Spotlight on shark captures
  |  First Published: February 2016

Summer is the time for sharks and with some good summer weather this year, plenty of anglers have been out chasing the big bronzies. However, the humble flathead is almost stealing the spotlight.

There has been plenty to do over at the Ninety-Mile. During the day, the big blue-spot flathead have been in close for a month now and we have seen some absolute monsters down at the western end of the beach with specimens up to and over 80cm being caught.

The end of the run-in tide and start of the run-out has been good and anglers using white grubs and surf poppers have been catching the most with blue bait and pilchards the next best option.

The flatties are going good at Reeves Beach, Woodside and Seaspray, however, the McLoughlins footbridge is now open so there are good opportunities there as well.

As for the big sharks, many anglers are paddling out baits for the big bronzies, and there have been some really big sharks taken from massive 100kg+ bronze whalers to chunky hammerhead sharks and lots of small whites.

A land-based game outfit has been a popular way of fishing, with whole bonito or large eel baits being the pick of the baits. The new drones for carrying out baits are now a bit of a craze as the technology gets better and can now carry 1kg of weight.

Back to casting, there are plenty of gummy sharks caught at night and most are just under 1m long. Squid and fresh salmon have been the best and Golden Beach through to Woodside have produced many quality gummies.

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