Things have really started to come alive on Ninety Mile Beach, and many anglers have been flocking to the beach to reap the rewards and catch all of our favourite summer species.
In most places around Victoria, everyone is talking about the snapper, but here on Ninety Mile Beach, we are talking about gummy sharks. October and November is always synonymous with an influx of gummy sharks and other sharks moving in close to our beaches and this year was no different and plenty of fish have already been caught.
This season has also proved to be a late season in the fact that the cold water species such as draughtboard sharks and rock cod have continued to plague the beaches in quite high numbers despite the increasing temperature. The reason has been a lower than usual water temperature but as the weather gets better, so will the water temperature gradually increase.
Gummy sharks are going very well down the eastern end of the beach around Golden Beach and Loch Sport and this has been due to some deep water in very close. There has been a lack of gutters and just-deep water which a lot of land-based anglers like as they do not have to walk through water at night when chasing the gummies.
The weed has been hit and miss, one week it has been there and the next week it is gone, but we have been fairly lucky this month as there has not been much at all.
Gummies are going very well on squid, and I like to use a surf popper on the top dropper of a paternoster rig with a little bit of squid on it. This doesn’t get attacked by crabs as much and you can generally trust that you have some bait still out there even if the crabs are very bad. I think the buoyancy of the popper holds the bait a little too high in the water column for the crabs once it gets dark. It might be that the crabs are a little uneasy in swimming to high up and becoming gummy food.
Either way, the poppers work extremely well for gummies. Now late spring is also known for big school sharks coming in very close behind the breakers making them a target for boat bait paddlers and land-based casters alike. A good mate of mine Tom Lucas landed a cracker school shark recently at Golden Beach that weighed around 20kg.
Most of the school sharks have been caught of a night, but land-based game fishers have been also having luck paddling out baits just past casting distance as well during the day.
A couple of bronze whalers have been caught by the bait paddlers and the bronzies will become more frequently over the next couple of months. You can bet that the land-based game fishers will be out there to chase them.
For the humble bread and butter angler, November signals an influx of the big blue spot flathead to our beaches and you can’t go past Woodside, Reeves Beach and McLaughlins.
These locations are often much better to fish during the day. For some reason you don’t seem to get really big flatties much down the eastern end of Ninety Mile Beach. The run-in tide is especially great to catch the big flathead as they move into the shallower water to feed. Bluebait, surf poppers and white Mister Twisters have been exceptional and moving your bait slowly will often entice the larger blue spot flathead over just leaving your bait to dangle out there.
The bigger flathead have only just started to turn up and will only get better and more frequent through December.
For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544. You will get expert advice and some great deals on fishing bait and tackle. Don’t forget to tune in to Will’s Gippsland report on Rex Hunt and Lee Rayners’ “Off The Hook” on 1242.Reads: 830