Mount Gambier Fishing Report
What a great long weekend. A little breezy at times but all in all, very fishable and plenty of fish.
No tuna reports out off Port Mac but they seem to be all around us! Portland through to Port Fairy is still producing good numbers of tuna to 30plus kilo, with the odd good yellowtail kingfish mixed in with them. Victor Harbor through to Beachport, the tuna numbers are excellent also. It’s quite normal to see an early run of fish around February and then the big numbers turning up off Port MacDonnell around April, so offshore anglers aren’t all that concerned. Plenty of other options kept the offshore fishos busy over the weekend.
Mako numbers have been excellent out off Portland but quite scarce off Port Mac. A few fishos told me they had trouble getting baits to the bottom out in the 100 metres due to huge schools of arrow squid. Not a bad by catch though, they make great bait and are pretty good on the table as well. A Little tougher than calamari but if you marinate them in kiwi fruit, they are delicious.
There is still plenty of snapper around. Numbers may be down slightly but the average size is way up. Hot spots have been Danger Point, Pelican Point, Western Chanel and Blackfellows Caves. Anna Ferraro, fishing off the Port MacDonnell jetty even managed a lovely 4kg snapper, along with a good size whiting and 7 tasty squid.
Garfish numbers have been good right along the coast. Size has varied from day to day but generally the majority have easily made size. Bodhi Pannenburg fished Livingstons on the weekend and boated a very healthy catch of squid and garfish.
The surf has fished really well from the Coorong, all the way through to Swan Lake all summer. Last weekend was no exception. The Southeast Amateur Surf Club’s Coorong surf competition was huge success. First prize went to Sean Pumba Farrell with a lovely mulloway that went 9.98kg, 2nd went to Grady Janeway with a 7.2kg gummy and 3rd to Josh Whaits with a 5.95kg mulloway. There’s a rumour going around that Peter Durbridge might have sliced the tip off his finger while casting with braid. Not sure if the club awards prizes for that but I am pretty sure they will have something lined up for him! A little closer to home Flynn Thomas beached a 94cm mulloway off Browns Friday evening. Dad Nathan fished out in the boat and couldn’t manage a legal mulloway. Might have to stay on the beach next trip Nathan and put Flynn in the boat!
A lot of anglers turn their noses up at the mullet but fresh, I think they are right up there with the best. Most surf beaches and protected bays will fish well, with a steady burley stream. A couple of lads have been fishing the Southend jetty of late and have been catching plenty.
Mulloway numbers and size are still on the increase off Danger and Green Point. Nigel Telford boated another lovely mulloway last Friday morning that went 12.8kg on only 4kg line. Great fish Telfy. That’s just another of many this season for him. Alan Boyle from Perth boated his first ever mulloway out off Danger Point last Friday morning that went to 93cm. Nathan Thomas was the skipper and he demanded all the credit.
The Glenelg River fished well last weekend even with all the long weekend boat traffic. Mulloway to 5kg were caught in good numbers from Donovans right down to the Estuary. Aron Coleman fished the estuary Sunday night for 2 lovely mulloway and a good feed of bream. Gary MacDonald boated a 79cm mulloway Saturday night from the same area. Saturday night also saw a lovely catch of estuary perch from the poles area. He young lad found baitfish on his fish finder so anchored up and put an underwater light over the side. This attracted the whitebait to the top and the estuary perch followed the whitebait. Dropping an unweighted hook over the side produced the goods. Now that sounds like good fun! The bream seem to be fairly spread out. I’ve heard of fish right down on the sand and just as many up above Pritchards. It’s just a matter of moving around till you find feeding fish.
Looks like we’re in for a bit of wind this weekend so stay safe and I’ll catch you next week
Until next week, safe fishing!
Craig & Jamie