Gummies galore after tough summer
  |  First Published: April 2015

We have had another month of tough conditions, with the weed being prevalent most of the time. A brief respite in the weedy conditions over in the recent weeks has lead to some very promising reports and the hope of dynamite next few months.

With wind and colder than average temperatures it’s been a difficult season and the problem has been the unpredictability of the weed and side wash. You just can’t tell when it’s going to be good, and unfortunately you just have to make the journey down there and find out because the weed can be there for one tide and gone the next.

Also, different areas of the beach have been very different from one another; this is why there are so many mixed reports. Some anglers are finding a little success at one beach whilst others aren’t. However, just when us beach anglers thought all was lost, March came and the weed disappeared and shortly after we had some of the best fishing reports we have heard this season.

The big thing was the gummy sharks. I wouldn’t believe it unless I saw it with my own eyes, but after such a dismal season we suddenly got reports of anglers catching 2, 3, 4 and you won’t believe it, up to 10 gummy sharks in a single session! I’m not talking undersize bay gummies that we get plagued with some nights, but legal size meter long gummies.

Prime beaches have been Jack Smiths Beach all the way through to Loch Sport. The gummy sharks have been going so well, there has been no need for fresh bait, simply frozen squid legs and blue bait has been good enough.

Blue and White surf poppers have been working well too. The snapper came on good again recently and some anglers were lucky enough to catch medium sized snapper during the late evenings down Golden Beach way. There are also a few big salmon to 1.5kg getting caught as well but they are in small numbers and when anglers are catching them they are generally only catching only one or two.

Over the next month the weather should steady with any luck, making those fishing conditions much better. April is a really good time to fish the beach because you can catch nearly anything including sharks, salmon, flathead and elephant fish. It’s usually the time of year that you catch a lot of fish. The big salmon will come on strong and it’s definitely the time to break out the surf spin gear and your box of metal lures to spin for big salmon.

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