Mount Gambier Fishing Report
Winter so far has been kind to fishos but this weekend looks a little untidy. Saturday looks like the pick if the days with only a little breeze forecast, but the swell is up around 4 to 5 metres. As we all know living in the South East, conditions can change in the blink of an eye so you never know.
The tuna are still in full swing right along the coast. Anywhere from the 40 metre line out to the 100, vast amounts of fish around the 10 to 12kg mark can be found. The big fish are still out there also, you just have to put in the time if you’re keen on hooking one. Jason Fulham and crew boated a lovely fish that went 80 kg last Saturday and pulled the hooks on another. Conditions permitting, I have no doubt we will see many more barrels landed over the next couple of months.
Gummy shark and school shark catches have been quite remarkable with great numbers still being caught from out wide and right in amongst the kelp beds from Flinty Point right through to Piccinini. The surf fishos are also getting their fair share with Browns being the most consistent.
No whiting reports this week but garfish numbers have been excellent. Cape Douglas has fished exceptionally well for both the boaties and those wading. Big tommies and mullet have also been mixed in with them.
Salmon catches have been excellent from Cape Banks right through to the Beach Port salmon hole. Most of the fish have been a little on the small side, around the kilo mark but there have been the odd 2 ½ kilo fish mixed in with them. If the weather holds up, Saturday looks like being ideal for casting a lure or pillies in the hope of landing a salmon or two.
The Glenelg River has fished well this week. Those who have been prepared to cover the miles and put the time in have enjoyed great . The estuary, the bridge and up around Donovans have all fished well for mulloway. Quite a few quality fish up around 80 to 90cm have been caught also. Mathew Bell and Craig fished the estuary with every lure known to man on Sunday. Mathew landed a lovely mulloway that went 82cm and a few small fish on plastics first thing in the morning. Picking Craig up at Nelson at around lunch time, the pair fished until dark and only managed 2 more small fish. That’s dedications though. 10 hours of constantly casting lures for one keeper!
The estuary perch have been very cooperative in the late arvos with fish taking surface lures and plastics from the bridge area up to Dry Creek. Bream have been a little patchy up river but good numbers are still coming from Nelson down to the estuary.
Until next week, safe fishing!