Waves of red
  |  First Published: December 2008

The surf has been seen a wave of red along the beaches, with a lot of snapper and large pinkies being caught. While snapper from the beaches is not unusual, the numbers of fish have taken most seasoned anglers by surprise.

The stretch of beach producing the best has been that between McGuarans and McLoughlins beaches. Most of the fish have been around 2kg, but there have been some of 5-6kg. It doesn’t seem to matter what time of the day you fish either, as they have been taken at all times. All that matters is you have bait in the water when the fish are moving past. The best baits have been squid, pilchard and bluebait, with Snapper Snatchers also working well.

There have also been plenty of other species on offer such as salmon, tailor, flathead, mullet, gummy sharks and bronze whaler sharks.

The salmon have been spread from Lakes Entrance through to McLoughlins Beach, with some areas fishing very well one day and then quiet the next. There has been some good size to them, with fish up to 2kg being caught.

Tailor have been mixed in with the salmon, with both species taking bluebait, pilchard, squid and surf poppers. White double-tail Mister Twisters style lures have also worked well for salmon and tailor.

Flathead have been increasing in size and numbers, with good fish being taken around Woodside Beach on surf poppers, bluebait, squid and pilchard. The flathead are great sport through the summer months, when fish of 2-3kg are taken. Mullet have been taken from the wash by anglers using pipis or small strips of pilchard or squid as bait.

Gummy sharks have been taken along the length of the beach, with Loch Sport to McGuarans Beach fishing well. Some sharks are up to 1.5-1.8m and 15-20kg. The best times have been around the new and full moons, with some sharks even being taken in the middle of the afternoon. The best baits have been fresh fillets of salmon, tailor and mullet, with squid, pilchards and bluebait the better frozen baits to try.

Darren Baumgarten recently caught a 1.3m bronze whaler from McLoughlins Beach when fishing with bluebait. He also caught a pinkie of 44cm, salmon and tailor. He reported a great afternoon’s fishing with bites every few minutes.

Don’t forget the Golden Beach Surf Fishing Competition held over the January Australia Day Weekend. For more information contact the Golden Beach Foodarama on 03 5146 3240.

Darren Baumgarten has been catching a good variety of fish from McLoughlins Beach.

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