Fishing firing up.
  |  First Published: October 2009

As the floods begin to clear and the weather starts to heat up the fishing will only get better and better.

Already in the Tamar there has been good catches of southern calamari, Australian salmon and searun trout.

Low Head has started to pick up with some decent catches of Southern Calamari being taken recently. They have been taken over the shallow seagrass beds. The most productive spots to try are off Ainslie retirement village at Low Head, Low Head pilot station and around the East Beach area.

The most productive squid jigs are Pioneer Power squids in the colours Lumo and Neptune tackle 3.5’ Smoothie in the colour lime green and chartreuse. Baited squid spikes are also taking their fair share of calamari.

Also still being caught around the area are some nice Australian salmon with fish up to 1.5kg being reported. Most of the larger fish are being taken around Five-Mile Bluff, Beechford and Weymouth. Local fishing gurus Rex Meikle and Jack Cavell have been taking salmon in the Tamar around Kelso Island and further up towards the Heads. The fish haven’t been as big as the ones down the coast but still up to 1kg. They are mainly catching them on soft plastics, slice lures and flies.

Although the searun trout season is running a bit late due to the many flood waters I have heard of a couple of fish taken out of the Trevallyn Tail race. Most of the searun trout action seems to be coming from the Pipers River. One local George Town angler has taken several fish around the 2.5kg mark from the Tamar using garden worms for bait.

Some nice bream have also started to appear in the lower Piper estuary. Reports are coming in of an angler reportedly catching 5 nice fish up to 1.5kg using prawns.

As the weather warms up a bit more they can also be taken using lures such as hardbodies and soft plastics. The run in tide seems to be the most productive.

Beach fishing has also been very successful with Barry and Luke Messenger of George Town catching some large seven-gill sharks off the beach after dark around the Beechford area. They have had the odd catches of gummies as well.

Matthew Sherriff reports of some nice gummies being caught at Little Musselroe on the last full moon between 3-10kg. They were taken not far from the beach out of his boat, using octopus for bait. He also reported that there were big schools of salmon boiling around the river mouth but didn’t manage to catch any due to the weather turning rough.

He returned to his campsite eager to head out the next day but the weather wasn’t on his side.

Local mako shark angler Neil Dempsey reports that the water temperature is still a bit low needs to rise before makos become a regular prospect.

The Supply River has also started to really clean up and is fishing really well. My son Ben has been fishing it with great success. He has managed to catch quite a few brown trout on garden worms. He reports the best time of day is late afternoons. It would pay to take plenty of tackle with you, as there are plenty of snags further up the river.

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