Mount Gambier Fishing Report
Below average conditions on the weekend meant that only the keenest of anglers made their way onto the water, but thankfully as we came into this week, the weather settled down and the past few days have been very fishable.
The offshore guys weren’t able to hit the water on the weekend, but Tuesday and Wednesday calmed off nicely. There were a handful of barrels caught this week, Extreme Marine Charters put their clients on to a ripper, estimated at 90kg – 100kg, and even managed a 35kg – 45kg fish, which is an unusual size for our area. There were fish caught to 136kg over the past few days, and a couple that were also tagged and released. The bottom fishing has been good when conditions have allowed, still good numbers of shark being caught, along with the usual tasty reefies, such as flathead, knifejaw and nannygai.
There has been a fair bit of weed to contend with for the beach goers this week, thanks to the recent big seas and high winds. That will slowly disperse over the next few days, but there are still some great salmon to be caught. Lighthouse and Redrock are still the most consistent, but Canunda and the Salmon Hole are definitely worth a look if you’re in the area.
A few anglers have opted for the protection of the little bays this week, and it just goes to show, if we put the time in and fish those areas we forget about over winter, there are still some great fish to be caught. King George whiting are usually a summer target species for us down here, but there are still some great fish around in the cooler months. The Port MacDonnell Breakwater, Cape Douglas, and Carpenter Rocks are all areas worth trying, along with your favourite summer spots. Numbers mightn’t be as prolific as in summer, but the quality of fish is normally at its best. There are some nice big tommy ruff being caught this week in the same areas, and when eaten fresh, they’re very good on the table.
Garfish have continued again this week; there has been no real change for a number of weeks now. The numbers and size have both been excellent, and being so widespread, from Kingston SE to Port MacDonnell, they’re very accessible for just about everyone. Tommies, salmon trout and mullet are all still very prolific through the same spots, so a mixed bag is definitely on the cards.
It’s not long until we’ll start targeting squid down here, and I have no doubt that as soon as the sea settles a bit and we get a few days for the water to clear up, there’ll be fish caught straight away. Livingstons Bay is the usual hot spot, but any ribbon weed beds in 6 – 15 feet of water will generally hold squid.
There have been a few whispers of yabbies starting to crawl in a few of the swamps and lakes dotted around the western district of Victoria. The old saying “you’ll only catch yabbies during months with an ‘R’ in them” has been disproven over the last few years, and by the sounds, this will be no different. The freshwater fishing has been good. Redfin are still the most targeted, with those putting in the effort finding some very nice fish on blades and spinners.
The Glenelg River is still fishing well this week, with some nice mulloway catches being recorded. James Carlin has been putting in a few hours over the past couple of weeks and has been rewarded for his efforts, several mulloway to just under 100cm, and plenty of smaller fish to keep him busy. Chris Hoggan boated a nice high 90cm range mulloway on a daiwa swimbait on Tuesday evening, fishing in the Taylors Straight area. Neville Issacson boated himself a nice 95cm mulloway on a live mullet during the Glenelg River Angling Clubs winter comprtition, and a few nice bream also. The bream have spread out again this week, with a mixture of prawn, whitebait and crab all being the most popular baits. Estuary perch have been hitting vibe style lures this week, use the sounder and find the concentration of fish, and throw at them. They’ve gotta eat eventually!
The forecast for the upcoming weekend looks quite reasonable for Saturday, before Sunday takes a turn and looks quite nasty.
Until next week, safe fishing!
Craig & Jamie