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Flathead and prawns inside
  |  First Published: April 2013



When the weather cools down a bit we should hopefully see an end to these easterly winds.

We have had some seriously hot weather and it’s great for swimming, but unfortunately for us anglers, it’s not our proffered conditions for getting out on the fish.

INSIDE

The easterlies have bought a lot of that slimy weed with it and it’s got to the point where it has entered out estuaries. McLoughlins has been hit the worst and the entrance has been unfishable a lot of the time due to the amount of weed getting sucked out on the run-out tide. The smaller tides are not quite as bad though.

This has meant most anglers have been fishing the banks with soft plastic lures and this has been working a treat. The flatties are still big and should continue to be so into April, but numbers will decrease from now on and through autumn till about May. I have seen some ripper sized flathead caught and many are well over 60cm and into the 70cm mark, with two fish that I know of nearly hitting the 85cm mark.

For those that chase blue spot flathead know, that these are massive fish and weigh well over what a dusky flathead would at that length. I have to say Manns Beach and Robertsons have been fishing a little better that McLoughlins and I think that’s because the shallower water near Robertson’s beach has less floating weed. Most guys are accessing this region from Port Albert and the whole region around Horn Island through to Kearney’s entrance is producing good amounts of large flathead.

Pinkie snapper are going ok as well, and Manns entrance through to Robertsons beach is producing 30cm pinkies and the odd 45cm pinkie to bait anglers fishing with bluebait, fresh calamari and pipis. Light paternoster rigs are all that is needed here. I haven’t heard of too many large snapper inside Port Albert this month, but there seems to be quite a few undersize to 30cm pinkies floating around in the old port channel and Snake Channel.

Prawns

The last new moon saw McLoughlins Beach flooded with prawners, something that we haven’t really seen to this extent. I think a lot of surf fishers were doing this after hitting the beaches at night. Some anglers caught 1kg of prawns; I spoke to one prawner that got 4kg. Some prawners were unlikely and got none.

The next moon will be even better I’m sure, but at least it brought us another alternative of a night. The flounder are about in pretty good numbers too, but again some anglers aren’t getting any, but then some anglers and getting up to a dozen, it just depends if you can find a spot that hasn’t been fished as much.

OFFSHORE

It’s been tough with this easterly but there have been a couple of days good enough to get offshore. Off McLoughlins, the pinkie snapper have been going well. There have been fish straight out and then some nice quantities down near McGaurans and Seaspray, mostly in 18m of water. They aren’t huge but there are plenty of 30-45cm fish around. Pilchards have been the best bait. The guys drifting are getting some cracking good flathead still and most are at least 45cm in length.

A couple of weeks ago were probably the best week of gummy shark reports in memory. Not for quantity but for size. There seemed to be a run of big female gummies weighing at least 18kg each and some up to 25kg in weight. Offshore Manns Beach produced plenty in relatively shallow water, but plenty got caught all the way past McLoughlins as well. Fresh baits worked a treat and I can tell you there is no shortage of bait out here. There are yakkas galore and slimeys out even wider. There are even schools of salmon floating around and some arrow squid too.

The kingies have been seen frequently as well, and not only are they on the reefs chasing up small snapper to the surface, but they are schooling up on baitfish and have been caught be anglers casting or jigging small metal lures and Gulp soft plastics.

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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