Big fish landed

Quite a pleasant time across the Limestone Coast was enjoyed by locals and tourists and it was great to see many making the most of the last weekend of South Australian school holidays.

There was plenty caught this week right around the South East, so let us hook in.

The offshore fishing has been excellent with plenty of tuna news from the local charter guys from Port MacDonnell.

Extreme marine has continued their excellent run again with their clients boating fish between 80kg and 110kg, and all fish were taken on bonze lures.

Port MacDonnell Fishing Charters have been in the thick of it as well managing some cracking fish for their clients with some fish around that 60kg mark, and a brute over 130kg.

There are still countless numbers of school fish out there for those not equipped for the big boys, and they are spread far and wide, so keep an eye out for birds and bait activity and the fish will not be far behind them.

In other offshore news, the fishing out wide has been excellent.

Carn Taylor and crew fished east of Port MacDonnell late last week and boated some cracking hapuka over 20kg in 450mt of water.

They are one of our tastiest fish here in the South East, so it is no surprise that when the weather is good enough, plenty of angler’s head out wide to try their luck.

There has been some great shark fishing with 20mt through to 70mt line being the most productive and the fish have been in good nick.

Mark Rumbelow and Nathan Thomas boated some cracking gummy shark, including some over 20kg.

Nick Smith and crew boated some rippers too, one schoolie topping that 30kg mark, which is an absolute beast in anyone’s books.

The surf fishing recently has been mainly salmon dominated.

The fish have been spread out from what I have heard, so they are accessible to all.

There has been a few fishing the mouth of the Glenelg River and back towards Discovery Bay and finding some nice salmon to a couple of kilos, and even the odd big sea bream or elephant shark.

Through Piccininni, Paradise and Browns Beach there has been some more salmon reports this week, and although it has been a bit weedy at times, there is still some good fishing to be had.

The bulk of the news has been Carpenter Rocks through to Oil Rig Square and everywhere in between.

The little beach access points through Canunda like the old drain, Whale Rock and Channel Rock are all firing well at the moment, baits have been the most popular, but the lure guys have done fairly well when the fish are in higher concentrated numbers.

Corey Brooks had a cracking little session at Whale Rock on Saturday evening, managing to land two gummy shark with the best being a thumper at 21kg.

That is a serious shark in anyone’s language, let alone off the beach.

Garfishing has been good for most with the northerly wind being good for anglers at the Petrified Forrest, Livingstons Bay, and Pelican Point, with those spots producing the goods.

Other spots like Hutt Bay, Cape Douglas and Nene Valley have also fished well so there are heaps of options.

I have heard from a few anglers there has been a few trevally starting to poke about recently, normally we do not see them until a bit later in the year, but I had never turn down a feed of fresh trevally.

There has been some excellent fishing recently off the Port MacDonnell Jetty and the variety of fish available at the moment has been awesome.

It has been great seeing both young and older people getting amongst it and in the last week alone, I have heard of mullet, salmon, garfish, whiting and bream just to name a few.

There has not been any squid news just yet, but in the next several weeks we will start seeing the water clear up, and hopefully the squid will kick into gear.

The freshwater fishing across the border has been excellent over the last week.

Finn, myself, and a couple of mates headed to the Ess Lagoon in Casterton for a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon and managed a dozen trout and a redfin between us, keeping a few for the smoker and letting the rest go.

They are not massive fish by any means, but they are great fun and a ripper little fight.

Other stocked lakes around the area such as Coleraine Lagoon, Hamilton Lake, and Lake Koonongwootong are great places to take the kids for a fish, and it is great seeing the Victorian fishing license fees at work with the stocking programs they have in place.

The Glenelg River is still productive for bream and estuary perch.

Local fly-fishing guru Gordon Jeffrey is still getting stuck into the fish down there, boating some nice bream and perch late last week on his home tied shrimp pattern flies, releasing them all after a quick picture.

Bait fishos are still doing very well on the bream, with whitebait, prawn and crab still being the number one baits.

The sand flats of the estuary, mudbanks and reed beds or deep rocky walls and snags are all fishing well, and if you do find one spot is a bit quiet, move around until you find them and you cannot go wrong.

The mulloway news is still a bit on the slow side, with almost every mulloway fisho hoping for some rain to dirty up the water.

It is usually a darker tea color this time of year but being so dry over the last few months has kept the water crystal clear.

Hopefully in the coming weeks we get a nice big downpour, and we get a bit of colour.

The forecast for the coming week looks fishable for most activities.

The new moon tomorrow evening has quite a few anglers getting excited early for the weekend, so let us hope it kicks the fish into gear and we have got heaps to talk about next time.

Until next week, safe fishing.

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