North coast fishing well
  |  First Published: November 2009

Finally the water colour is back to normal. The Tamar estuary has had the biggest flush out that I can remember and the water temperature has shot up to a balmy 18C.

The fishing has been picking up as well.

Low Head

Low Head has been fishing well. Good catches of southern calamari have been taken. The best catches seem to be around the lighthouse area and also Kelso. For the land-based angler, Clarence Point and Kelso pontoons are worth a shot. Pioneer Power squid and Neptune Tackle Smoothie squid jigs are the best ones for the present.

George Town

George Town area has started to pick up with the warmer water and weather. Australian salmon are being taken around the Monument and Love Island in recent weeks. The salmon have not been big but are still good sport for locals and visitors.

They have been up to around 1kg, with the most productive lures being silver slices, soft plastics and trolled flies.

Good schools of barracouta have been seen swimming around the Pier pontoon. Anglers have been catching them floating pilchards down a berley trail.

Pipe Clay Bay at George Town has also been productive with catches of nice size flathead being taken.


Sidmouth area is also fishing well. Salmon, ‘couta, pike, flathead, mullet and silver trevally have all been taken off the pontoons. One of the most productive land-based fishing would have to be the Deviot pontoon.

Anglers have been catching cocky salmon and flathead on the run-out tide. Most have been using bluebait or whitebait, but a few have been experimenting with soft plastics and have been having some success.

The best ones being Yep Tassie Tackle 3” minnows in the colour whitebait and Berkley Gulp 3” minnows in the colour smelt.

Pipers River

Pipers River is still fishing well with silver trevally and bream on the bite. The bream are being taken on square backed crabs, prawns and lures and have been caught up to 1.6kg.

The silvers are being taken mostly on prawns and whitebait on the run-in tide.


Off the north coast blue sharks and makos have just started to turn up. They have mainly been taken around the 50-60m line. They can be taken in much shallower waters at times. The presence of arrow squid and ceuta are a good indication that we are going to have a good season.


Bridport has been fishing well with sand flathead up to 50cm being taken around the 20m line. Also nice gummies have been turning up now and then. Most anglers are catching them, on Silstar Jig‘m’Rigs in the colour PP.

Bait also has been taking its fair share of fish as well. In close to the beaches southern blue spotted flathead have been taken up to 60cm long. Most of them have been caught land-based in less then 2m of water. Soft plastics have been working really well as has the bait. The run-out tide has been the best tide to fish of late.

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