A whale of a time off the Cape
  |  First Published: December 2008

The fishing offshore from Cape Conran is a magnet for our area. The fishing is nearly always great. Good catches of flathead, gurnard, leatherjacket, barracouta, morwong, snapper and many different species of shark ensure its popularity.

Recently local fishing enthusiasts, Joe and Pauline Connelly, ventured out early one morning and were headed towards their favourite fishing marks when they sighted a couple humpback whales heading home for the summer. They snapped a couple of shots of the frolicking pair and then settled down to the task of catching fish.

After some time with the whales well gone, Joe noticed on his fish finder the biggest fish he had ever sighted – it was the image of the humpback whale deep under his boat. It’s a most incredible picture.

With recent storms the Snowy River entrance at Marlo has opened and hopefully will remain so for a few months to come. With the fresh water running to sea it will attract many new fish into the estuary and add to the many fish already there.

There are bream, luderick and mullet up the rivers and in the lakes, while estuary perch seem to be on all structures, taking live prawn, sandworm and lures. Local anglers John Fecondo and Colin Weir are regularly getting their four or five using live prawn under a small float.

Greg Gerkins, another keen lure fisher from this area, has been catching perch to 50cm using Gulp Baby Shrimp in banana prawn and moulting shrimp colours.

Since the entrance opened Paul Lavell and Tony Munday have regularly been getting good bags of bream fishing Lake Corringle. The vicinity of Bream Point seems to producing good bags of bream, with some up to 44cm, for anglers using frozen prawn.

Digger Howard and Fred Skidmore also managed a good bag with 15 bream, two luderick and four mullet, mostly caught on frozen prawn. It won’t be long and the fishing will be exceptional.

The surf beaches are starting to fire right up with many good-sized salmon and tailor on the chew throughout the day. There are many reports of gummy sharks being taken on squid legs during the late afternoon and early evening.

An amazing photo of a humpback whale marking on an angler’s sounder off Cape Conran.

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