Big rains but fish still active
  |  First Published: July 2009

Tamar River has been very quite the last few weeks due to the big rains we have received. At the moment the estuary is the colour of a chocolate milkshake. I have not seen it this dirty for several seasons.

Although the fishing has not broken any records it is good to see the river getting a good flush out, which will do the Tamar the world of good.

Australian salmon

Australian Salmon are still present, and there has been some really good fish taken by two local George Town anglers at Low Head. They have been catching salmon up to 2kg in front of the Ainslie Retirement Village. Both of the anglers have been having success on 3” Berkley Gulp minnows in the colour Nuclear Chicken and have also been catching a few on the fly. Smaller fish have also been caught inside the estuary.

The best lures to use in the smaller fish seem to also be soft plastics. Yep Tassie Tackle soft plastics in the 2 -3” minnows are working well in the colour Whitebait and White Pearl. The best spots to try for the cockies of late have been Redwood Bay near the Batman Bridge, Long Reach, Shag Rock and Beauty Point.

Snotty Trevally

Snotty trevally are still being taken inside Garden Island and Pipe Clay Bay. The best land based spot seem to be Clarence Point pontoon. A Sure Catch sabaki rig spiced with a small piece of chicken breast seems to be the bait of the day. Some of the pontoons are definitely worth a trip through the winter.


Windermere pontoon is the Tamar’s number one pontoon for catching cod. I know cod is not my favourite fish either, but Windermere pontoon is normally packed 7 days a week this time of the year because of the slimy cod. Some of the older anglers have been brought up on them. My mother-in-law Mary can’t get enough of them and she is forever bugging me for a feed when I go snapper fishing. The pontoon is also a good spot for yellow-eye mullet. A small piece of bluebait or whitebait on a small bait jig is a productive way to catch them. Sea trout are also present this time of year and occasionally taken.

Deviot Pontoon

Deviot pontoon is also a productive spot during the colder months. This pontoon can also be a Snotty Trevally hotspot. Some years extra large snotties are taken off this pontoon. I have personally seen snotties of up to 2.7kg taken here. Couta, flathead, salmon, mullet and garfish are also an option.

Inspection Head

Inspection Head wharf at Beauty Point can also fish well through the winter. It is a great spot as you can fish out of your car if the weather is too rugged. Winter time species regularly taken include snotty trevally, ‘couta, pike, mackerel, salmon, cod, mullet and gummy sharks; remember the Tamar is a shark and ray nursery ground so they must be released unharmed.

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