Mount Gambier Fishing Report
Uncomfortable, yet fishable conditions over the weekend allowed a few crews an opportunity to hit the water, and most of those who made the effort were rewarded with some great fish.
The offshore fishing has been unbelievable this week, with the run of tuna just getting better and better. Jamie Widdison of Extreme Marine Charters has been in on the action once again this week, boating fish between 40kg and 120kg for his clients. Andrew Koscielecki was the lucky angler on Tuesday managing a pair of nice fish, both taken on Bonze lures. There have been some nice fish caught over the border in Portland this week which is great to see. The fish are well spread out along the coast now, so hopefully we see a bit less boat pressure in the one small area.
The surf fishos have started dusting the gear off the past few weeks and we’re starting to see some good numbers of fish hit the beach. The Browns, Paradise and Green Point areas have been producing gummy shark in the couple of hours after dark for a few weeks now, and the size seems to be gradually increasing as we get closer to the warmer weather. Fish to 7kg- 8kg have been the norm for the past couple of weeks, but there is the odd bite off happening too. That could be a number of things, either school shark, bronze whalers or big seven gillers. The salmon numbers have been good, I know of fish spread out from Nobles Rocks, all the way through to the salmon hole. Bait fishing is great to test the waters, if you’re getting plenty on bait, throw a lure around and you might be surprised.
Gar fishos have been landing some great bags of fish again this week, and as I’ve reported over the past several weeks, they’re very nicely spread out along the South East. Boat or land based, it doesn’t seem to matter, everyone is right in on the action. Squid numbers have been on the rise this week, a few anglers have been boating 6 – 10 squid a session, mainly with prawn style jigs of varying colours suspended under a float, but the active casters are still picking up some nice fish. It won’t be too long as we’ll start seeing some nice landbased squid from the Port MacDonnell jetty of an evening, so if you’re not doing too much one night, I’d sneak down and have a crack.
I’ve heard of some nice fishing coming from Lake Wallace in Edenhope over the last week, with trout and redfin both getting a mention. Trollers have been having the best success, the ability to cover more ground and use a mix of lures at once is the major benefit, and once you find where the fish are holding and what they’re eating, you can concentrate a bit harder on them. There are still several trophy sized trout of 3kg+ in the lake, but most have been those smaller fish between that 1kg – 2kg range. There is no shortage of reddies in the lake, with heaps of small fish from 6 – 10 inches long, but mixed in with them; there are still some beautiful eater sized fish.
The Glenelg River has continued its good form again this week, but now we’re seeing the fish spread themselves out up the river. Nathan Leggett fished the landing up at McLennans Punt on Saturday evening for a nice bag of bream, and a very nice 97cm mulloway. Michael Gordon trolled live baits on Saturday for one mulloway at 75cm, and a few other smaller fish. Tim Carrison and Chris Hoggan trolled lures on Tuesday night and boated some nice perch to 43cm, and mulloway to 90cm, all below the bridge. The bait fishos have been catching some great bream in the estuary on the sand, with pod worm and whitebait being the go-to choice. There are some nice schools of perch in the middle of the river, and those with fish finders have been having some excellent sessions on soft and hard vibe style lures.
This weekend’s forecast will be a bit touch and go for the offshore guys, but more than likely it will be only the bigger boats able to venture out. Inland or up the river is a great option for those who still want to wet a line.
Until next week, safe fishing!
Craig & Jamie