bigger mulloway enter the estuary
  |  First Published: March 2010

Great news on the mulloway front, with a school of better-sized fish to 7kg entering the Glenelg River.

Initially providing great sport for the local putt-putt fraternity trolling mullet, bait-fishers using squid, rabbit and whitebait had a ball along with quite a few lure fishers down here pre-fishing for the Vic Bream Classic.

The area between the Popes Nose and the Poles had most of the action before the school dispersed upstream and currently they’re hanging around the shacks at Reed Bed just up from Donovans Landing.

Above that section, the smaller schoolies with the odd better fish amongst them have been prolific from the Dry Creek through to Sapling Creek.


Bream have still fished well down at the estuary, more so on the incoming tide. Crab is still number one for bait and for the flickers; hardbodied lures have really been getting smacked. Too much pressure from the sheer numbers of anglers can shut the estuary fishery down, but by April the effects of the Vic Bream Classic with over 50 boats looking for fish will have dissipated.

Jones Lookout and the Pines Landing at 56.5km upstream have also produced good bream and perch. Heaps of snags and other structure in the river are holding bumper sized fish.

This year conditions have seen this section fire up like the ‘good old days’, with whitebait, rabbit, live gents, yabbies and shrimp the baits of choice. The lure gang are using SX40 and SX48, Rapala Huskey Jerk, Bushy’s Stiffy Popper and Rebel Pop-R.

Another must for the tackle box is a lure retrieval tool. the snags must be full of expensive lures, and you don’t want to add to their collection.

About 1.5km above Pines Landing there is a huge tree across the river, mainly submerged you can push over it, giving access to quite a lot more river.

Ship worm problems

We have a problem in the Glenelg at present, with ship worm Teredo nevalas. It is creating havoc with the landings down here in Nelson and is yet to attack above Donovans Landing. The worm eats into wood and uses it for habitat; it hangs out of its holes and eats on small nutrients that swim by.

The holes it creates are about the size of a drinking straw. Its not fussy what it eats including treated pine. There lies the problem: it is causing huge damage to the boat sheds and landings here in Nelson with some in danger of collapsing, incurring a massive repair bill for a lot of people.

Introduced from Northern Europe, there is no known way to eradicate them. Apparently the only way to stop them is to sheave your poles with a plastic type of cover, effectively stopping them taking up residence.

I thought I’d make mention of it so boaters are careful when pulling up to landings making sure not to bump them too hard as some of the poles are quite fragile.

There will be a lot of working bees on the sheds over the next few months.

Remember to call into the pub and say hello, now that things are quietening down I should get a chance to go for a fish and hopefully some firsthand news.

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