It’s not totally winter yet, however the salmon should keep anglers warm.
I’m going to talk about salmon because there have been some massive ones caught. Actually, there has been a bit of everything caught lately but I will start with the salmon.
The good news is the weed has gone and now the only thing to worry about is wind. Over the past few weeks we have had perfect fishing conditions and the western end of the beach looks great with no gutters and just open water with bait everywhere and birds diving out the back. This means salmon.
What I just described is obviously the ideal situation it’s most certainly isn’t always like that, you have to be lucky, but it has been like this recently and those in the right spot at the right time have smashed the salmon. I think we could be in for a good season because there have been some huge salmon around, some over 3.5kg with a lot of fish averaging 1-1.5kg.
Squid and bluebait are working very well, but surf poppers and snapper snatchers are catching plenty as well. If you use the poppers or snatchers, just put a little but of bait on them; squid stays on well. This is certainly the time to spin the surf, so if you want to have the best fishing, get a long graphite spin rod between 8-9’, a small reel and spool up with braid and grab a handful of metal lures. This is by far the most fun way to catch salmon and I do it every autumn and winter and it’s great.
You can fish any beach but it’s the luck of the draw to know where you will catch the fish as they move up and down the beaches constantly, so where there are salmon today they could be gone tomorrow.
There are still some good gummy sharks getting caught of a night time and with the salmon around, you have good access to fresh bait, so if you catch a salmon, fillet it and use small pieces for the gummies in the evening, you can’t go wrong. Gummy sharks will be catchable probably till early June and then the draughtboard sharks get into plaque proportion.
There have been a few seven-gill sharks caught lately as by-catch to gummy sharks.
Every few years the tailor numbers out weight the salmon, and at times this year, we have seen this. The tailor and salmon are swimming together at the moment, so you don’t know what you will catch. They have mainly been caught on baits, such as bluebait, squid and salmon fillet. The tailor is fantastic gummy bait and I personally think even better than salmon, so give it a go.
The will take the spinners just as well so there is every chance of catching one spinning as well.
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