The Tamar River is still fishing well! The water temperature has started to drop off a bit and is sitting around 16C, but the fishing hasn’t slowed too much.
At Low Head the Australian salmon are still on the bite but most of the fish being taken are juveniles. Some larger fish are being taken outside the estuary. Most anglers are catching them on silver slices around 20g and soft plastic lures, which resemble the baitfish they are feeding on.
Yellowtail kingfish are still present but as the water temperature drops they will in all likelihood disappear. Most are being taken around the last two Farewell Beacons at the Tamar Heads.
Arrow squid are still about but numbers are dwindling.
George Town has also been fishing quite well. I have heard of some good catches of snotty trevally and they are being caught off Clarence Point, Garden Island and Pipe Clay Bay area.
They have been of good size up to around 1.5kg. Anglers have been catching them on Sabiki rigs baited with chicken breast.
Pinkie snapper are just starting to slow up as the water cools. George Town and Beauty Point seem to be the hot spots. This has been a terrific snapper summer and all anglers will be hoping this good fishing continues a little longer.
Andrew Hinkley, Ben Sherriff and Adam Condric report seeing a large sea trout swimming around York Cove in the bay at George Town. Andrew hooked it on frozen whitebait and after a hard fight it broke his braid line. They guessed the weight of the fish to be around 4kg. The same day Andrew’s light spin-rod buckled once again and he thought that he had hooked the same fish but it turned out to be a 1kg pinkie snapper.
They also report there are good size yellow eye mullet and slimy mackerel around. These young anglers have put in many hours recently at the George Town pontoons and I am certain they will catch the big one that got away.
Pipers River has been fishing very well for big bream. Fish up to 2.2kg have been taken over the past few weeks. Local anglers have been catching them on square back crabs and prawns.
They are mainly being taken around the pipi beds near the river mouth.
Pipers River prawn dip netters have been doing very well throughout the estuary. Some dip netters have been catching up to 1kg of big juicy prawns. Some decent garfish have also turned up in the estuary as well.
Bridport has been fishing well for big Australian salmon. They are being taken around the Brid River mouth and have been up to 2kg in weight.
Good flathead have also been taken out wide on Silstar Jig-Em rigs. Most of the better fish have been taken between Sandersons Rock and the Cut in about 18-25m of water.Reads: 3244