The mulloway have spread themselves throughout the system.
They do move around, so your fish finder is invaluable. Slowly move about and search for them. Bigger samples of mulloway to 20lb are still around but we have stacks loads of fish around 50-70cm in the river: great fun on light gear.
On a recent night out with Craig, Stuart, Joe and Georgia Muir plus Doug Mc Cabe we caught several 2-3kg fish on 2kg line; great fishing especially on the first frenetic run that mulloway nearly always give you.
Lures such as Rebel Fastracks are working well and I believe better before dark, then old mate mullet trolled around works great day and night. If you’ve worked hard for your live mullet, daylight trolling with lures will preserve your bait stocks. We recently went spot lighting for mullet (one holds the light whilst the other dabs the mullet), in a short while you will have enough bait for a good trip chasing the elusive mulloway.
Once again I advise you to ask around the locals for the latest fish news Patti – Dean at the Kiosk 08 87384061, Chris, Cheryl and Brett at Nelson Boat hire 08 87384048, Doug and Bev at the Roadhouse 08 87384142.
The bream seem to have really spread themselves out as well, reports are coming in from all over, with the on going attention of the juvenile bream population really testing anglers’ patience. There is little to say other than perseverance will pay. Keep on trying and keep on moving about, change tactics, bait or lure, where you fish, be it the edge, just off the edge, bottom structure, snags or reed beds mix it up, what works today may change tomorrow.
Perch fishing has been exemplary with some ripper trophy fish to 45-50cm. They were above Pritchard’s Landing in big numbers early on, and January has seen a lot move down river and catch tales are coming from as low as Donovan’s Landing.
Hardbodied lures are accounting for most fish with traditional bait fishers using shrimp, crickets, gudgeon and live gents.
Along the coast the surf fishing is unreal, with big numbers of gummy shark along with salmon, mulloway and some ripper bream have been beached. A local standout beach has been Bung Bung Beach and Nobles Rocks. It would be worth your while asking Patti and Deano from the Nelson Kiosk for the latest beach news.
Offshore humongous mako shark have been boated: the boys must be getting in before the ban on catching Mako and porbeagle shark comes in on Jan 29.
Good snapper catches again coming from the regular hot spots such as Green and Danger points and Livingstons Bay west channel. Whiting are being caught at the breakwater at Port MacDonnell and all the sheltered coves and bays through to Cape Banks. Fish the sandy patches with cockle and live gents.
Southern bluefin tuna 40-60kg have been caught off Kangaroo Island and schools have been spotted out from Robe. February is generally the month for the start of the tuna run.
February and March are probably my favourite months for fishing the Glenelg, good weather is on the cards, good numbers of fish are in the river, an interesting mix of people are around and the larger crowds of January have dropped off. So come on down and give the river a go and see me at the Nelson Pub.Reads: 2372