Mount Gambier Fishing Report

Craig & Coatsy's Fishing Report 13 December 2017

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Warm weather over the past few days has been well received by anglers across the south east, and with the sea and wind both lying down, it’s been fantastic.

The boaties who have headed offshore this week have reported some nice catches of flathead and gummy shark in the 90mt - 120mt marks, and there has still been good numbers of snapper caught too. The snapper ban is lifted on Friday at 12 noon, so we’ll be able to bring home a feed. The guys in a bit closer, in that 50mt – 70mt zone have reported sharks in good numbers, and some nice blue morwong and nannygai.

There have been a few people targeting mulloway along the coast recently, and I’m hearing of guys being pestered by snapper. The numbers and size both seem to be excellent at the moment, so let’s just hope they continue the trend once the season opens. On the mulloway front, there has been plenty caught recently, and although most have been below the 82cm limit, the odd legal fish has popped up. There seems to be plenty of baitfish hanging around, so it should only be a matter of time until the bigger fish turn up.

The surf fishing this week has been excellent. Fish have been very spread out this week, so trying to put your finger on one spot in particular is nearly impossible. Tyson Ploenges has had a couple of excellent trips this week, landing himself a nice mulloway and a couple of gummy shark just in time for Christmas. Salmon numbers have been good through Canunda on most afternoons, which in turn are making excellent baits for sharks and mulloway of an evening. There are still the odd elephant shark cruising around along the Browns Beach area, and plenty of good eating sized gummy’s. The Coorong has produced some nice fish this week, with the bulk of the action coming from the upper reaches. Mulloway numbers have been great, as have the sharks. Mulloway to 15kg have been the most common, though there is the odd bigger fish lurking too.

The whiting fishos have been catching some beauties this week, both landbased and in the boats. Green Point has produced some rippers, with fish in the high 40 cm range coming over the side. The landbased guys at Carpenters Rocks and inside the Port MacDonnell breakwater have done well, and although they’re not getting their 10 per trip, 3 or 4 fish of 40cm or better is an excellent feed.

The Port MacDonnell breakwater has seen plenty of fish caught recently. Tommy ruff, salmon trout, whiting, flathead and squid have all been taken from the town jetty of an evening, and after last year’s refurbishment, it’s a great safe place to take the kids.

Gar numbers have been good again this week with reports coming from far and wide. Cape Douglas and Livingstons have been the two most frequently mentioned spots, but any sheltered bay is worth a shot. Livingstons has seen some more good squid fishing this week, with boats finding 10 or so with relative ease.

The freshwater fishing has been red hot again this week, with some excellent redfin coming from Rocklands Reservoir on a mixture of cast soft plastics, and trolled hard bodies. Fish of around 40cm have been the norm this year, and there are some in there that are even bigger. Trout are in reasonable numbers at Toolondoo, but they can be hard work at times. There are still good numbers coming from Lake Wallace, which is only getting better and better.

The Glenelg River has produced some nice fish this week, with the upper and lower stretches doing well. The mulloway action has been predominately below the bridge, although there has been the odd good one caught up river. Young Harry Taylor fished with his old man Dave on Saturday night and landed a couple of legal mulloway, along with some thumper bream and even a big mullet. There have been some excellent reports of perch on surface lures in the very upper reaches of the river this week, some of the fish I’ve seen have been well over 40cm, so there are some absolute crackers getting about.

This weekend’s forecast looks like it’s going to be fairly reasonable, so hopefully we see plenty of fishos out on the water!

Have safe weekend and we will catch you next week!

Craig & Jamie