Pop a popper on
  |  First Published: February 2008

The surf beaches along the Ninety Mile Beach have once again shown that they are a fishing paradise, with a wide range of species on offer to all anglers. The species available include flathead, salmon, gummy, school, bronze whaler and hammerhead sharks, snapper, trevally and the odd yellowtail kingfish.

The yellowtail kingfish is an unusual species to be taken off the beach, however I have seen the photos of one such fish that was taken at Paradise Beach just before New Year on a blue surf popper. When it hit, the angler was winding in to check his bait. The fish weighed 2.5kg, and probably had some mates close by, so it would pay to have a rod with a lure close by to have a few casts while waiting for a fish to take a bait.

Surf poppers seem to be the flavour of the month for many species. Blue surf poppers have produced salmon ranging from 2-4kg around Loch Sport during late afternoon and evening. Red surf poppers have been producing school sharks. Flathead, gummy, hammerhead sharks and salmon to 1kg have been taking all colours of surf poppers, from Paradise Beach to Woodside Beach. These species have also been taking baits like bluebait, squid and whitebait. Some of the flathead caught between McLoughlins Beach and McGaurans Beach have been up to 3kg.

There have been some bronze whaler sharks of 1.5–2.1m taken from Paradise Beach to Seaspray, which have taken squid, fresh salmon and trevally fillets. The bigger sharks have been taken by those using game gear and big baits, and paddling their baits out around 100m. The odd trevally has been taken from McLoughlins Beach on bluebait, whitebait and blue or red surf poppers. Snapper and pinkies have been taken from McGaurans to Golden Beach. They have been taken on squid, pilchards and fresh fish fillets.

The guys launching tinnies off the beach have been doing well, with snapper, gummy and mako sharks taken from the waters off Delray, Seaspray and McGaurans Beach. The best baits have been squid, pilchards, salmon and trevally.

With options like these available it is well worth the effort to give the beach a try. If you do give it a go, make sure you take a photo of your catch and email it to me with some details of how you caught it, and I will include it in the next report.

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