Ninety Mile Beach throws up a mixed bag
  |  First Published: March 2013

This has had to be one of the windiest times we have had for many summers.

It has brought with it a lot of that pesky slimy and grassy weed with it making fishing conditions tough, however some anglers have managed to pick the right days to get a few fish.

The last couple of weeks have been tough, but we have had the odd good day thrown in to go cast a line off the surf. The problem has been how erratic the weather has been, and it has bought a lot of weed to Ninety Mile Beach, especially up around the eastern end. The most reliable places to fish over the past month has been from McLoughlins surf beach through to Seaspray as the weed hasn’t been as bad. The saving grace for everyone this month has been the flathead. They have been about in great numbers and some of the biggest flathead you are likely to catch off the surf have been landed.

As usual McLoughlins and Woodside have produced the biggest flathead, and some specimens have been up around 70cm but are averaging 50cm, which are still awesome flathead in the surf. Surf poppers and white grubs have been producing most of the fish, but bluebait and fresh cut baits are good as well. Some guys are even using snapper snatchers now with a little bit of bait on them and they are working a treat.

Salmon are still getting caught and in fact, we have had a better salmon season over summer than we did in winter. Most of the salmon are big as well and are averaging around 2.5kg with a few small spotties as well. Some anglers have been fishing the edges with pipis to catch fresh bait and have managed to catch small sand whiting as well, which is something you don’t hear too often.

As for the sharks, they have slowed down a bit however there have been a handful of reports around of bronze whalers from to 1.8m caught but I haven’t heard of anymore monsters like last month. There have been a few small hammerhead sharks caught during the day, most are very small but there is the odd one that you could take home for a feed.

For the sharks, most anglers are trying to use fresh cut baits such as salmon, trevally and eel as these baits are staying on the hook a lot better and the crabs take longer getting them off the hook. As for the gummy sharks, they are still being caught of a night or early in the morning along all the beaches, just finding a beach lately that doesn’t have any weed is the trick. Over the next month, the elephant fish will move in and we will hit that time of year where anything could be caught.

For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544. You will get expert advice and great deals on fishing bait and tackle., Turn in to Rex Hunt and Lee Rayner’s “Off the Hook” on 1242 to hear Will’s Report on what’s going on in Gippsland!

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