Sharks in the surf and bluefin on the surface
  |  First Published: August 2013

Cool chilly nights on deserted beaches might not be everyone's idea of a fun night out but with the quality and quantity of gummy sharks patrolling the beaches you'd be missing out if you stayed at home.

Fresh salmon fillets, which can be caught on location and fished after dark are frequently taking gummy sharks to 8kg with 4kg being an average sized fish. Johanna, Glen Aire and Station beaches have been the places to cast a line with deep gutters available at each of these locations.

Bluefin tuna are still patrolling offshore with the Big Reef area holding the best concentrations of fish. Trolling small skirted lures or casting soft plastics at sighted fish have been productive methods although finding a flat day to make the long run out has been a hard task.

The tuna are due to move on any week now so don't waste any time if you have been thinking about a trip out wide.

Salmon schools are holding just offshore of Wild Dog Beach right along to the waterfall. Boats trolling small metal lures have caught fish to 3kg although 1kg is a much more common size.

Anchoring up at this time of year on the waterfall reefs is always reliable for silver trevally. These fish respond well to a light berley trail which will also attract the attention of passing salmon and cowanyoung.

Big King George whiting could also be a possibility but don't expect large numbers of these fish at this time of year.

The Aire River mouth is worth a visit as the bream are biting well in the lower reaches of the river. Baits such as prawn and scrub worms fished unweighted are a sure fire bet but I like to be a little more active and cast lures. If the water is dirty I'll go for a lightly weighted soft plastic such as a Berkley Gulp Turtle Back Worm but if you can see 30-50cm into the water something like a Smith Jade hardbodied lure is a deadly option.

Keeping you lure close to the bank will bring the best results but don't forget to pepper any structure such as sunken timber or rocks as these often hold good numbers of bream as well.

Further upstream towards the Great Ocean Road bridge trout will be feeding around the drain entrances. If the drains are pumping out fresh water try casting a scrub worm or small lure around the colour change as trout will be using this as cover to ambush their prey.

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