It has been a little bit of a slow start to the season but now that the water has warmed, our most sought-after summer species have all arrived and are around in great numbers.
The snapper have finally come on in a big way and the reefs out the front of McLoughlins and further east have all been producing plenty of snapper to 4kg and plenty of pinkies as well. Most anglers that are getting their bag of snapper are all fishing early on sunrise, which is when the snapper have been biting best. The most common depths have been 18 to 21m to chase the snapper of late, and pilchards and squid have been the best baits.
The gummy sharks have been really good so far as well, and while it hasn’t yet gone as crazy as last season, there are plenty of 4ft gummies around and the odd one over 5ft in length. The gummies are a little easier going and it doesn’t seem to matter what time of day as long as you fish around the tide changes.
There are also plenty of big flathead around offshore and anglers are catching some thumpers to 65cm in length while chasing gummies. Offshore from Port Albert, there have been plenty of gummies in whale Bay and Bentley Harbour and, again, 1-2 hours either side of the tides are the best times to fish.
Fresh salmon fillet has been accounting for most of the better-sized gummies. Out wide around the islands, there are plenty of pinkie snapper to 45cm getting caught on pilchards.
In McLoughlins entrance, the salmon are around in huge numbers and are pretty big as well with some anglers catching them to 3kg, and averaging 2kg. They are going very well on the run-in tide and are being caught on metal lures and soft plastics.
The bigger blue spot flathead are on the chew now and will only go better over the next month. Anglers fishing towards Manns Beach are doing the best and the flathead are averaging 45cm, with the odd cracker to 70cm. The 3-4” soft plastics are accounting for most of the fish.
The whiting have come on really strong at McLoughlins, however next month they will be thick as thieves! At the moment Port Albert is producing good numbers of whiting to 40cm and the basket beacon is accounting for most of the fish. There are also plenty of pinkies mixed in as well with the odd better snapper to 65cm being caught in the deeper waters.
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