Mount Gambier Fishing Report

Craig & Coatsy's Fishing Report  16 November 2018
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Warm summery conditions across the weekend were welcomed by local fishos, plenty of us headed to the water to throw in a line, so let’s see who caught what and where!

The offshore fishing has heated up this week, more barrels have been boated by anglers off Port MacDonnell. Matt Sinkunas fishing with Terry Sciccluna and Eamonn Carey managed to boat his first barrel, a beautiful fish of 100kg exactly. The boys lost a big fish earlier in the morning but were lucky enough to have another shot. Well done Matt! Mark Allen fishing on board Extreme Marine Charters boated a big fella, estimated at about 100kg earlier this week, and then the following day the boys lost another big fish after a short fight. Hopefully we get another few weeks to have a crack at them before they disappear. The Port MacDonnell Offshore Angling Club is holding their AGM this Sunday at the clubrooms from 11am. All members are encouraged to attend and there will be a bbq and light refreshments to follow.

There have been some excellent fish coming from the surf over the last week, the best so far that I’ve heard of is an estimated 50 pound mulloway caught from the beach at the Coorong. This time of year we start to see the bigger mulloway become more active along the beaches, and the numbers increase, so it’s a great time to try your luck at the fish of a lifetime. The shark fishing has been excellent in the same areas, several crews are landing great numbers of gummy shark, and were also seeing the odd bronze whaler too. A bit closer to home, were seeing some excellent fish coming from the Beachport area, Dylan Broad and crew managed 8 mulloway between them over the weekend, with 4 of those making it over the 82cm limit. Corey Auld found a good patch of gummy shark in Canunda, landing 7 for the night to 13kg, and losing several more. Elephant shark are kicking around in good numbers this week also, with some of those caught being near enough to 7kg, which is a great fish. Salmon have still been kicking around, with guys not struggling to find a few for bait.

Whiting numbers have been steadily on the improve again this week, with a few more nice fish being landed from the beaches. Nene Valley and Carpenter Rocks are the usual go-to land based whiting areas, but any sandy holes that are accessible from the beach are worth a look. When targeting whiting from the beach, keep the burley to a minimum as you’ll attract swarms of little salmon, tommy ruff and mullet that will drive you mad. The boaties have been finding some reasonable fish, the Port MacDonnell 
Breakwater is fishing well, as is Carpenter Rocks.

The squid numbers have improved this week as the sea has settled. We’re back to seeing guys consistently landing their bag limits in Livingstons Bay. The stand out jigs this week have been brighter colours (pink green, yellow, white etc) during the days since it’s been quite sunny and the darker and more natural coloured jigs at dawn and dusk. I’ve seen some great squid catches from the Cape Jaffa marina by the land based guys, and although the size isn’t usually as big as we see at Livingston’s bay, the numbers are excellent.

Garfish reports have been coming through thick and fast this week. Anglers have been well spread out between Port MacDonnell Breakwater, and Pelican Point. The usual spots around Cape Douglas and Livingston’s are still fishing well, but the lesser known areas are also producing some great fish. There are quite a few big tommy ruff poking around at the moment, so keep that burley flowing and hang on!

The Glenelg River has produced some lovely fish this week. We’re starting to see the surface fishing start to really heat up. Matt and Alex Bell have had a few ripper sessions this week after school and work, some nights landing in excess of 30 fish in the mid 40cm range. Bream and perch are still readily available for the guys throwing weighted soft plastics along the snags and rockwalls. The bait fishos are finding some nice bream on whitebait, prawn and crabs in the middle sections of the river, the Donovans to Simpson’s area has been the best. Mulloway have been on the move this week, Aron Coleman found a good patch under the bridge late last week and managed to pull a few on trolled hard body lures. The Glenelg River Angling Club has a competition this weekend, sign on at 6pm SA time at Donovans landing, new members are welcome.

The forecast is for a warm one this weekend, so let’s hope the wind stays down and we can all get out and wet a line!

Until next week, safe fishing!

Craig & Jamie