Estuary Looking Good
  |  First Published: April 2010

Surprisingly enough the prawn is still along the foreshore at Marlo.

Although they are too small to be eaters, they are good bait size, and many anglers are taking advantage of the situation and gathering them for a later date.

The future is looking good for the fishing in the estuary, as it is teeming with small bream that are in huge schools throughout the whole system.

With their ravenous appetite it’s making it hard for the bigger fish to get a chance of getting the bait. Having reported the small fish, the bigger fish are here as well. Luderick are schooling along the rock groins around the second island and the mud banks throughout the system.

Estuary perch are also holding on most structures and are in good numbers. Trevally are lurking everywhere with some more than 2kg.

But the lure fishing seems to be getting the best results on soft plastic and hardbodied lures. Salmon and tailor are also taking lures, with most being taken between the entrance and the second island.

Flathead are being caught in good numbers down towards the entrance, with best results on lures.

Surf Beaches

The surf beaches are another matter. They are firing with plenty of salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet and shark. Bait anglers have been getting good results using bluebait, squid and whitebait, all under a popper.

Some of the salmon have weighed in excess of 3kg, with many tailor nearly as big. Junior anglers Jaydon Rainer and Damon Steed caught a tailor each weighing in excess of 1.5kg, resulting in two very happy boys.

Gummy sharks are still being taken in the evening with some huge species up to 1.8m being landed; squid legs, eel or fresh fillets getting the best results.


Fishing offshore from Cape Conran would have to be the best season for many years. Big numbers of flathead, gurnard, leatherjacket, morwong, pinkie snapper, pike, barracouta, squid, plenty of gummy and school shark, and that’s our usual fish species.

There is plenty of baitfish in slimy mackerel, striped tuna and with them kingfish and mako shark delivering plenty of action.

Most of the fish species can be caught on the drift, bottom bashing using many different types of rigs with a couple of the best Jig-Em bait rigs and Black Magic snapper snatchers, used in conjunction with small amounts of bait.

When fishing for gummy shark best results seem to come when fishing reasonably close to shore, anchored up and using berley. Catching baitfish has never been easier using a Sabiki jig rod and Sabiki bait jigs with no more tangles.

The kingies are attacking Rapala X Rap 15, 20, and 30 lures and in most patterns, also Pakula Uzi and Fluzi lures as well as big poppers and big Spanyid lures.

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