In a week that saw some mild days and relatively calm seas, it was action stations all around. On the deep blue it was a shark fest, while in the rivers and estuaries it was also a great week to wet a line.

Saltwater: If you’ve ever wanted a gummy or school shark for the dinner table then don’t wait any longer! If the numbers that young Nate Monaghan has been catching are anything to go by, there’s plenty for everyone out there. On his last 2 trips his boat caught 29 gummy sharks, and a school shark all from the same mark off Port Fairy. Although they aren’t the biggest gummies you’ll see, they still make a great feed. And before I go any further they didn’t keep 29, but releasing all once their bag of 2 each was caught. These fish were found in about 40m of water so it just goes to show you don’t have to travel far to get a good feed of flake. One crew who did travel a long way was Peter Goode and Stephen Rhook, who landed some big sharks from deeper water. Rhookie caught an absolute monster of a gummy shark that pulled the scales down to 24.8kg and surprisingly they found out it had no pups in it. When you get a big gummy like this one around this time of year it’s a good idea to check for pups if you intend to keep it for the table. Usually you will see the pups wriggling in it’s belly. These pups can be released back to the water as sharks give birth to live young. In other reports out of the saltwater the snapper seem to be quite slow off Warrnambool and Port Fairy, but the nannygai have been making up for it. Some people prefer to eat the nannygai over a snapper. Unfortunately for anglers, but a great thing for tackle shops like ours, is the amount of barracouta around at the minute. If you’re making your own rigs up then make sure you aren’t using brass or stainless swivels as they will be bitten off as soon as they see it going past them. Even crimps can be a target for them to attack, and will definitely leave you frustrated. If you like crimping your hooks on rather than tying them, try putting a lumo sleeve over the crimp itself as this won’t shine and is less likely to get their attention. The salmon fishing off Killarney continues to impress those putting in the time for them. Paul Braithwaite who runs the Warrnambool College Fishing Academy caught some nice fish on Tuesday around the 2kg mark casting 30-40g metal lures. This is a very simple but effective technique to catch these pelagic fish and provides a lot of fun.

Estuaries: the Glenelg River has fired up again for Mulloway this past week with some nice fish being taken on baits and lures. Fish to 20lb have been reported down the front end of the system and can be easily spotted on the sounder. If you’re unsure on how these big fish mark up on a sounder then simply drive around until you see an arch nearly as wide as the screen and you’ve found them. They predominately will mark up a long slim arch as opposed to big bream or perch that are typically a solid mark. Trolling live baits and hard bodied lures will definitely be the preferred option especially when you are finding big schools of fish. What this will ensure is that you will cover water and come across the active fish when they decide to chew. I’ve had sessions where we have sat on a school of fish for hours without even turning a reel and those that were trolling and covering water were the ones catching these beautiful looking fish. Along with the mulloway there has also been great numbers of good size bream caught both up river and in the estuary on the blue water. Tim Goodall caught some great fish on freshly pumped pod worms on the blue water line when the tide began to push. As I’ve mentioned in previous reports the go to spot when this happens is anywhere between 0m and 200m from the blue water line. Sometimes they will sit right on this line to get the most oxygen they can and other times you’ll see them away from the water line. It’s just one of those things where you start in one area, and move if it doesn’t work. Further up river it seems as though the fish are in the deeper water and have been taking scrub worms and cut crab cast into the middle. It’s fairly typical for these fish in the Glenelg to be sitting deep this time of year so I would suggest starting to look in 2.5-4m of water and go from there.

Further afield in Mallacoota good customer Harry Linke and his family have been getting some excellent fish of late. Making the journey from Hamilton in an easy 9hr drive it was all worth it when Harry landed a 94cm flathead on bream gear at the famous Goodwin Sands. Along with more flathead they have also caught some great yellowfin and black bream, big tailor and some great salmon too. So if you’re looking to get away while you can why not head to Mallacoota and get stuck into the great fishing that is on hand!

With a decent forecast on the way for the weekend I would expect some great fish to again make their way into the report. Remember if you have caught a fish you’re proud of and want to show it off then email us a picture and short description to fishing@richardsonmarine.com.au for your chance to win a $600 combo. Until next week tight lines and best of luck!