When the weather has been stable and the fishing has been great lately, with some great gummies and snapper being taken from most beaches.
The usual beach species of flathead and salmon are being taken from Lake Tyers and Eastern Beach at Lakes Entrance through to McLoughlins Beach. The better catches of salmon are at the eastern end around Lakes Entrance and the flathead being at the western end around Woodside and McLoughlin’s Beaches, however both species are caught along the whole length.
Baits of bluebait, whitebait, pilchard, fresh fish fillets, squid and pipi are all taking fish, as well as metal lures for Australian salmon and soft plastics for flathead when conditions allow. The surf popper is generally quite productive at this time of year as the flathead and salmon will both readily take them.
The flathead will really start to get bigger and in better numbers in the last week of December with the week of New Years some of the best fishing for flathead on the beaches around Woodside and McLoughlins.
Some of the fish at this time of year can reach up to 5kg, however don’t forget that these are the big females that produce the most eggs, so let them go and keep some smaller fish around 40-50cm in length.
The snapper have been going pretty hard lately, with some big fish being taken off several beaches, with Loch Sport, Golden Beach, McGaurans and Woodside all producing good numbers and size of fish lately.
Some of these fish have been up to 6kg, with most being over 1kg. They are being taken of the normal baits of squid, pilchards, bluebait and fresh fish fillets, either fished early morning or into the night. Some catches have been of 6 fish each, which will mean you will need to keep an eye on sizes to make sure you are within your bag limit.
All you need to do is find a deep gutter and fish it with good baits at the right times and you will be in with a chance.
Gummies have been caught in the same areas as the snapper, with most anglers targeting gummies and catching the snapper as a by-catch. This isn’t a bad thing, in my opinion!
The size of the gummies has also been good with most being solid sharks around the 1-1.2m in length and the odd one up to 1.5m. The best time to target the gummies is at night or early morning in deep gutters with good fresh bait or with squid, pilchards and bluebait.
Other species of sharks will start showing up soon, like bronze whalers, school and hammerheads, particularly the smaller varieties, will make an appearance soon as they tend to like the warmer water. They will take the normal baits that are meant for gummies or flathead.
Lastly, I would like to thank all readers of this magazine, as I have been here from the start. It is good to know that the magazine is still going strong! I would also like to thank my contacts that I have relied on for the up-to-date local information and would suggest that if you are in the area to drop in and get the local info and spend a few bucks with them for their trouble.
These people are Will Thompson at Allways Angling in Traralgon, Bill and Peter at East End Bait & Tackle in Lakes Entrance, Steve at Woodside Service Station and Marlz at Golden Beach Foodrama, also thanks to all that have emailed over the years.
I am pleased to have contributed to the magazine and hope readers have got something out of these articles and you never know, I might just pop up again at some stage.
Again thank you all and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I may see you out on the water somewhere.Reads: 1642