Mount Gambier Fishing Report

Craig & Coatsy's Fishing Report  17 July 2019
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Big seas, high winds and chilly temperatures have belted the Limestone Coast this week, but that still hasn’t been enough to slow down the real keen fishos!

The offshore scene has very little to report this week, but before the weather did turn, the tuna fishing was still world class. Fish ranging from 10kg – 150kg have been boated by anglers from depths of 30 metres and deeper, with such a wide range of fish sizes out there at the moment and them all feeding on the same size bait, you never really know what will grab your lure next.

When the weather is too rough to head offshore, lots of anglers head for the beach in search of salmon, and this bout of bad weather has been no different. Several nice salmon have been landed this week, with Carpenter Rocks, Canunda and the Beachport Salmon Hole all producing some great fish. Baits and lures were both equally productive; the guys who aren’t fully decked out with the proper gear for throwing lures will usually use baits, since that style is perfectly suited to using the bigger surf rods. Fish to 3kg haven’t been at all uncommon this week, though most have been around that 1kg – 2kg mark.

There has been some very nice gar caught by those not afraid to brave the elements, and believe me; they deserve every fish they’ve caught! The majority have come from the protected areas of Cape Douglas, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Livingstones Bay and Nene Valley have produced and I just haven’t heard about it. Similar areas are still fishing well for the mullet and tommy ruff, so there has been no real change there for a few weeks now, just remember that all these species respond well to a good burley trail, so don’t leave it at home.

Lots of anglers have decided to head inland this week to escape the bad weather, and with some of the pictures of redfin that I’ve seen, it makes perfect sense. Winter typically isn’t a popular time to target reddies, but those in the know love it. Numbers of fish might be down on the summer catch, but the quality of fish improves tenfold. Rocklands, Lake Toolondo and the western Victoria crater lakes around Camperdown are all great places to target, and with the cooling water, don’t be surprised if you pick up a trout or two! Soft plastics, diving minnows, or sub surface hard bodies are all great lures for both species, or a bunch of worms or live minnow are the best bet for baits.

The Glenelg River mulloway fired up again over the weekend, it was great to see a few nice fish caught by both the lure guys and bait fishos. Dakota Caines landed a ripper on Sunday morning in the Dry Creek area whilst bait fishing with her old man Roger. Dakota’s fish went a touch over 13 pounds and is her best to date, well done! Greer Bechet boated a nice 97cm fish on a trolled deep bomber lure, which is a great fish in anyone’s books! Levi Morton boated a handful of lovely 90cm fish on Sunday trolling the new daiwa hybrid swimbaits up around the Caves, a great wat to christen the new boat! Bream and perch have started to move, and by a few reports I’ve heard, there is a little bit of colour in the water now, so I’d expect to see them move into the deeper water over the next few weeks and the school sizes start growing and growing.

The forecast again for this weekend doesn’t look too crash hot, but as always, the fish are still there, and we have heaps of options, so I have no doubt there’ll be plenty to report!

Until next week, safe fishing!

Craig & Jamie