Snapper season set to continue
  |  First Published: March 2010

The Tamar is fishing really well with the water temperature still hovering around 20C at the heads and an amazing 23C inside.

It has been a very different season with high numbers of snapper and yellowtail kingfish being caught.


The snapper have gone a bit quiet but this is quite normal for this time of year, as it is their spawning period.

Most of the fish that have been taken are averaging around 1-3kg but there have been a few catches of fish up to 7kg.

A big proportion of these fish are being taken by land-based anglers. The best locations seem to be the Hillwood pontoon, Deviot pontoon, Craigbourne boat ramp, Bonnie Beach pontoon, Beauty Point Wharf and Clarence Point pontoon.

The best baits seem to be squid, pilchards and chicken breast. Boat anglers have also had some success. My kids and I have had several fish over the last couple of weeks up to 3kg.

Elephant Fish

Elephant fish have also started building up in numbers. I don’t personally like them to eat but they are a great sport fish on the right tackle. I usually use a 3kg light-spinning outfit for them, which means you have a ball. Best spots to target them are shallow feeding bays with a mud base.

Of a night is a good time to target them and there is no restrictions on water depth once the sun goes down. I have caught them in as little water as 1m. The best baits seem to be squid, cuttlefish and pilchards.

Kingfish are still being taken at Low Head. Local anglers have been doing quite well over the last couple of weeks but once again there doesn’t seem to have been any bigger kingies landed. Fish of up to 3kg seems to be about average.

There are reports of much bigger ones are being bought up to the side of the boats but just not getting them in!

Best methods seem to be trolling lures such as Spanyid Raiders, Halco Lazer Pros, Rapalas, Poppers and small skirted lures. Jigging with knife jigs has also been taking a fair share, especially around the last two farewell beacons.

Mussleroe Bay

My family and I had a trip to Musselroe Bay recently to stay with some friends. We went fishing down at the boat ramp in the little river and ended up with about 15 rods in the water and over 20 people fishing. Out of the 20 I reckon 14 of them would have been kids.

After a short while one of our boys spinning rods bent over and after a short but hard fight he had landed a King George whiting. This was first of many for the day. During the next couple of hours the group had caught over 40 whiting, numerous bream and plenty of silver trevally.

Out of all the fish landed I only landed about two. I was having a really bad day and all my family and friends wouldn’t let me forget it.

To top things off I even bogged my Landover!

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