March brought on some great fishing, and April is set to do the same with excellent water temperatures and good conditions, especially if offshore fishing is your thing.
Anglers who fish outside of McLoughlins Beach have caught plenty of large gummy sharks, a 6ft gummy has not been uncommon and 15kg+ has been the norm. There have been some truly massive gummy sharks weighing up to 30kg caught mostly by anglers who anchor with berley or drift with berley out. The main depths that have produced gummies are around 21-30m.
Pilchards and squid have been great bait but with the amount of large slimy mackerel around as well as salmon and tailor, you would be silly not to try and catch a couple of those for bait. Gummies have been spread all around offshore – some anglers are going east towards the old Omega Tower area, others are just fishing straight out in front or west towards Manns Beach.
Snapper have been caught in numerous places from out front of Manns Beach and east of McLoughlins. There have been some real beauties caught, up to 18lb on the old scale as well as plenty of eater-sized pinkies up to 50cm. Pilchards and squid have been the best baits.
Inside McLoughlins has produced good amounts of blue-spot flathead on soft plastics and vibes and 65cm sized specimens have been present in decent numbers. These big girls should hang around for another month yet, especially with the high water temperatures we are experiencing.
Whiting, whiting and more whiting... again! The whiting are still in ridiculously huge amounts as they have been for the past year now. Some real monsters as well up to around 50cm, however, most measure in between 35-40cm. Pipis and squid have been the best baits and there hasn’t been any real pattern as to which tide is the best – they are getting caught on all tides and any time of day, you just need to find them. Inside around the Blue Hole has produced plenty of gummy sharks to around 1m in length on either side of the tide change.
Offshore, Port Albert has been amazing, there are massive gummy sharks to 30kg similar to McLoughlins, again that 20-30m mark is magic. On the drift has achieved results unless you have a mark, anchor and berley. The kingies are going pretty good around the Promontory now and around the islands. There are lots of rat kings that are undersized or just over, as well as the odd 75cm model. Knife jigs have worked well, especially 150g and 200g zest jigs, but micro-jigs have produced a few as well. Shane Wedrowicz had a good day off Wilsons Promontory landing a massive 117cm kingfish while casting a stickbait at some surface feeding fish.
Kingfish should stick around for a little while longer before we start seeing better numbers of tuna arriving in our part of the world.
Until then, stay safe if you’re heading offshore and make time to go out and experience some of the great fishing on offer at the monent.
• 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!Reads: 342