Mount Gambier Fishing Report

Craig & Coatsy's Fishing Report 11 October 2017
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Fishable conditions over the weekend saw plenty of boats hit the water in search of offshore fish, and by the sounds of things, most boats found some lovely fish.

The Port MacDonnell Offshore Angling Club held a “Mako Madness” competition at the weekend, and although plenty of boats ventured out in search, no mako sharks hit the scales. All was not lost though, as there were some very nice gummy and school sharks caught. Tracey Tito managed the fish of the comp, with a pending Australian record gummy shark that went 30.28kg on 4kg line, an outstanding effort. Nigel Telford and crew found some very nice sharks on Saturday arvo, with the best being a schoolie that pulled the scales down to 31.4kg. There were quite a few snapper caught in the deep water over the weekend also, so it’s good to see the numbers starting to build up before the snapper closure kicks in.

Surf fishos have been finding some very nice fish over the past week, and the pleasant weather has made the fishing a lot less difficult. Gummy shark seem to be on the menu of most, with some very nice fish to 10kg being beached. There has been the odd mulloway again this week, but the majority have still been under that 82cm size limit. The best areas have been Browns Beach again, and back through to Piccininni, just keep on cruising until you find the decent looking water. I’m starting to hear of a few big sea bream off the beach, and when using light gear and smaller graphite rods, they’re awesome fun.

The Port MacDonnell Breakwater has produced some nice fish this week, with salmon, whiting, mullet and even some nice flathead being caught. There have been a few squid caught off the jetty and boat ramp of an evening, and I’d expect the numbers to continue improving as the weather warms up. There have also been some nice garfish caught off the jetty of an afternoon. A small burley trail and a bunch of gents has been the recipe for success, and a few added tommy ruff and mullet are about for a bit of a bonus too.

Cape Douglas has been alive with garfish again this week, and there has been some very nice bags caught. Big fish in excess of 45cm haven’t been uncommon, and their numbers have just been excellent. Livingstons Bay has produced plenty of big gar also this week, but the main buzz is the squid fishing. Craig did a quick trip on Tuesday afternoon for 11 squid, and also reported plenty of tommy ruff sitting in the burley trail. Nathan Thomas and Chris Eldridge found a few thumpers over the weekend, with one being a monster 3kg specimen.

Inland waters have continued to produce some ripper fish, with trout and redfin being in the sights of most. Lake Wallace is fishing extremely well, and it looks like the upcoming competition will be a big one. Trout over a kilo are being caught on the troll and the cast, as well as on bait suspended under a float. Redfin are in good numbers still, and although the Lake Wallace fish are a little on the small side, there are plenty of lakes close by that have bigger fish. Toolondo and Rocklands are just a few of the several spots I’ve heard of big reddies, so they’re out there if you keep on the move. The Valley Lake has produced some big carp over the last couple of days, and is a great option for kids during the school holidays. Kobi Rothall has landed a few big fish on corn kernels, and when fishing ultra-light gear, they’re awesome fun to catch.

The Glenelg River hasn’t really cleaned up at all, but the fish don’t seem to mind. The best catches I’ve seen this week have come from the Donovans area and below. Ian Antinof and crew landed some beauties, with bream, mulloway and perch all being caught. The fish of the trip was Ian’s estuary perch, which has to be one of the biggest perch I can ever remember, coming in at 55cm. The guys fishing the lower reaches, from the bridge down have been sounding up and catching some smaller mulloway on Samaki Vibelicious lures. Rob Berlin fished with his two girls, Bella and Grace on Monday afternoon and managed a few smaller mulloway. Rob tells me that there was plenty of activity on the sounder, so as soon as the clarity improves a little bit, it’ll fire up.

The weather looks like it’s getting even better for the upcoming weekend, and even into the high twenties early next week. 
Hopefully the wind and swell does just as its forecast to do so we can all get out there for a crack!

Have safe weekend and we will catch you next week!

Craig & Jamie