Back to the surf
  |  First Published: May 2012

It’s that time of year where a lot of local fishos begin to think about surf fishing.

The peninsula back beaches will light up over the next few weeks as more and more anglers start to think about putting the boat away for the season and dusting off the surf rods.


To that end we have already been hearing good reports of salmon between 600-800g coming from a few of local hotspots such as Gunnamatta surf beach. Mixed in with these fish are good schools of yellow eye mullet which are prolific through summer but will be caught year round. And if you haven’t already tried it, I’d recommend giving surf spinning a try this year. It can be an excellent method for improving the numbers of fish you land from the back beaches – but more on that as the season unfolds.

The squid fishing has been on the improve with some great fish now being taken from some of the rock platforms at Mt Martha and also at famous destinations such as the Sorrento pier.


Anglers taking advantage of the spells of calmer autumn weather have been seeing significant catches of many of our favourite summer species. In recent weeks we have had an excellent run of late season snapper with fish between 3-6kg common.

Most of the action has been from Ansetts down to the point off Mt Martha, in water anywhere between 14-21m.

There are still good numbers of smaller pinkies on the inshore reefs. Rosebud Reef has still been seeing some pan-sized pinkies.

Yellowtail kingfish

The kings have been a massive talking point this year and early autumn saw the fish being caught over a wider area. We had reports coming from everywhere from Lonsdale Bight, the rip and around the scuttled HMAS Canberra. Fish fell to a variety of means, but the average size dropped to under 7kg, where a bit earlier in the season we were seeing fish regularly over 10kg. Given the amount of guys targeting the fish this year, it will be interesting to see how long the reports continue for.


The humble old flattie is a popular target and it has been fantastic to see so many big specimens around this year. There was a period in recent history where it seemed hard to catch a flattie over 30cm, but with an abundance of blue spot available this year we have been seeing some rippers!

Anglers fishing in front of the sisters for whiting have been catching them as by-catch, while flicking Squidgie Pro Fish in the poddy mullet has proven effective while drifting along the sand flats and banks off Rye.

Looking ahead, the next month is always popular with squid fishers. While the weather is still calm, and it is not too cold, it is a great time to get out in the boat and target some good size calamari. It will certainly be something I will be doing – I look forward to bringing you the reports next month!

For more information feel free to drop in and see the boys at Peninsula Total Tackle, 11 Boneo Road in Rosebud or phone: 03 5981 1994.

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