Well, with the depressing report I wrote last month about the pitiful salmon fishing this winter, they made a liar out of me and turned up in full force. Better late than never.
The best reports came from the spin anglers who walked the beaches casting metal slugs of around 25-60g.
Mcloughlins surf beach right out in front where you arrive from crossing the footbridge has been one of the best locations. Angers spinning that area during both tides have been catching good quantities of salmon of mixed sizes. The fish have been anything from small 25cm fish to bigger 50cm fish. Anglers spinning with 8-10ft spin rods with 10lb braid and small reels have been having an absolute ball on the salmon.
Further along the Ninety-Mile Beach, Seaspray has been producing some good sized salmon to 55cm by bait anglers. They tell me that blue bait and blue/white surf poppers have been the go and anglers fishing the mornings and evenings have been doing the best, especially the mornings.
The salmon are actually going well throughout the whole Ninety-Mile and I have heard equally good reports coming from Golden Beach and Loch Sport, so don’t be too stressed about which beach to pick, just pick one and if it’s no good after an hour or so, maybe drive to the next beach.
Alternatively, check the conditions and structure of the beach before you unpack your rods at all. It doesn’t take much to get over the dunes and search for any gutters or rips, or at least to see the depth of the beach and how rough it is or if there’s weed or not. If you spend a bit more time looking at the beach structure first, you will have more success in your actual fishing.
Now is the time to have a serious crack at the gummies. The gummies will be a certain in September and it’s always the best month to start going over of an evening. The seven-gill sharks will be more prolific this month and will hang around until December. It’s probably even worth paddling a line out for a shark at the end of this month as it’s just about time to start seeing the toothy critters pop up on the beaches.
• For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 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!
Bailey Reid caught this cracker of a salmon off the surf at Seaspray on a blue/white surf popper.Reads: 419