Surf fishing needs to lift
  |  First Published: September 2012

Whilst most of us anglers don’t look forward to the mornings and nights of winter, we do look forward to the annual run of winter Australian salmon along the Ninety Mile Beach, but unfortunately this year it hasn’t really happened.

There had been the odd big salmon caught over the past month, but they have been few and far between. It has really been a case of the right place, right time, but the right place and right time might only be 1 or 2 days a week and a couple of hours of the tide on those days.

I’m unsure why this winter has been so different to last year’s run of salmon, but from what I can gather from reports from offshore commercial fishers, is that there are plenty of big bait schools out wide which means there is no reason for the salmon to come in close to the beach where we can cast.

The big salmon only come in close to feed on large school of bait but if the bait isn’t there, then the salmon won’t be there either. What have been present are descent quantities of small juvenile salmon up to around 25cm in length. These fish have been in close to the shore break and are being caught by anglers simply using light tackle in close to the edge with pipis or small pieces of squid or bluebait.

The silver lining to all this, is the depth of water that has appeared along Ninety Mile Beach, especially at the eastern end from Loch Sport to Golden Beach. The water is almost straight down and with a heavy slope in the beach means there is some deep water in close. If this lasts till spring, we should be in for an awesome gummy run in September.

There have been anglers heading over to the beaches at night already in anticipation of an early gummy, but most are only coming up with draughtboard sharks. I think it will be another few weeks yet until the gummies come to the fore.

Down the western end around Woodside, there are some very deep holes and a few good gutters forming so again, if this holds up, we will have some fantastic spring fishing which is knocking on our door at the minute.

I apologise for the not so fantastic fishing report, but I can only report on what’s here now, but I will almost guarantee that we should have some awesome gummy fishing in September, so don’t despair!

For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544 or listen to his reports during the whip around on 1242 Off The Hook with Rex Hunt and Lee Rayner. You will get expert advice and great deals on fishing bait and tackle.

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