Sharks and Snapper
  |  First Published: December 2011

The surf has fished well and with water temperatures rising, plenty of sharks and a few snapper have been caught.

The eastern end of Ninety Mile Beach, around Golden and paradise beaches and loch sport seems to be a bit deeper in close than the rest of the beaches. In these gutters, the seven-gill sharks have been prevalent, which is very unusual. Gummy sharks around 1.2m have been going strong for a while now and they are mixed in with the seven-gills as well.

They have been caught all along Ninety Mile but generally only during night fishing sessions. Bluebait and pilchards seem to be working well, but if you can catch a salmon or a tailor, take some fillets off and use that instead.


Most of the fish have been caught early morning rather than at night time and for anglers fishing near Woodside, the gutter seems to be out a little further out than normal. Justin Shankland had an interesting catch when he caught a saw shark at Seaspray. He said it fought similar to a gummy but he knew he had something different on. He also caught 5 gummies during the same session around 1m long taken on a variety of baits.

There are plenty of anglers getting spooled or losing massive fish of a night time. These fish are mostly big toothy sharks such as bronze whalers. This has also been confirmed as the anglers whom paddle out baits off the surf have been catching bronze whalers up to and over 1.8m for the past few weeks.

The bigger flatheads have moved in close now, however most have been caught down towards Woodside and Reeves Beach. Some of these fish are up to 60cm long and are mainly being caught during the day on bluebait, surf poppers and white rubber grubs.

Recently a young humpback whale washed up dead on the shores of McGaurans Beach. The Melbourne Museum came down to strip the whale for possible display of the skeleton. Many anglers lined up all around the whale hoping to snag an easy catch with all the whale oil and burley that was washing into the ocean.

For more information, contact Will at Allwaysa Angling in Traralgon on 51748544. You will expert advice and great deals on fishing bait and tackle.

Justin Shanklin caught this saw shark at Seaspray. This is quite a rare catch normally off the surf, but a few have been caught over recent weeks.

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