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  |  First Published: January 2010



The Tamar has really started fishing well; the water temperature is around 20C and the estuary is looking great.

The Low Head area is fishing well with good catches of pike, barracouta, Australian salmon and yellowtail kingfish being taken.

Most of the fish have been taken trolling lures. Halco Slices, Norstream Sluk lures and Spanyid Raiders have all been taking plenty of fish. The best areas for the kingfish have been around the last two farewell beacons at Low Head.

Shear Reef is another good spot to try your luck.

Tide is another important factor when chasing kingfish. They feed in different tides so once you have cracked that code you have a good chance that they will be back in that spot at the same tide the next day.

Batman Bridge area is also fishing well with salmon, silver trevally, barraouta and some snapper turning up. Salmon have been popping up on the run out tide around the Drumstick Island near the bridge. They have been chopping the surface after whitebait, so lures that resemble whitebait nave been the most productive.

The barraouta are being taken underneath the schools of salmon. Deep jigging with heavier metal lures would be the way to go. Good catches have been taken in Spring Bay, Redwood Bay and Log Reach.

Snapper have also appeared in the estuary. My kids and I have got on to a few up to 4kg and a few other anglers have also had good results as well.

Most of the fish seem to be school fish with the big snapper yet to show their heads. Most of the snapper have been caught around the Batman Bridge area but have also heard of some land-based catches from Clarence Point and George Town.

Beachford is still fishing well. A local lady angler has been having great success fishing of a night around the full moon.

She came into the shop the other day and showed some photos of some impressive gummy sharks and a couple of monster King George whiting which would have weighed every bit of 2kg. She caught these fish on squid.

Also at Beachford, some large seven-gill sharks are still being taken from the beach. Luke and Barry Messenger have caught a few up over the 100kg mark.

This is a great time of year to be out fishing so pack up the car and head out.

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