Plenty of fish in the sea

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Lechelle Earl, owner/editor

Plenty of fish in the sea

Acool but fishable weekend across the Limestone Coast saw plenty of anglers hitting the water to try their luck.

The fishing was pretty good for most anglers for the most part, so let’s jump straight into it.

The offshore fishing for those trying their hand at a big tuna has been a bit quiet for us here off Port MacDonnell, but back to the east of us, the fishing is still red hot.

The anglers fishing out of Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland have all been doing well, and I’m sure our fish will fire up again soon, we have just gotta hurry up and wait.

The bottom fishing however has been excellent when the weather has allowed, we’re still seeing great numbers of gummy and school shark hitting the deck, along with some nice red snapper, knife jaw and flathead.

There have been a few anglers getting dusted out there recently by small barracouta, they’ll often see the sparkle of a swivel and bite it, meaning your rig goes with it too.

You can use black swivels to combat that, but they’ll still chew the odd one off.

The surf fishing has been pretty consistent again this week, there has been quite a few sharks caught right along the coast, but the Coorong has been abuzz with fishos.

The number of shark being caught up there is staggering.

From the 28 mile and upwards, the fishing is red hot.

Some crews have been landing (and releasing) upwards of 30 sharks in a session, all of which have been legal size, and that’s not to mention the mulloway that have been caught, some of which are over that metre long mark, plus salmon too, it’s a great time of year to fish the Coorong.

Closer to home, we’re still seeing a few gummy shark from the Piccaninnie, Paradise and Nene Valley areas, along with some reasonable salmon still too.

It will not be long until we see a few local mulloway start turning up down here, so get a bait in the water and have a crack.

There have been some great reports of whiting this week, inside the Port MacDonnell breakwater has been pretty reliable for most, late arvos and into the evenings has seen some great numbers of fish caught.

There are still quite a few smaller fish mixed in with the bigger whiting, but that’s not a bad sign at all for the future.

There has been some more reasonable whiting further down the coast also, with Nene Valley, Blackfellows Caves and Carpenter Rocks also producing some decent fish, but if it’s numbers you’re after, the breakwater is still probably the pick.

Garfishos have been into them again this week, finding some very solid fish.

The usual haunts are fishing very well, such as Cape Douglas, Pelican Point and Livingstons Bay, though there has been some nice fish caught in the Port Mac breakwater and around at the Petrified Forrest.

Fishos have still been catching some nice tommies as well in the same area, along with a few salmon trout and mullet too.

The squid have been in good touch in Livingstons Bay, but you need a couple days of flat seas to make it worth it.

Stirred up and milky water is no good for the squid, so a few flat days is always nice.

The Port MacDonnell breakwater is producing some nice squid in the evenings now.

Whether you’re from the jetty or off the boat, you’re in with a chance.

The inland fishing has been hot this week, Matt and Alex Bell fished a couple days up at Rocklands and found some cracking murray cod and aussie bass.

There was a mixture of lures that did the damage, so between surface lures, vibes, plastics and spinner baits, the boys managed to put some really nice fish in the boat.

Other areas fishing well have still been Lake Wallace, and although the average size is getting smaller, there are still some cracking fish mixed in with them.

The Edenhope fishing competition is only a few weeks away now, so put it in the calendar, its always a great weekend away.

The Glenelg River has produced some really nice fish over the past week for the guys chasing bream and estuary perch.

We have seen fish from the length of the river, so be it up in the sticks way up high, or down the flats on the sand, or anywhere in between, it’s been excellent.

The mulloway news has been slow, but there has been a couple caught this just up from the bridge this week, and they have been on lures.

Hopefully we see a few more and some bigger fish starting to roll through very soon.

The Vic bream classic is on down there this weekend, so there’s gonna be almost 50 teams of some of the best bream anglers in the country battling it out for the top place, weigh in is at 2pm each day at the Nelson Pub car park, so if you’re in the area, pop down for a look.

The forecast for the weekend is a bit of a moist one, looks like we’re gonna see plenty of rain and grey skies, so choose your activities wisely.

Until next week, safe fishing!

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