Beach fishing improves with the weather
  |  First Published: October 2008

The weather is becoming fine and the days are longer. Footy has finished and the Christmas rush hasn’t started yet, so there is plenty of opportunity to get out and hit the beaches in search of fish.

There have been some good catches of salmon, gummy sharks, tailor and mullet, which are all good reasons to get down to the beach and give it a go. All beaches have been producing fish with some performing better than others on different days. The main thing is finding good deep gutters or holes to fish.

On some days there have been patches of weed that cause problems, however it can pay to move a short distance to see if there is cleaner water either side of your selected spot.

The salmon have been taking bluebait, whitebait, pipis, prawns and metal lures. They have been around in good numbers and sizes, with some fish up to 2.5kg. The average has been from 500g to 1kg. The best times have been around a change of tide early in the mornings.

Tailor have been taken by anglers targeting salmon, and on occasions they have outnumbered the salmon. The average size has been 500-750g, with the odd fish up to 1kg. They have mainly been taking bluebait, whitebait and metal lures.

The beaches around Golden Beach have been producing more tailor than most, however they have shown up all along the beach at times in varying numbers. Lakes Entrance and Lake Tyers beaches have been producing better numbers of larger salmon than most other beaches.

Gummy sharks have been taken in reasonable numbers from Loch Sport through to Woodside Beach. Most sharks have been between 90cm and 1.2m (3-6kg).

Seven-gilled sharks have also been taken by anglers chasing gummies. The best baits have been fresh fillets of salmon, tailor and mullet, along with squid, bluebait and pilchards.

With the gummies there hasn’t been any pattern associated with the moon phase, so just give it a go when the weather and night suits you. Some anglers have caught up to 10 in a night, however don’t forget the bag limit of two per person (possession limit) and a minimum size of 45cm from last gill to tail wrist (check the current regulations before getting out there).

The weather and fishing are improving, so make the most of it and get out and give it a bash. Don’t forget to take your camera. Take the photos of your catch and send them into me and I will add them to my report.

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