Game on for the gummies
  |  First Published: November 2013

We’ve had an incredible month on the surf, and according to all reports there’s no doubt it’s gummy time!

Spring is definitely the best time of the year to catch gummy sharks off the Ninety-Mile beach. Over the past month I have been sent a ridiculous amount of photos from surf fishers catching gummies and the odd seven-gill shark as well.

This has been quite a good effort as the weed this spring has been the worst I have ever seen.

We have been inundated with easterlies along the whole eastern Victorian coast and this has brought that slimy snotty weed in far sooner than we are used too. This is why the reports have been impressive, because even with this horrible spawn of Satan weed that we get that clogs your guides while you’re winding in, the gummies are still getting caught constantly. The gummies have been extremely healthy and weighing heavy for their length. Most have been around the 1m+ plus mark.

I have been having heaps of success with surf poppers lately and for the last few seasons it’s all I use. I run two poppers on one rod and one popper and a bait on the other rod. I love the squid legs as bait as it never comes off when you cast, and in weedy conditions, you can be confident that you have some bait working for you. When using the poppers, they only have small hooks so don’t put too much bait on them, just about 1” of squid or fish flesh or whatever your favourite bait is, and you will have a deadly combination to the gummies.

There hasn’t been any particular beach better than the rest; it’s all about the structure of a particular beach and the weed situation. A tip I have learnt over the past few years, is that the weed disappears with westerly winds and usually disappears from the western end first, i.e. McLoughlins Beach, Woodside, McGaurans. This isn’t always 100% but it is definitely worth using this rule when you know the weed has been around.

Over the next month, it will be time for all the land-based game fishers to hit the Ninety-Mile as those bronze whalers and big school sharks will be on the beaches like clockwork. Obviously you won’t need to paddle baits out but I guarantee the beaches will be packed with fishers, kayaks and rubber duckies and whatever else anglers want to use to get their baits out behind the breakers.

For anglers that like fishing the daytime period, head down to Woodside and McLoughlins Beach as this is big flathead heaven. They will start to come in close next month so get your blue bait, surf poppers and white grubs ready to catch some massive blue spot flathead.

For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544. You will get expert advice and some great deals on fishing bait and tackle. Don’t forget to tune in to Will’s Gippsland report on Rex Hunt and Lee Rayners’ Off the Hook on 1242.

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