Flathead and Gummies Surge
  |  First Published: November 2010

Since the middle of October there has been an increase in activity, with species like flathead and gummies starting to make a regular appearance.

There has still been good numbers of salmon taken from all beaches, with most methods producing fish at various times. If using baits, try using pilchards, bluebait, squid, pipi and whitebait fished on a paternoster rig used in conjunction with a surf popper, saltwater fly or white double tail soft plastics. This is regularly producing good numbers of fish.

Metal lures are also worth having when you spend some time fishing the beaches as it can be productive while waiting for a bite on a bait rod. Numerous times the fish are there but they are shy of baits and will take a metal lure.

The flathead have been showing up from Golden Beach through to McLoughlins Beach, however so far they have been smaller with most fish between 25-30cm.

As we get closer to Christmas the sizes will increase, especially around Woodside and McLoughlins beaches, where some specimens reach up to 4kg in late December, but don’t forget that the big fish are females so should be released.

The best baits are bluebait, whitebait, pilchards, squid and any fresh fillets of fish are all worth trying. Soft plastics are also worth a try if the conditions are not too rough, as a large flathead on light gear in the surf is a good challenge.

Gummies have been becoming more prevalent; however most so far have been around the 70cm-1m in length, but you never know when you are going to hook the big one.

The gummies have been taken along most beaches with Pettmans and Lake Tyers Beach in the east producing through to McGuarans and Woodside beaches all producing.

Again also remember that the big gummies are females as well and should be released.

The best baits have been squid, pilchards, bluebait and fresh fillets of salmon, tailor, trevally, mullet and flathead.

There has been a bit of a problem with draughtboard sharks still hanging around however they shouldn’t be around for much longer. The odd seven-gill shark has also been taken as well with the beaches around Golden Beach being the area that most have been taken so far.

From this month on there are normally a few bronze whaler sharks in various sizes hooked, with some landed, from the beaches around Loch Sport through to Woodside, as well as school and hammerhead sharks.

Now we are into the warmer part of the year the fishing is only going to get better with the above species and also the chance of snapper and pinkies moving into areas like McGuarans Beach and Delray Beach. So it will pay to get out there and give it a go.

On a sadder note, December will be my last Ninety Mile Beach report, it has been a pleasure to bring this to you every month since Victorian Fishing Monthly started.

I hope that you have enjoyed the report and that you have caught some good fish from the reports.

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