Mount Gambier Fishing Report

Craig & Coatsy's Fishing Report  17 October 2019
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Pleasant weather over the weekend allowed plenty of anglers an opportunity to hit the water, and it didn’t seem to matter if you went offshore, inland or up the river, the fishing was great.

Offshore anglers made the most of the flat seas over the weekend and plenty headed in search of a feed of bottom fish. The wind on Sunday made the going a little tougher than we’d have liked, but the fish made up for it. Gummy and school shark were in the sights of most, and some great samples were boated from 10mt of water, right out to the 100mt line. There have been some good numbers of flathead, knifejaw and blue morwong hitting the decks also, so the variety is excellent at the moment. The tuna news has been very quiet, though I don’t even know if anyone has targeted them since the opening of the cray season. There have been reports of plenty of birds, whales, seals and dolphins, so the signs are still there if anyone gets keen and wants to have a last crack.

There have been a few whispers of snapper this week, which is a good sign for those wishing to get a feed or two before the ban takes effect. The inshore reef areas are prime targets, get a nice big burley trail happening then give it a crack. Gummy and school shark are usually caught in the same areas, along with the odd mulloway and whiting if you’re lucky. Stuey Telford and crew managed 3 nice gummies over the weekend in the Green Point area, so get down and have a crack.

There have been some more encouraging reports of whiting catches this week from across the South East. The landbased guys have been landing themselves some great fish, with the average size still holding around that 38cm – 40cm mark, so that’s very encouraging for so early in the season. There have been a few reports this week of whiting off the Port MacDonnell breakwater, and mixed in with them are salmon trout, tommy ruff and mullet. The boaties are doing well in Hutt Bay, Carpenter Rocks and further around at Beachport.

Squid numbers have been great this week. There are some thumpers coming from Livingstons Bay on jigs, with a handful of those squid being over 3kg. They’re starting to turn up now right along the coast, Wayne Bromley and Sue Ayres come across a good patch in Beachport and took a few nice ones home for a feed.

Surf fishos have been getting in on some great fish, with sharks being on the menu for most. Corey Auld landed a few nice school shark in Canunda, with his best being a cracker at 14kg. He also reported plenty of big salmon which were quickly upcycled into the sharks. The Coorong has continued fishing well again, more gummy shark have hit the beach, and Dylan Broad also managed himself a nice little bronzie to fill the freezer. Down a bit closer to home, I’m still hearing of some reasonable fish from the Beachport and 10 mile area, but the weed can make the going tough. Piccininni and Browns Beach have also been weedy, but when the tides and swell is just right, the weed moves out and the fishing is quite good. Gummy shark and salmon have been the most prolific along that section, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing the odd mulloway start to poke their heads up.

The inland fishing has started to fire this week, some great redfin have been boated in Lake Wallace, but the trout are still a bit elusive. Gordon, Ben and Khane Jeffrey headed over to the Lake Fyans fishing competition on the weekend, and young Khane boated a beautiful rainbow trout at 50cm. Ben managed 4 nice big reddies, unfortunately after the comp had finished! Still a great weekend away and some very nice fish.

The Glenelg river mulloway have fired up again this week, with 4 consecutive mornings this week producing some very good results. Trollers using live mullet have boated fish to 24lb in the mornings around the poles and down into the estuary. If you can’t get live baits, I’d expect the daiwa hybrid swimbaits to produce very similar results. Bream and estuary perch have been good this week, from the sand flats all the way up into the deeper water of the upper reaches we’re seeing some very nice fish.

The weather forecast for this weekend is the worst one we’ve seen in a number of weeks, but I’d expect we’ll see anglers opt for the river or inland instead.

Until next week, safe fishing!

Craig & Jamie