Anglers report high shark numbers off coast

NICE FISH: Ryan Newman stands proud with his plastic eating bream.

DECENT weather across the weekend was well received by local fishos, most anglers were able to hit the water and chase a few fish.

The guys who headed offshore found some excellent numbers of shark again this week, with some lovely big schoolies caught, some over 25kg.

The hot areas seem to be the 60 to 100 metre line with a bit of a feature on the sea floor, be it broken bottom or a rocky ledge.

There have been a few gummies caught also, but the size has not quite been the same as the school shark, with 15kg pulling up most fish.

There have been some nice flathead and knifejaw caught this week, and even a few nice nannygai mixed in.

I am still hearing of some nice snapper being caught in the deeper water, and it is great to see everyone doing the right thing and releasing them while the season is closed.

Surf fishos have landed some excellent fish from the Coorong of late.

The mulloway seem to be on the move, and there has been a few 10kg-15kg fish reported from the weekend.

SOLID CATCH: Liam Beckman with his 3.5kg Livingstons squid.

There was also a few reasonable shark caught that I heard of, but I would expect that as the weather warms up, the fishing action should do the same.

Closer to home, there have been some nice fish caught through the Canunda park, mulloway have been a bit on the smaller end of the scale, but there will definitely be some bigger fish cruising around.

The shark fishing through Canunda has been fairly consistent all year, with gummy and school shark still being caught.

There have been a few elephant shark caught again this week, with the main productive areas being Browns Beach through to Piccininni.

This weekend’s warm weather should see more anglers on the beach, and hopefully more reports of fish caught.

There have been some nice whiting caught this week, I have even heard of one lucky angler landing several fish up to 52cm.

The Port MacDonnell Breakwater has fished quite well, anglers are finding plenty of fish in the mid to high 30cm range, which is excellent to see so early.

There have been some nice fish caught land-based from the guys around Carpenter Rocks, Blackfellows Caves and Nene Valley, so it just goes to show that you do not need a boat to get in on the action.

The squid fishing has really hotted up this week after that last big stir we had.

Liam Beckman and crew nailed some big Livingstons squid over the weekend, with one monster topping out at 3.5kg.

There have been plenty of other reports of squid this week also, with Cape Jaffa and Kingston being mentioned quite a lot.

There does not seem to be a particular colour that works best, but keep on changing until you match the squid’s preference.

Garfish have continued to fish well again this week, I know of several lovely catches coming from the Cape Douglas area, all the way through to Carpenter Rocks.

The size has remained excellent, and the numbers have been just as good.

The Port MacDonnell breakwater is still worth a shot for gar, and with the big numbers of trevally, tommy ruff and mullet that are kicking around too; you should come home with a lovely mixed bag.

The Edenhope fishing competition was run and won over the weekend, and between plenty of fishos coming from all around the place, the nice weather and the abundance of fish, the weekend was a big success.

The lucky angler this year was Darren Ayres with a nice 1.4kg rainbow trout.

Several fish were caught for the weekend which is a great sign for the coming years.

The Glenelg River angling club held their first competition of the season over the weekend and with pleasant conditions, competitor numbers were up.

Ryan Newman boated some lovely fish on soft plastics on Saturday morning, some up in the high 30cm range, and a few estuary perch.

Craig fished the estuary Saturday night for eight legal mulloway up to about 4kg, and 20 or more smaller fish that were released.

There have been a few nice fish caught in the upper reaches this week, with the Sapling Creek area being the most talked about.

The fish look like they are spread out at the moment, so it is luck of the draw at the moment.

The weather looks like it is on the improve this week, and should be into the low 30’s by the weekend, and I cannot wait.

I have no doubt that we’ll see plenty of fishos hit the water and make the most of the sunshine.

Until next week, safe fishing.

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