Sharks hit the beaches at night
  |  First Published: April 2016

We’ve had another great month of surf fishing and with the weather staying hot and dry and high water temperatures, the Ninety-Mile should continue to fish well for a while to come.

As is usual at this time of year, we have had pretty much every species available to catch from the surf. Gummy sharks have continued to go well with the night and early mornings providing the best results. Golden Beach through to Jack Smiths has been pretty reliable. There have been some good salmon caught, which most anglers then use to target gummies.

The elephant fish made their first appearance a few weeks ago and anglers can expect to catch these fish all the way to the end of May. Squid has been the best bait for elephant fish and all have been caught after dark. We have done well on the flathead and there were a few weeks a while back when anglers caught solid numbers of 45cm flathead during the day using blue bait, surf poppers and white grubs. There are a lot of little cat sharks and baby school sharks around annoying everyone but they are all part of surf fishing during summer.

There have been some ripper bronzies caught casting, especially around McGaurans, Seaspray and Jack Smiths beaches, and some of the big toothies are getting caught close to or after midnight. The landbased game anglers have still caught some quality bronze whaler sharks by paddling baits out – whole bonito, salmon, trevally and eel have been good baits to use.

Over the next month, expect the elephant fish to arrive in bigger numbers and flathead to lower in numbers, we will also get the first of the next run of big salmon arriving as well. The gummy sharks should stick around for at least another month in pretty good numbers, especially if the weather continues the way it has.

• 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!

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