It’s gummy time
  |  First Published: October 2016

It’s been a long winter on the Ninety-Mile, but August and September changed. The sharks are in.

It happened around the full moon in August, when the first few gummy sharks were caught off the surf near Golden Beach. Since then, they’ve been caught fairly constantly with Golden, the Honeysuckles and McGaurans Beach all producing quality sized gummy sharks, up to 4ft in length. The evening tide changes have been best to chase gummies.

Schools of tailor have been turning up in good numbers, and are being caught on surf poppers and blue bait. Anglers chasing sharks are using the tailor as fresh cut baits. There’s been plenty of by-catches in the form of bearded cod and a few sevengill sharks as well.

Best baits for the gummies have been blue bait and salmon fillet. A couple have been caught on surf poppers as well. Next month, bigger sharks should move in with the warm currents. Anglers paddling out baits on land-based game gear will start catching a few bronze whalers and large toothy sharks.

Snapper will fire up and we should start to see the first reports coming from Woodside through to Golden Beach. Flathead fishing will also get better – we normally start seeing better numbers in October, as the waters start to warm up in close.

For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon, on 0351748544. You’ll get expert advice and super great deals on all fishing tackle.

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