So far we have had some great winter fishing in south Gippsland only to be slightly hindered by the unpredictable weather.
Apart from this, the salmon have been going great and the gummies offshore have been excellent as well.
Last year we had a disappointing salmon season in south Gippsland as they were low in numbers and only abundant for a short period of time. This year has been completely different and by early June we had awesome numbers of salmon inside McLoughlins entrance and Port Albert entrance. This year we have had some very mixed sizes. For the most part, the salmon are averaging 40-45cm in length and weighing around 1.2kg.
At McLoughlins, the entrance is your best bet; most of the fish have been congregating here. There have also been a few schools of salmon travelling back and fourth down the shortcut channel towards Manns Beach but there is nowhere near as many salmon down here as what we normally see. Manns entrance has had really good numbers of salmon and they are down as far as Pelican Point. Trolling metal lures has been productive, but most of the salmon have been near the bottom, so casting metals is good as is casting heavy soft plastics.
Trolling bibbed minnows and casting vibes has also been very productive. In Port Albert, the salmon have been located in two main locations, with good sport right at the entrance. Here the salmon have been schooled up very well and trolling metal slices has been very productive. When you find the fish, drift over them and cast metal lures or heavy weighted soft plastic and vibes and you will clean up.
There have been some excellent sized fish caught here, ranging between 40-50cm regularly. The salmon are also further down the Snake Channel on the ocean side of the channel in good numbers and are the same sizes there as well.
Everyone has been asking where the big salmon are and the question hasn’t been where, it’s when. I have only heard of the really big salmon being around for an hour of the tide on a hand full of days, but all the big salmon have been caught in McLoughlins entrance. Land-based anglers are doing better on the big salmon than the boaties. Many anglers are now walking to the entrance and casting off the banks with metal lures and soft plastics for big salmon and a few 3kg specimens have been landed.
Just too wet the whistle even more, some of the saltwater fly anglers have been coming here and landing 2kg plus salmon off the bank on fly. This is land-based saltwater fly fishing at its best; I’m definitely going to have a crack at this over the next few weeks.
There have been absolute ripper gummy sharks caught offshore in the past few weeks. Most of the fish have been in 18-35m offshore from Manns Beach and Port Albert. There have been some cracking big gummies weighing up to and over 25kg in recent weeks and these fish will be around all winter. Most of these big gummies have been caught around the change of tides in the morning or evening using fresh baits. There have been a few large seven-gill sharks caught in the same areas and further out near the islands as well.
For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544. You will get expert advice and great deals on fishing bait and tackle. Tune into Rex Hunt and Lee Rayner’s “Off the Hook” on 1242 to hear Will’s report on what’s going on in Gippsland!Reads: 1601