With cooling water the fishing is changing. Right now we are in the transitional stage where the fishing is amazing and you could catch anything.
McLoughlins Beach has everything at the moment and it’s all due to water temperature change. There are still tonnes of whiting around and it seems hardly any anglers are chasing them. Most of the whiting are around 30cm with a few undersize fish with the odd 45cm whiting around too. Pipis and Bass yabbies have been the go. The whiting will hang around inside until the water drops below 14C and at the moment due to the excellent weather and longer than usual summer, the inside water temperature has remained high. This is the reason why we are catching such a wide range of species at the moment.
Normally, flathead would slowly be disappearing from the estuary, but they are still there in great numbers and there are plenty of flathead around the 50cm mark. The run-out tide is the go, especially at the start and then cast pumpkinseed soft plastics onto the shallower flats and jig the plastic into the deeper water. The bait anglers are still getting some nice blue spot flathead as well, but mainly on bluebait and whitebait and this is because most of the estuaries are chockers of bait at the moment.
The trevally are around now which is usual for late autumn and they normally hang around for a few a few more months and through winter. Most are getting caught on bait, but they most certainly are very catchable on vibes and soft plastics. The salmon have now entered the estuary and they are well wide spread throughout McLoughlins and all the way through to Port Albert. There have been much bigger salmon at Port Albert and there was a week not long ago where every fish was at least 3kg and the odd un-landable fish as well. You can troll for salmon with metal slices, but drifting with the tide and casting metals and soft plastics it a very good way to catch numbers of fish. Over the next month, we should see the run of ultra-big salmon enter the estuaries.
It’s been the best gummy shark season I can remember, and not just for numbers but for size of fish as well. Plenty of big male fish to 15kg and many solid 10kg fish have been landed. They have been out front of McLoughlins and Mann’s beaches in around 15m and a few out wider in around 20m as well. Most guys are drifting, but if you have a mark, you can anchor up and berley. Out front of Port Albert in Whale Bay has been great as well, as has been out wide east of cliffy island in around 40m of water. So the gummies are everywhere. The good sign is that there are hundreds of baby schoolies and gummies around as well, which at times are extremely annoying but it is good for the future.
Snapper have been going good offshore, but mostly only pinkies around 35cm at best but there are plenty of them and most anglers are getting a bag. They are spread everywhere from out front of McLoughlins in close all the way to the tower and there are plenty around cliffy as well. They will ease off shortly though.
We had a big run of striped tuna up until only a couple of weeks ago which was unexpected but due to the persisting high water temperature I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. They make excellent bait and a lot of gummy sharks were caught on the stripies that anglers were catching.
Over the next month, it will be time to head out wide into 35m plus to chase those big flathead and gummies that June and July is known for, so get amongst them.
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