Rip into the salmon
  |  First Published: December 2009

Welcome to the New Year, let’s hope that 2010 is as good to us as 2009 was.

I feel like I keep going on about water temperatures but I just can’t help myself, they are up and so is the fishing. Lets hope the weather keeps being kind to us!

Australian salmon

Australian Salmon have finally turned up in good numbers around the Rip. The start of the ebb tide seems to be the stand out time to start trolling for these magnificent sport fish.

The trusty old white occy wins hands down when it comes to lure choice and don’t forget to troll around the outside of the schools so that we keep the fish up for longer.

If you find that the salmon are being fussy and they don’t like skirt (occys are skirted lures), then chances are they are feeding on krill and have tuned right in on them.

This is when the soft plastics and flies come into their own. Try to match the hatch, if the krill are small and pink, perhaps try a small and pink lure or fly. Just for the record, I like skirt!

King George Whiting

As King George Whiting are my favourite fish to eat I had to go and find some to catch. Lonsdale Bay at the front of the rock wall is the best spot, but don’t tell anyone.

While everyone else is off catching salmon at the start of the ebb you should try for whiting at the front of the rock wall, look for patchy ground such as a bit of weed followed by a bit of sand and then a bit of weed…you get the idea.

FRESH squid is best: I can’t tell you how important this. If you can afford it, pipis work well too.

Flathead offshore

Speaking of yummy table fish, flathead are still on the chew off shore in 35m of water down to the east.

Keep the boat on the drift and use just a single strip of squid pricked through only once by the hook.

Want another secret spot? Go out through the Rip, turn left and head along the coast till you see a building in the sand dunes. Then turn right and keep going out till you reach 35m of water.

Mako sharks

Mako sharks seem to be the flavour of the month. We are loving catching them and they are loving being caught.

Start your berley trail in 50m of water off Barwon Heads and give it at least five hours.

Always have rods bottom bouncing for other fish as the sharks love the vibrations that this causes. Sharks are very inquisitive by nature and will often stick their nose up just for a look.

Bottom bouncing while running a shark trail is also a great way of finding new reefs and schools of fish so keep an eye on your sounder as well as your rods.

If you have any reports or cool pics you can contact me at --e-mail address hidden--

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