Mount Gambier Fishing Report

Craig & Coatsy's Fishing Report 24 May 2018

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Reasonable weather over the weekend allowed quite a few anglers an opportunity to head out onto the water, and by the sounds, there were some great fish caught.

The big tuna have been a bit quiet off Port Macdonnell for the last month at least, but plenty of fishos have headed for Portland and Port Fairy where there seems to be a pocket of warm water which is holding the bigger specimens. Fish to 140kg have been landed so far this year, but several in the 50kg to 110kg bracket have been stretching the arms of fishos in recent weeks. I have no doubt they’ll fire up off Port Macdonnell later in the year, but for now, we’ll just have to be patient I think. The numbers of smaller fish off Port Macdonnell is excellent, so those chasing a couple to chuck in the smoker haven’t been having any trouble at all finding a feed. They still seem to be holding in reasonably close, the 40mt - 70mt line has been the best bet, but no doubt they’re out deeper as well. The bottom fishing has remained excellent, we are still seeing good numbers of shark, knife jaw and flathead from the 60mt line and beyond, so let’s hope that continues.

Anglers trying their luck along the coast have found some nice shark in close, with gummy and school shark both being caught in good numbers. Fish to 15kg from the boats haven’t been uncommon at all, so they’re a great option. I’m still hearing of the odd snapper and big whiting from Green and Danger Points, so the option of a mixed bag is still very real.

Surf fishos have started tapping into a few shark this week, Tom Pohlner managed a pair of lovely school shark to 20kg over the weekend, and dropped a couple of others. This time of year is when we start to see some bigger sharks from the beach, so don’t stash your gear away just yet. Salmon numbers have been good, Cape Banks has been quite reliable this week, and although the fish size hasn’t picked up a whole lot, they’re still excellent fun on small lures. The Beachport salmon hole has been the most consistent of all beaches this year so far, with not many anglers missing out down there. Again the size isn’t huge, but one crew I know of did land a few fish over 2kg, so they’re in there, it’s just a matter of weeding through the smaller fish to get to them.

There have been some reasonable mullet caught this week off the beach. Cape Douglas, Carpenter Rocks and Nene Valley are all worth a shot. Remember to keep a small but constant burley trail flowing, and the mullet will come by quite easily. While we’re in the area, the garfish have still been red hot. The above mentioned areas, and Livingston’s Bay are all fishing well, and it seems to be a good mix between boaters and waders catching the fish, so that’s great to see.

Whiting numbers inside the breakwater have still been good, the last two hours before the sun goes down are still the most productive, but there are still a few being caught during the day off the jetty, so that’s another great land based option. Tommy ruff, salmon trout, silver trevally and small flathead are all on offer inside the breakwater too at this time of year, which are all excellent for kids to catch.

The inland fishing has been good again this week, redfin are still firing quite well and are being taken on a mixture of soft plastics and hard bodies, and with the cooler weather well and truly setting in, the trout are beginning to fire up. Lake Toolondo, Lake Fyans and Rocklands Reservoir are all fishing well and will only get better as the temperatures continue to drop.

The Glenelg River has fished well this week, big tides have pushed clean saltwater right up the river as high as Taylor’s Straight, some anglers were saying that they could clearly see the bottom 15 feet off the bank. The fish haven’t seemed to mind the clean water, bream and perch were caught over the weekend in good numbers along the rock walls of Taylor’s Straight on natural coloured Boom Baits just bounced along the bottom. Mulloway have been spread out, but the better fish seem to be from up around the caves area. Pilchard and squid are the best bet if you’re fishing dead baits, but a live mullet is definitely a mulloways favourite.

The weather for this weekend doesn’t look too bad at the moment, so let’s hope we don’t see too much change between now and then.

Until next week, safe fishing!

Craig & Jamie