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A little bit of everything
  |  First Published: March 2014



With some cracking good weather and warm water, the fishing on the Ninety-Mile Beach has never been better for catching a wide range of species.

FLATHEAD

The flathead have been going great these past few months. Normally they slow down a bit as we enter autumn, however they have continued to remain consistent and abundant.

As usual the big blue spot flathead are all up the western end of the beach from Seaspray and Woodside through to McLoughlins Beach. There have been some real beauties measuring over 65cm in length and averaging 45cm.

White grubs, surf poppers, blue bait and whitebait have all been the best baits for the flatties.

GUMMY SHARKS

There are more gummies on our beaches than I have ever seen and it is truly the best gummy shark season ever; I’m worried that next year can’t possibly top this! They are so prevalent that anglers have come to expect to catch at least 2 gummy sharks on an evening. We have been very spoilt.

The gummy sharks have been averaging 1m with a few fish over, however most are just under 1m. There are stacks of baby school sharks pestering everyone as well but at least it’s a good sign for the future.

A few lucky anglers, like Clint Jones, have landed some massive gummy sharks this month up to 6’, as well as a few nice snapper along with them. The best baits have been squid legs and heads by far, however there have been a few nice salmon around and anglers have been lucky to catch one or two of a night giving them the perfect gummy baits.

I have heard of equally good reports all along the Ninety-Mile and the gummies have been biting pretty late, usually after 9pm.

SCHOOLS OF SALMON

The past few weeks have given us some really hot days, warming the water up considerably and bringing a lot of bait down our way. This has also brought in some very big salmon and I’ve seen some thumpers well over 3kg caught, especially around Seaspray. Some anglers have been catching them on blue bait and surf poppers but other anglers have been targeting these fish and spinning for them with metal lures in the mornings.

There have also been some very interesting anecdotal reports of anglers hooking up to very fast swimming fish on lures when flocks of birds have been diving in front of them. I wonder if any striped tuna or kingies are coming in close. It wouldn’t be too surprising considering anglers have been catching them offshore.

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