What a month it has been and if the next few months fish as well as this one, then we are all in for an awesome winter.
Last month was great; nearly all the different species possible were around at once. This month, the classic winter species have started to out number the rest.
Australian salmon have been the main thing, however they aren’t just salmon, they are monsters. The salmon have been up to and even over 80cm and weighing more than 10lb, which is truly massive. The salmon are spread all along the 90 Mile Beach from Loch Sport to Woodside and everywhere in between. They are taking everything, but bluebait and pilchards are probably working the best.
Just a simple standard paternoster rig is all that is needed. Also, the time of day doesn’t seem to matter, but more salmon are being caught during the day rather than at night.
For the most fun, take a spinning rod and a few metal lures. You will have more fun than any other form of fishing. A 9-10ft graphite rod works the best and use braided line on a medium-sized reel for an optimum cast. Just walking the beach slowly allows you to cover a lot of water, and the fight you get out of these awesome fish is hard to beat, especially when there are over 4.5kg.
Mixed in with the salmon are tailor and trevally, and some of these fish are quite large.
Surprisingly, there have been a couple of rare catches this month. Firstly, there were a few mulloway caught off the surf down the Woodside/McLoughlins end of the beach. They weren’t huge, but still it’s a very rare catch down here.
Also amazingly, there were a few yellowtail kingfish mixed in the salmon as well, which isn’t so unusual in summer, however it is nearly winter which makes this a little crazy. Not a bad catch off the surf either.
The gummy sharks have still been going strong, even during the day, however they have tapered off in recent weeks. There were still elephantfish going strong as well up until a week or two ago, but they will have probably disappeared once June arrives.
Either way, there is some ripper fish to be caught and it looks like the winter fishing this season will be the best season we have ever had off the Ninety Mile Beach.
For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544. You will get expert advice and some great deals on fishing bait and tackle.Reads: 1890