Salmon and snapper action
  |  First Published: February 2010

The Tamar River’s water temperature is a balmy 21C at Low Head and 23C at the Batman Bridge.

The fishing has been excellent with massive schools of Australian salmon running throughout the estuary.

There has been a mixture of sizes from juveniles through to adults with the biggest around 1.5kg. However, most have averaged around 300-500g. They have spread throughout the system, but the best areas seem to be at Longreach near the Bell Bay power station through to the woodchip mill.

Low Head has been a hot spot with the bigger salmon being more prolific around this area.

The best lures seem to be silver slices of around 20g and soft plastics such as Yep Tassie Tackle 3” Ready Rigs in colours mellow yellow and blue oyster. The Yeps are a bit tougher than other soft plastics and local anglers claim that they catch around 20 fish per plastic, which is pretty good.

Trolling clear plastic tubing is also a lethal method of targeting salmon.

Braydon and Rod Bennett have been catching some nice silver trevally in York Cove using frozen bluebait. Around the low tide change they have also been catching some decent yellow eye mullet. They suggest anglers try the York Cove pontoon as it seems to be fishing better at the moment.

Barracouta and pike have also been abundant around the Tamar Heads. White plastic slices have been very productive lures and the Halco Smith jig is worth a shot.


Snapper are still being taken throughout the estuary. There are many anglers catching them this year, which is great to see. Some anglers are doing well on Silstar jig rigs in 9cm Squid.

Although the number caught is well up on previous years, the fish are on the smaller side. Most of the fish are less than 3kg but there have been a couple taken around 5kg.

The bigger fish will hopefully turn up soon when the water temperature starts to drop a little.

Yellowtail kingfish

Kingfish reports are still coming in from the Tamar Heads. Most anglers are catching them trolling with lures such as Halco Raiders but a few are doing OK jigging with knife jigs.

The prime spots seem to be the Greens Beach red farewell beacon and also the kelp beds near the beacons.

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