Mount Gambier Fishing Report

Craig & Coatsy's Fishing Report  24 January 2019
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Warm but windy conditions weren’t enough to turn away competitors at this year’s Annual Kingston Surf Fishing Contest, with over 1300 entrants from miles around converging on the little seaside town for what is the biggest surf fishing comp in Australia. There were several nice fish caught this week, both in the comp and locally, so let’s get into it.

Mount Gambier’s Damo Little was the lucky angler this year, walking away with a new boat, motor and trailer along with the bragging rights as the 2018 seniors champion. Damo’s winning fish was a solid 40.5 pound mulloway, 15 pounds bigger than his nearest challenger. Well done again mate! The shark section was won by fellow Mount Gambier man, Ross Stafford who took the honors with his 57kg shark. The juniors section was won by young Alex Bradley of Keith, with a very nice 8.5kg shark. It was another excellent competition ran by the Kingston SE lions club, and I’m sure everyone is already excited for next year.

There have been some nice fish caught along the beaches locally over the past week. Canunda has been fishing exceptionally well, with reports coming through of mulloway to 15kg, gummy and school shark of around the same size, and some bigger and unstoppable bronze whalers. There has been plenty of salmon and other baitfish around too, so there is no shortage of fish to catch. Piccininni, Paradise and Browns Beach have continued to fish well for snapper this week. There have been quite a few smaller fish mixed through them, but there are some very nice fish over 50cm being beached. Small mulloway are still very prominent in those areas, which is a great sign for the upcoming seasons. Elephant shark and gummy shark are still poking around, they’re no monsters at the moment, but a 5kg – 7kg fish is still an excellent feed.

The offshore fishing has been good this week, with several boaties making the most of the good weather. Mark and Simonne Whan have been getting stuck into some nice flathead of late, though I have heard on the grapevine that Simonne may have landed most, if not all of the flatties on the last trip, but it’s okay Whanny, it happens to the best of us mate! There have been some nice shark boated in that 60mt to 100mt zone, with gummy and school shark making up the bulk of the catch. There are also a few good knifejaw and terakhi being caught from the same areas, so a good mixed bag is always a possibility. There have been reports of tuna spotted out off Port MacDonnell over the last week or so, which is right on time with the last few years. I have no doubt that within a few weeks; we’ll start seeing good numbers of school fish. The Port MacDonnell Offshore Angling Club are holding an all species comp on Australia Day with the weigh in at 4pm. The weather so far looks promising, so hopefully plenty of members get out and have a crack.

There have been some promising reports this week from the whiting fishos along the South East. All the usual spots have continued to produce, but I’ve also heard of a few of the lesser fished areas starting to fire. Gerloff Bay and Lighthouse Bay have fished quite well this week, with some very nice fish nearing that 50cm mark coming over the side. The Port MacDonnell Breakwater has fished well for the land based anglers, the jetty is regularly producing fish to 40cm, along with several from the just legal 32cm – 35cm bracket.

The garfishing has again been exceptional, with waders who fish the Cape Douglas and Livingstons areas finding some excellent numbers of good size gar. The slow but constant burley trail is still your best bet, and a bunch of gents under a pencil float will almost always result in a nice feed. There have been lots of tommy ruff and mullet mixed in with them again this week, and although the little tommies can be a bit of a pest at times, the bigger ones make for excellent eating.

There are excellent numbers of squid getting around at the moment, and they have been very spread out. The land based guys are doing well on the Port MacDonnell Jetty, and I’ve even heard of a handful off the rocks and boat ramp at Blackfellows Caves. The boaties have found some excellent squid this season, and quite a few by accident. Livingstons Bay is still the hot spot, but Orwell Rocks, Danger Point and Green Point have all produced some very nice squid this year, with lots of them grabbing baits meant for snapper or sharks. While the water remains fairly clean, the squid should hang around.

The Glenelg River has continued to impress again this week with some very nice bream and mulloway being caught. The bream have been very spread out this week, with catches coming from as high up as the Redgum Landing, all the way down and into the estuary. They’ve been taking a mixture of baits and lures this week, with crab, prawn and whitebait working for the baitos, and Samaki boom bait 2.5 inch grubs, z-man grubs and 3B Berkley puppy dogs doing the damage. The mulloway action has all been around the Donovans area this week, with the couple of kilometers either side being the hot spots. Live mullet are accounting for several of the bigger fish, but there have been some very nice samples caught on pilchard and squid. Perch numbers have been good down in the lower reaches; Gordon Jeffrey has been landing some nice fish on the fly, along with several good bream. The Glenelg River Angling Club has a competition this weekend, and the forecast looks like it should be another excellent night.

Until next week, safe fishing!

Craig & Jamie