Lots of water but still a few fish
  |  First Published: August 2012

I wish I had a report full of fishing tales from Ninety Mile Beach, but unfortunately this month is going to be a little thinner than usual.

We were hit pretty hard with the floods, so unfortunately this meant massive amounts of fresh water entering Ninety Mile Beach of the coast through the Gippsland Lakes and the south Gippsland estuarine systems as well. This made our beaches not only rough from the weather but incredibly dirty almost all along the entire stretch of coastline. Funnily enough, there were still some keen anglers that got out there to give it a go and some were rewarded with some nice catches of salmon for their efforts.

Whilst the water was dirty, bait fishing was definitely advantageous over spinning, with bluebait and squid the two top baits to use with some good fish of up to 1.5kg.

Recently the water has started to clear and some better catches of salmon are occurring during the day on the run in tide. Surf poppers seem to be working a treat especially with a little bit of squid put on the hook for flavour.

Most anglers are putting a popper on the top dropper and bluebait on the bottom dropper and most of the salmon still seem to be taking the popper. The fish are of pretty good average size of around 1.5-2kg and around 50cm in length.

As long as the rain holds off and the water clears again, the spin fishing should be sensational again, but it’s probably a good idea to take your standard surf rod and bait just in case the water is dirty, especially if we have had rain in the last couple of days before you head out.

If you brave the cold, you would be in the chance for a winter gummy shark as well, they are generally around 90cm-1.2m at this time of year and fresh salmon would be a good bait to opt for.

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

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