Gummies and Flathead for Dinner
  |  First Published: November 2011

What a great month in the surf. The gummies are back and there’s still plenty more to come.

We have been pretty lucky over the last month to have some decent weather. The only problem we have had was that the surf has been a bit dirty at times because of all the rain and it’s been difficult to spot the gutters. Also we have had a couple of days where the wind has been very strong and blown heaps of kelp and sponges in to shore which can get caught up in your line in the shore break.

Besides this however, there have been plenty of gummies getting caught. The tide seems to be fairly important, and the high tide or the very start of the run out tide has been fishing the best. If you can get the high tide on an evening, you will probably be in for a good night provided the weather is ok.

More gummy sharks have been caught on fresh salmon fillet than any other bait, so I would be taking over some bluebait, squid or pipis, and hope to catch some bait first up. Pipis work well in close to catch smaller salmon for bait.

The bluebait will still catch plenty of gummies, so it’s always best to take a few packets over. The gummy sharks have been averaging 1m in length and there have been a couple of 10kg gummies caught as well.

What have turned up in good numbers early are flathead. More surprisingly is that big flathead have turned up at the eastern end of Ninety Mile Beach, around Golden Beach and Paradise Beach.

You get plenty of flathead here in the warmer months, but usually below 40cm on average. But October has produced plenty of big flathead over 40cm in length and in good number as well.

The western end of the beach around Woodside and McLoughlins have been producing lots of good sized flatties as well.

Bluebait and whitebait have been the best baits, but surf poppers and white grubs have been working well too.

The snapper will most likely be on the surf in November so get out there ASAP as the run on the beaches can be shortlived. Hopefully we will all have good fishing over the next month if the weather is kind to us.

For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544. You will get expert advice and great deals on fishing Bait and Tackle.

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