Trevally bliss, salmon hit and miss
  |  First Published: October 2008

You can tell spring is here because the wind is here as well. The wind over in south Gippsland has been atrocious at times, making it difficult to fish.


John Ansell and I tried to battle the winds, but lost. The day was salvaged by the volume of trevally that have inundated the McLoughlins system this year. It has been the best trevally season in years. The trevally responded very well to Berkley Power Minnows in pumpkinseed and bloodworm, yet heavy jigheads were needed to battle the wind and current. Jigheads of 1/6-1/4oz seemed to be the go.

The trevally we caught averaged 35cm in length so were very good sport. John also managed some tailor but that was about it for the day. The wind proved far too strong so we cut the day short.

The salmon have been very hit and miss this year. One day they are there and the next they are not, so it is just shear persistence that will catch the salmon.

John Ansell went to Manns Beach the week before we did and managed to find a school of salmon in the entrance. Metal lures were the go, and he caught countless amounts of salmon to 30cm, and the odd one to 38cm.


The gummy sharks have already turned up offshore and will continue to be caught in increasing numbers throughout the rest of the year. The gummies have been of mixed sizes. I have heard of some as big as 15kg and some just over legal size. Squid and fresh fish flesh have proved the best baits.

For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 5174 8544.

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