The winter is upon us and with colder conditions only the keen angler is venturing out.
With fewer anglers the fishing tackle business is slowing down and of course making the reports are a lot fewer.
But some reports are coming in assuring me there is still plenty of fish to be caught. Both the Snowy and Brodribb rivers are holding plenty of bream, luderick, mullet, salmon, tailor and estuary perch. The surf beaches seem to be all firing with good catches of salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet and shark on the bite. Offshore from Cape Conran although the yellotail kingfish seem to have disappeared, but nearly everyone who ventures out seems to be getting plenty of fish; flathead, gurnard, pinkie snapper, morwong, squid, barracouta, pike and shark.
Orbost Rotary Club had their annual fishing weekend, the weather was very kind and by all reports the fishing was very successful, with most of the participants taking home a good supply of mixed fish fillets.
Other good captures reported were Shane McConechy catching and releasing 14 bream ranging from 28-34cm. Kinsey Light fishing with Shane managed to land a couple of larger bream measuring 38cm. Greg Trewin fishing near Lake Corringle caught a bag of good size mullet using sandworm.
Vincent Light’s boys have been getting plenty of luderick fishing the Snowy using sandworm. At the present time sandworm has become hard to acquire as the professional bait licensed fisherman haven’t been pumping because of the scarcity of good size beds. There seems to be enough worms for the anglers that are fit enough to pump their own, but the other anglers who are unable are in a bind.
A new product just hitting the market has dried sandworm that to use must be cut into bait sizes and soaked in water for 20 minutes. A friend of mine test run the product and gave it the thumbs up, said it worked fine. Orbost Angler has just acquired good stock of the product.
The surf beaches have been fishing well, Naomi Allport landing salmon weighing 2.893kg on light tackle, husband Geoff Allport also was in on the act capturing some good size fish. Dick Trelor fishing Corringle Beach has been getting good size salmon and tailor, bait fishing and using a popper. Dick tells me most were caught on the popper.
Plenty of other reports of big salmon and tailor being taken on most of the surf beaches. Best results seem to be using bluebait, whitebait, squid, pilchards, always in conjunction with a popper.
Although the weather is cold at night some of the keen gummy shark anglers have ventured out with some mixed results.
Some anglers have reported capturing one or two for several outings and others reports of one group getting five gummy shark and one mako fishing near Yeerung Beach.
Kinsey Light with two good size bream she caught in the Snowy River.Reads: 3238