It is salmon time on the Ninety Mile Beach
  |  First Published: July 2012

It’s finally that time of year where all hardcore anglers brave the cold to pursue those prime sport fish, the Australia salmon.

What better place is there to do this than at the Ninety Mile beach!

Salmon have been a little hit and miss, mainly due to the fact that you don’t know what beach is going to fish the best. I can tell you however that at the time of writing, many more salmon have been caught down the western end of the Ninety Mile. These beaches include McGaurans, Woodside and McLoughlins beaches.

Loch Sport had a good run of massive salmon ranging up to 4kg for a few days then it seemed to go quiet, but from Seaspray down to McLoughlins and all the beaches in between seem to have fished far more consistently than the rest of the Ninety Mile. The fish are of all sizes ranging from 30-60cm and the occasional un-landable salmon as well. The run-in tide seems to be doing the trick, but it really depends on the structure of the beach at the time, and unfortunately, this is trial and error as the weather has been so up and down that the beach conditions are constantly changing.

For this reason, the spin fishers seem to be catching a lot more salmon than bait anglers. The spin fishers tend to walk the beach and cover more distance. This enables them to find different structures, such as gutters, channels and rips, which can be holding spots for baitfish and hence the salmon.

Woodside has had some very reliable spin fishing, where good numbers of smaller salmon ranging up to 1kg are being caught. It hasn’t been uncommon to get over a dozen in a quick 1-hour session. McGaurans Beach has produced a couple of days where you could catch salmon nearly every cast on lures or surf poppers and most of the fish have been at least 2kg in weight. McLoughlins surf beach has fished similarly on the high tide.

Anglers can expect to get some massive salmon over here on the run-in, but they have been short lived and only a couple of hours of the tide have produced fish. These fish have been up to and over 3kg in weight and take some effort getting in on light line. During the flat conditions, 25-35g lures have been the most successful, yet on the rough days where there is heaps of side wash, you might need to use lures as heavy as 60g to keep out there long enough before getting caught by the side wash.

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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