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South East Fishing Report 17 May 2022






What a wild and windy taste of winter we’ve had this week! Unfortunately for the competitors fishing the Port MacDonnell Tuna Competition, it means a few shed days getting the gear ready before we see some great days at the end of the week.

There was a very small window of opportunity for a handful of keen anglers to hit the water first thing on Saturday morning, and they found the Tuna straight away. Brock McKinnon boated himself a ripper Tuna of just under 100kg in Impression, and Tom Egan landed a nice 60kg fish on 15kg line on board Brojak. There were some nice school Tuna caught on light lines as well, which is an excellent effort in very trying conditions.

There has been a handful of School Shark caught down at Green and Danger Point by the boaties fishing down that way, and keen junior Isla Taylor braved the weather and fished with mum and dad inside the breakwater, boating some nice Whiting. The weather from Thursday onwards looks to be settling just nicely, so I’m excited to see what’s caught. Don’t forget the weigh ins are from 4pm each day at the club room, so get down and check out what’s been landed!

The inshore fishing has been a little slower this week largely thanks to the weather, but as soon as we see a settle down, I’ve got no doubt the Whiting and Snapper will kick on for their last hurrah of the season. The stir will put a bit of colour back in the water and that’s just what the Whiting and Snapper need. With the dirty water, the Sharks are always going to be about, and this time of year is when we see some of the bigger schoolies turn up in good numbers. It’s not uncommon to see fish down there over 20kg, and even as big as 30kg. There’s no secret spot, I just like to find an area around the kelp with some nice broken bottom, a bit of reef or a gravel bed, something that looks fishy on the sounder is always a good start. Keep the burley flowing and they’ll turn up!

Garfish this week have been sensational for shore-based anglers and with the wind earlier in the week coming from the North for the majority of time, fishing was red hot. Cape Douglas and Nene Valley were the pick of spots, but I did also hear of some nice fish from Livingstons Bay and Pelican Point too.

Salmon fishos have loved this run of rough weather. The big seas push the fish closer to shore, and with a northerly wind blowing over your shoulder, the average fisho can cast his lures for miles. The Beachport Salmon Hole has produced the most fish this week, with good numbers and good size, but I also know of fish along Canunda, Carpenter Rocks, Piccininni Beach and Nobles Rocks. Lures are the best bet when there are big concentrations of fish, if they’re a bit more spread out, a half a pilchard or strip of squid is dynamite. There has been a few Shark after dark for the anglers who’ll fish on, just take a slab off a fresh salmon and send it back out and you’re in with a shot!

The Glenelg River has been hot and cold this week, some anglers finding some good numbers of fish, and others are doing it tough. Live mullet are still the pick of the bunch when it comes to chasing Mulloway, so if you can get your hands on a few, you’re in with a good shot. The area this week seems to be from the Simpsons area, through to the bottom border. Bream and perch have been good this week, plenty of both species taken on a mixture of baits and lures, and there’s no special spot, they’re spread right out.

The forecast for the end of the week looks to be settling down nicely, I reckon we’ll see plenty caught, and plenty of anglers getting out for a fish.

Until next week, safe fishing!