The weather hasn’t been very angler friendly over the past month, especially in South Gippsland. Due to the icy days only the keenest have tackled the fish around McLoughlins and Manns beach estuaries.
Despite the cold weather, a select few have managed some fantastic fishing on the days that allow them to get out. The estuary has still been producing both salmon and tailor in good numbers. Although the average salmon has been only around 30cm there is no shortage of them.
It’s the trevally that has been providing the real sport. The trevs have been up to 50cm in length inside the entrances of McLoughlins and Manns, which is quite astounding. The numbers have been good as well, with many anglers catching up to 10 of these fish in a single session. Soft plastics fished with a heavy jighead kept near the bottom have been very successful in catching these fish. Both Berkleys and Squidgies doing the job well.
The key to catching trevally is to keep the plastic on the bottom and mix up the retrieve pattern. Do a few casts lifting up off the bottom quite violently as if it were a metal jig, then do short sharp jerks holding your rod tip down. Eventually you will work out which technique the fish prefer on the day.
Metal lures are working well too. Drift spinning and jigging are the most successful methods. Lures no bigger than 40g have been the go.
The garfish are still around in big numbers, however I still have not seen one bigger than the specimen caught last month by Mo Masion at Manns Beach, which weighed 485g. Most gars are 35-40cm in length and pipis or Jap clam have been very successful baits for catching them. Both float rigs and bottom fishing with light paternoster rigs has been working well for the gars.
I’m sure there will be much more to talk about over September, as the flatties, gummies and snapper should being making their presence known. Let’s just hope the weather is a little kinder to us by then.
For more information on fishing McLoughlins and Manns beaches, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544.Reads: 1549