Elephants and tailor here, salmon coming
  |  First Published: May 2014

The weather is changing and we have hit that autumn climate with mild days and patchy rain, but the water is still warm, so there are plenty of different species to target on the Ninety Mile Beach.

There have been a couple of species that have turned up recently and are accounting for a high proportion of the catch rates, they are elephant sharks and tailor.

The elephant sharks are getting caught mainly during the evening and anytime after 7.30pm is good. They are being caught on mainly on squid and occasionally on fresh fish fillets.

The other fish that is plentiful at the moment is the tailor. They have been caught in huge numbers during the day, and in even greater numbers after dark, especially during the last part of the run-in and start of the run-out tide. The tailor are eating a lot of the different baits, including blue bait and squid, but surf poppers are very effective.

If you want to catch a big gummy, put a fillet of tailor on as bait, you can’t beat it. However, it’s so annoying when another tailor comes along and smashes the tailor fillet meant for a gummy. The gummy sharks are still going well with 1m gummies being commonplace when fishing an evening with fresh fillet baits and squid.

The western end around Golden Beach and Loch Sport seem to be the places to catch the gummies at the moment. On the eastern end around Woodside and McLoughlins, the elephants and tailor are the main thing around with the odd massive salmon as well.

Talking about salmon, this is what anglers need to gear up for now. Over the next month we should have the big autumn run of black back salmon turn up to the Ninety Mile Beach and these things can be huge. Two years ago we had multiple double figure salmon caught around Woodside and Golden Beach with plenty around the 6lb mark. Last year we had plenty of 4-6lb models around in late April and May. This year we have only had a splattering of salmon caught on the beaches so far, but the ones that have been caught have been all around 4-6lb, so we could be in for a ripper season.

The best way to target these big salmon are with 20-60g metal lures and a 9-10’ graphite rod with a small spinning reel. Walk the beaches casting lures is one of the best sports you can do and these big salmon are one of the hardest fighting species to encounter in southern Australia.

• For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on (03) 5174 8544. 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!

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