Mount Gambier Fishing Report

Craig & Coatsy's Fishing Report 10 August 2017
As most already know, Jamie is off on his 3 week road trip north. Something about warmer weather! He has set a high bar with his entertaining fishing reports over the last few years so please bear with me.

With spring just around the corner and temperatures creeping up into the high teens, many of us are eagerly rubbing our hand s together and dusting off the fishing gear.
Another 2 big tuna were boated out off Port MacDonnell last Thursday, both around the 115kg mark. It is shaping up to be similar to the last few years with the big tuna really hitting their straps during August, September and October. The weather, as usual is proving to be our biggest challenge. Our best offshore conditions have been falling mid-week and look like being the same for the next several days. Next year we will have to plan ahead and bank a few more sickies.
Salmon catches have been excellent right along the coast but the size has dropped off slightly. Stanley Aardenburg landed 15 lovely fish to 1 ½ kg in the Beachport Salmon Hole Monday arvo and I know of plenty of similar size fish caught along Lighthouse Bay. September normally produces fish up around the 4kg mark so don’t put the salmon rods away just yet!
Where we launch our boats in Livingstons is still quite weedy but will only improve from now on. With the right vehicle and plenty of experience fishos that know the area well will be able to launch but most will have to wait a few weeks for conditions to improve. The early birds should be rewarded for their efforts though. It’s prime time for squid from now until November. Expect to tangle with specimens to 1 ½ kg! Great fun. The new range of Yamashita squid jags look absolutely amazing and hopefully we will have them in store in the next week or two.
The local surf beaches have fished exceptionally well when conditions have allowed. As we all know our windows of opportunity have been few and far apart lately. Still, reports have filtered through of gummy shark, school shark and mulloway all along Browns and I also know of a 15kg mulloway beached near the Port MacDonnell breakwater. The fish was released and I did see a photo.
The Glenelg River looks quite dirty but the clarity is still ok. A few lads fished Tuesday arvo and found stacks of fish from Nelson right down to the lower estuary. With the water flowing quite hard, most fish were landed on vibes. Plenty of mulloway to 70cm, estuary perch to 40cm and a few bream were boated in an action packed session. As long as the river retains its clarity and doesn’t turn to mud the fishing will be great.

Have safe weekend and I will catch you next week!