Large downpours of rain in July wreaked havoc on the South Gippsland estuaries, sending large volumes of freshwater through the system are turning key locations like McLoughlins Beach and Port Albert pretty dirty.
The fresh dirty water leaving the entrances has also spread across the beaches making a line of dirty water in close on the surf beaches as well. This has made fishing very tough and slowed up the inside fishing quite a bit, and rendered offshore fishing the best bet to get a fewer fish.
It got very dirty inside over the past month due to all the rain, and the boat ramp looked terrible with the water so dirty, you couldn’t see your motor propeller in the water! All the freshwater was going through the entrances making most of the tides unfishable, except for the last part of the run-in tide and the start of the run-out where there was enough salty water to find some clean patches.
This made fishing tough, but some anglers managed a bit of success down in the Manns Beach entrance, where schools of salmon were following the dirty water back in and leaving the entrance as the dirty water flowed back out. There wasn’t any thumper sized salmon caught, but there were plenty of salmon to 35cm and as high as 40cm caught on metal lures, heavy soft plastics and large hardbodies.
Inside Port Albert has been hit and miss due to dirty water as well, but the offshore guys have been having a ball landing plenty of flathead on the drift around Rabbit Island, and also further out wide on the 27 and 35m lines. The bigger flatties seem to be further out on the 35m line and all you need to do is drift.
There’s been some quality gummy sharks caught on the drift as well by flatty anglers.
There are stacks of barracouta around as well, and next month you can expect to find pinkies feeding on the reefs in-between the islands off Port Albert.
Inside the whiting should fire up in a big way and we will see the first reports of snapper inside the whole corner system as well, so get ready!
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