Mako Sharks Everywhere
  |  First Published: December 2009

The Tamar has been fishing well.

The water temperature has warned up to around 18.5 degrees and the weather seems to have settled down nicely.

Offshore action

At Low Head the makos and blue sharks have turned up in force. They are chasing barracouta and arrowhead squid.

Neil Dempsey of George Town has landed the biggest mako to date at 140kg. Neil also reported having a big shark swim around the boat on the same day in excess of 200kg but was not interested in bait.

As well as the sharks around there have been quite a few whale sightings. Mako anglers have seen humpback whales regularly. In is a good sign to see them in such numbers. Flathead have been good during the last month. Tiger flathead have been taken around Barrenjoe Island which lies about 15km east of the Low Head lighthouse. Anglers are catching them in around 40m of water on Silstar Jig-em rigs in the colour PP fish squid. Also nice Gummies have been taken while flathead fishing.

North Coast Estuaries

Pipers River local and very keen angler Rocky has been catching some nice bream around the mouth of the estuary. He reports the best tide is low tide running in. He uses Prawns for bait. Square crabs are also a good option if you find that frozen prawns are unavailable.

The Rubicon estuary has shown some success as well. Bream, silver trevally, southern blue spot flathead and big Australian salmon have all been taken during recent weeks. Land-based anglers around the Frankford Highway Bridge are regularly taking bream of up to 2kg. Prawns and Crabs are the most popular baits.

The salmon have been taken throughout the estuary just north of the Squeaking Point boat ramp. Trolling Silver Pilchard style lures, metal slice lures and clear tubing seem to be the most popular methods.

Beechford action

Beechford is still fishing well with anglers Barry and Luke Messenger taking some nice gummies and flathead after dark. They report that squid is their number one bait. Moon lit nights seem to be the most productive and this also helps keep the sea Lice at bay. The Australian salmon, which were prolific down here, seem to have disappeared for the moment.

In George Town the salmon are still here with Jack Cavell still catching his fair share at the monument. He says he is mainly using Silver Slices. Off the pier pontoon the ‘couta, jack mackerel and mullet have all been taken lately. Best baits seem to be frozen bluebait and whitebait. Fishing around the tide change is the most productive time to fish especially when it falls early in the morning or late in the day.


The Sidmouth area is just starting to pick up with catches of ‘couta, salmon, mullet all being on the bite. Bonnie Beach has been another hot spot for the land-based angler.

We can only hope for more good weather and the fishing will keep on getting better.

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