Date of Report: Saturday, 5th June 2021
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Name: Rick Stadler
Phone: 0720316829

The month of May unfortunately offered me personally very little time at the water’s edge. The bit of time I did get to spend down at the mouth was in the water guiding snorkeling guests around and searching for species of interest with some of our countries top fish fundi’s in search of ID material for a new fishapp in development.

Was great to hear how they were positively comparing the current fish life in the mouth to what it was like just before Cyclone Demoina in ’84.

Highlights from a fisherman’s perspective were definitely the amazing numbers of gigantic river bream that enter the system this time of the year and the still abundant shoals of Spotted Grunter and River Snapper.

Needlescale Queenfish, Garfish and juvenile Pickhandle and Great Barracuda still seem to be around. It seems like with the water temperature dropping the Kingfish numbers are dropping a bit too. Hopefully, some welcome arrivals of winter Springer will make up for that soon. The large shoals of Hardyhead Silversides sadly seem to have moved on too. Pity, as they really created lots of action over the spring tides.  

With regards to the River Bream or Perch, the best time to targeting them is on a late afternoon pushing tide. Results are generally better before the crystal clear water enter from the surf, especially after good rains when the water got a red tannin tint flowing out of the swamps. Generally associated with structure, try the fallen trees in the bay. Shrimp imitations fished deep with a slow single handed strip seems to do the thing.

I haven’t received any reports from the lakes and the southern beaches, but pretty sure that Black rock and Rocktail bay will be producing good Shad catches.

Keep them loops tight and feel free to contact me for accommodation, advice and my guiding service at   


A photo from years back – Ewan Kyle with a Pickhandle barracuda or Seapike