As the harsh reality of winter sets in over the next month, it’s the brave that will be rewarded with quality table fish from the surf. When weather permits and everything lines up, excellent catches can still be had right through out the winter.
Australian salmon have been making their way into Salt Creek’s gutters through early winter and will only improve as the seas get rougher and the weather gets colder. Average size fish for this time of year are typically in the 1-2kg range.
Larger hard fighting salmon up to 4kg shouldn’t be far away now. Once salmon reach this size they are a highly underrated sports fish. Their spectacular leaps as they attempt to throw hooks are enough to get any angler’s blood pumping!
Offshore fishing continues to fire with plenty of tuna still being boated. While it seems the larger ‘barrels’ have now shifted east beyond the border, quality fish up to 20kg (although the average fish are slightly smaller) can still be found quite easily. These fish have been wide spread and found schooling anywhere from 40m deep to right out beyond the shelf where still the albacore are being landed.
Fish have been falling to a mixture of small 6” jet-headed skirts and of course the ever-reliable deep diving hardbodies, such as the Halco Laser Pro, especially in the pilchard pattern.
On a slightly smaller but tastier note, garfish have been in good numbers for early winter, hopefully a sign of good things to come. All the usual protected waters between Hut Bay and Livingstons are all worthy of a look when conditions allow. Finding clean water is always my first rule when finding garfish; along with a good area of weedy bottom. It shouldn’t take too long to find them with a hint of berley.
Inside the breakwater still turns up the odd small bag of King George whiting. Trevally, tommies, garfish and mullet can all be found in the same area if the whiting won’t co-operate. This is a good spot when the weather turns for the worst as it is quite protected nestled away behind the breakwater.
Further up the coast, between Canunda and Beachport, the beaches have certainly lived up to their reputation for salmon. Daytime high tides have seen salmon to 2kg consistently roam the beaches with the Beachport salmon hole being the pick early on in the season, when the weather allows.
Canunda has also been amongst the action and anglers choosing to stay and bait fish into the night have been rewarded with mulloway up to 20lb.
Small to just-legal sized mulloway have been spread through out the river in fair numbers. Most anglers targeting them haven’t had too much trouble finding schools of small fish with legal size fish very rare. Fishing pilchards as light as possible has been bringing the best results.
It was this time last year we saw an amazing run of quality sized mulloway. Fingers-crossed this should happen again (if it hasn’t already).
Up around Sandy waterhole has continued to fish well for bream, estuary perch and undersized mulloway. Night anglers have been doing considerably well fishing baits in this area. If you can brave the cold nights now is the time to start looking for those trophy mulloway.Reads: 514