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Still plenty of mulloway
  |  First Published: April 2010



Good news on the mulloway front, there are fish in the system at present to just under 6kg mixed in with a smaller sample at 2-3kg.

We are hearing daily reports of mulloway bags of 5-10 fish with 2-4 keepers and the rest returned to grow.

Last month the fishing was fantastic around the full moon, and this should also be the case this month, but I prefer to target just after the full moon. The trollers did exceptionally well, I know of one boat that caught more than 20 fish in one frenetic outing, but, of course, only a couple were kept for the table.

Best bait for trolling has again been mullet and for those anchored: squid worked a treat. The most productive area was around Princess Margaret Rose Caves and I would think that would be the best area again this month to start your search.

Other areas that produced catches were the estuaries, Taylors Straight, downstream from Donovans Landing and between Hutchisons Landing and Sapling Creek.

Hopefully I will be out having a go myself soon, so call the pub on 08 87384011 and we will try and fit you out with the latest mulloway news.

Remember the last couple of years the biggest mulloway have been caught in June and July, so fingers crossed it will happen again this year.

Bream

Bream have certainly dispersed throughout the river at present so you will have to up anchor a lot in your search. The estuary is still producing good bags on the incoming tide, Donovans, Hutchisons, Forest Camp and just below Pritchards Landing have produced good-sized fish but not big numbers. So be organised and work out a simple and quick system for anchoring your boat.

Estuary Perch

Perch have slowly spread from Pritchards down through to Sapling Creek: their movement downstream would suggest that it won’t be long and we will start to see them down near Donovans Landing over the next couple of months.

It is unreal to hear of so many perch being caught and released, it shouldn’t be long until the Glenelg River becomes a premier perch fishery. Lure technology has been the main change in the increased catch rates and while most are expensive they do work very well, Ecogear SX and VX Eco lures appear to be the standouts.

Well worth the dollars are lure-retrieving poles and slide devices; nothing peeves you more than losing a good lure and it’s unbearable to lose two or more.

Offshore

The tuna haven’t fired up this year yet, fish are being boated, but not like the last four seasons that have possibly spoilt us.

But good numbers of albacore have appeased offshore anglers.

Whiting numbers have dwindled but size has been exceptional at 40-44cm. Best spots to try are Red Rock Bay and the Breakwater at Port MacDonnell. Great garfish are also present at Cape Douglas and Livingstons Bay. Livingstons is also producing huge snook to 1m on shallow diving lures such as Mag Minnows or even 15g shiny salmon lures.

Nene Valley has been very consistent this year for big mullet and salmon right out in front of the shacks.

Shark are still prolific between Danger and Green points; an outing in this area should see you with snapper and the possibility of big mulloway for your bag as well.

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