Salmon the main target for winter beach anglers
  |  First Published: August 2013

We are right into winter now and Ninety Mile Beach is known for its Australian salmon run during the cold months so many anglers have been trying their luck for one of Australia’s premier sport fish.

Earlier on in the month, the salmon turned up in good numbers at the western end of the beach, mainly around McLoughlins Beach and Woodside.

Sizes were very mixed and anglers were catching salmon anywhere from small 25cm specimens all the way up to 50cm and a few into the 60cm size range.

Most of the salmon have been caught on bluebait, pilchards and squid however surf poppers and white grubs have been catching their fair share of salmon as well.

For some reason the western end has been more consistent for the salmon, but that’s not saying Golden Beach hasn’t beach producing fish either.

Golden Beach and Seaspray have been producing average size salmon of around 45cm but just not as many as down the western end of Ninety Mile Beach.

There have been some nice tailor at times as well, and these guys have been all along the beaches, they are just mixed in with the salmon or on a slow day you might just get a few tailor.

At McLoughlins surf beach I was surprised to hear of the amount of trevally that has been caught.

They are a bit of a rare thing to catch off the surf but there have been at least a dozen caught that I have heard of. There have also been a few mullet caught in the shallow using pipis.

In a few weeks, we will see the first run of gummies on the full moon, so get ready for that one and also the seven-gill sharks will be around in good numbers over the next three months.

It’s amazing we are almost through winter already and very close to the gummy snapper season once again.

For more information, Contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544. You will get expert advice and get great deals on fishing bait and tackle. Tune in to Rex Hunt and Lee Rayner’s Off the Hook “on 1242 to listen to Will’s report on Gippsland.
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