capture was Craig Perry with a bream measuring 45cm caught using frozen prawn fishing from a platform on the Lochend side of the Snowy.
Megan Joiner caught huge luderick weighing 1.98kg on sandworm near Bream Point. Colin Weir and John Fecondo have been getting estuary perch on a regularly basis fishing the structures using live prawn under a float.
Geoff Robinson bagged out on luderick all over 30cm using sandworm fishing the Brodribb. Many other anglers reported getting plenty of luderick fishing down towards the entrance, again using sandworm. Lure fishing with in the shallows along the foreshore at Marlo has produced good captures of flathead using both soft plastic or hardbodied lures.
The surf beaches are all firing, with plenty of salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet and an occasional pinkie snapper during the day and it’s gummy shark galore at night. Fishing during the day it is imperative to use a popper or surf grub in conjunction with bait, you still have a lure working for you if the crabs get your bait.
Rod Artley caught a good size salmon weighing 3.39kg using squid at Corringle Beach. Another good catch was Michael Manini fishing Point Ricardo. He noticed a rip running out from the beach creating a channel, and being an astute angler he retrieved his river gear from his car and fishing the channel caught a bag of big mullet using sandworm.
The gummy shark fishing this year has been awesome with many anglers bagging out on many occasions, best results on squid legs, fresh fish fillets and eel.
Offshore has also been firing with plenty of flathead, gurnard, barracouta, squid, morwong, pinkie snapper and plenty of gummy sharks.Reads: 793