Mount Gambier Fishing Report

Craig & Coatsy's Fishing Report  14 March 2019
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Plenty of anglers made the most of the long weekend across the Limestone Coast, and although the swell was a bit too big for most, there were plenty of other options.

The offshore scene was pretty quiet thanks to the big seas, but those who made the most of the small windows of opportunity did find some quality fish. The flathead have been excellent in the 100mt line, and there are also some nice knifejaw in the same areas. The gummy shark have been great from the 60mt line and beyond, with most anglers out there finding a few for the table. There haven’t been any tuna reports this week from Port MacDonnell, but Portland is still fishing well for 20kg fish, so it shouldn’t be too much longer.

The surf fishing over the long weekend was excellent along the Coorong, several members of the South East Amateur Surf Fishing Club headed up for their annual Adelaide cup long weekend competition. Peter Hewlett took out the top prize with his nice 6.95kg mulloway. There were great numbers of mulloway and sharks caught by members, which is a good reward for all the effort. Locally we’re still seeing a few nice fish from the beaches. Piccininni beach has produced some reasonable shark and mulloway this week. Gummy shark to 7kg and mulloway to 100cm have been beached, along with several smaller samples of both species. Big sea bream are still in good numbers, as are the snapper when you find a nice reefy area. Canunda is still producing salmon during the day and sharks of an evening, but fishos have been so spread out, it’s hard to pinpoint just one particular area.

There have been quite a few snapper reports this week, with the usual hot spots between Orwell Rocks and Green Point all being mentioned. Fish to 70cm have been boated this week, though most have been that great plate sized 40cm – 50cm. There are still massive amounts of bait fish in the same areas that have been caught, and as long as they keep up, we should have no change in the snapper fishing.

Garfish anglers have been finding some great fish this week, with several nice catches coming from inside the Port MacDonnell Breakwater. Anchoring in close on some of the ribbon weed areas is the best bet, just make sure you get a burley trail going, and you’re in with a shot. There are still excellent numbers in Cape Douglas and Livingstons Bay for the waders and boaties, and there are also some nice mullet and tommies in the same areas.

Whiting fishos have been finding some lovely fish this week in the Cape Douglas area. Fish over 45cm have been caught, and even a few of those monster 50cm fish. Fresh cockles or squid are still the best bet for baits, and the circle hooks have again proved very effective. The Port MacDonnell breakwater is still producing some nice fish in the sandy holes around the cray boats, and even off the jetty. Often the size in the breakwater isn’t as good as those other areas, but the numbers will often make up for it.

The inland fishing was quite good over the long weekend, with some excellent fish being reported. The Horsham fishing comp was held in the Wimmera River and was taken out by an incredible 61cm and 4.5kg yellowbelly. There were several other yellowbelly, silver perch and catfish caught, and lots of carp. There were some nice redfin catches over the weekend, with no real hotspot that I know about. Soft plastics and hard bodies in bright colours did the job for the lure guys, while worms and small yabbies did the trick for the baitos.

The Glenelg River is steadily rising with only a couple of jetties remaining out of water. Be careful when launching or retrieving boats now because I’ve already heard of a few anglers coming a gutsa on the slippery jetties. The fishing has been quite widespread this week, but the best I’ve heard of is Aron Coleman’s very nice 101cm mulloway caught around the bridge. Years of early mornings and late nights have paid off with the magic metery finally being landed. There has been good numbers of bream spread out right along the river, from the flooded sand banks of the estuary, to the swelling creeks and backwaters up around Dartmoor. The estuary perch have been a little bit harder to find this week, but as the water levels rise, they have so much more food on offer, they simply might be full!

The weekends forecast looks excellent, with 30 degrees for a few consecutive days, let’s hope we can get some light winds and flat seas to really make it a good one.

Until next week, safe fishing!

Craig & Jamie