Mount Gambier Fishing Report
Pleasant and fishable conditions have been welcomed by anglers this week, with plenty making the most of the opportunity to hit the water. Some nice fish have been caught right across the south east this week, so let’s get into it!
Offshore fishos have been getting stuck into some nice flathead this week, with the 100mt line off Port MacDonnell producing some very nice fish. 1kg – 1.5kg are the median out that way, but a few thumpers nearing the 2kg mark have been mixed in. Gummy shark are always a real chance out on the flatty grounds, so don’t be surprised if you bring up one of those too. A few guys have been out in search of makos this past week, I know of a few being raised, but nothing landed just yet. Hapuka and blue eye have been on the menu for the guys fishing the shelf out wide, no one is being real specific with areas, so keep on the move out there and hopefully you’ll come across them.
The surf fishos have done well from Piccininni through to Browns Beach this week, gummy shark to 8ish kilo have been about the place, along with small mulloway, salmon and elephant shark. School shark are still about in Canunda, but I haven’t heard of too many guys heading in to chase them. The Coorong is still fishing well in the upper stretches. Anglers have been hopping on the beach at the 28 mile and heading up until they find some good water. Mulloway, sharks and salmon are all on the cards, so when the weather allows, it’s not a bad time of year to plan a trip.
The whiting fishing so far this year has been red hot! I’ve been speaking to a few boys over in Portland and they’re having a bumper over that way too. If you are heading that way, Blacknose Point and in front of the water tower have all been areas I’ve heard mentioned, also don’t forget to throw in a squid jig, there’s some monsters around at the moment! Locally, the whiting are biting inside the Port MacDonnell Breakwater, Carpenter Rocks, Nene Valley and Cape Douglas. Late afternoon and into the evenings have been the best bet, but I do know of a few nice ones caught on the tides. Craig fished Tuesday evening with Andrew Alnutt in Red Rock Bay and managed half a dozen nice fish to 40cm. Not bad for a couple of hours sitting in the deck chair and watching the sun set!
With the warmer weather upon us, plenty of guys are talking yabbies. Everyone is pretty secretive with their favourite yabby hole, but a few of the better known areas are starting to produce some nice catches. Lake Cockatoo, Bringalbert and Miga Lake are all worth a look, some places fish better during the night, so it’s really a matter of trial and error. Just be mindful of crossing the border if you have opera house nets in your possession, drop nets are a great way to make sure you’re always in the clear.
The Glenelg River has fished well again this week, mulloway are still spread out which is good. I know of catches from as high up as Wilsons Hall, all the way down into the estuary. The bream have been good this week again, Hunter Bingham boated a pair of beauties in the Glenelg River Angling Club’s fishing comp, the best being just under 1kg. Whitebait have been the preferred bait for anglers down there at the moment, but I know the crab fishos are still landing their fair share. Plenty of solid perch have been caught, and I even know of some very nice fish from the upper stretches of river all taken on surface lures.
The forecast at this stage for the weekend looks a bit hairy for the offshore guys, but the river, surf and inland guys will no doubt find somewhere to wet a line!
Until next week, safe fishing!
Craig & Jamie