Great time for salmon
  |  First Published: May 2012

May has crept up on us faster than we wanted to.

For many anglers here on the North West coast, May is just the beginning of the winter blues. With the brown trout season closed and saltwater temperatures down, many anglers simply give up! For anglers who brave the elements or step out of their trout fishing element, some very rewarding fishing can be had.

Sure, I agree that our sportfish may be a bit more few and far between in the cooler months, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there! May is a great time for large Australian salmon. Unlike warmer months where salmon can be found in the deep most of the time, I have found that the larger fish will be easily found from the shore.

In fact, last year my good friend Daniel landed a personal best fish that was 53cm to the fork off Red Rock! Metal lures are good to cover distance and find the fish while soft plastics worked medium-fast will bring the fussier ones undone. Red Rock in Cooee is a great spot at high tide for salmon and fishes well with soft plastics. Wivenhoe Beach is a great place to throw metal lures out and work your way along the beach until you find them!

Flathead anglers after a feed will be in their usual spots around the coast in about 20-40m of water. There is no secret to it really. I find drifting and covering more ground a much better option than anchoring up as you can find some bigger fish.

Oily baits like pilchards may not be as tough as squid, but the smell will entice bites more often! Remember, gurnard are an unfortunate part of flathead fishing, and are usually thicker in the cooler months but the flathead I’ve found are usually bigger this time of year too!

Gummy sharks aren’t common, but when you hook one it’s usually a monster so be ready!

Just like warmer months bring in interesting species, the colder months give us opportunities too!

I have had a bit of luck fishing off the Rocks in Cooee Point at low tide with small crabs targeting black drummer. They aren’t as common here as they are in the mainland but that’s what makes it so rewarding!

I had a friend who has had luck with drummer off Sisters Beach too. They are hard to find and it’s really frustrating to get through pesky wrasse. The rewards are well worth it though as the fight is brutal.

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