Changing weather means changing wind and water
  |  First Published: May 2017

It was a great summer of fishing and now we are on the other side of it. The water temperature is changing and so are the species.

At McLoughlins the entrance has become very unsafe over the past few months. It’s now going hard to the left making safe passage tough on rough days. If you’re going to go offshore, take great caution. For this reason a lot of anglers are opting to just fish inside.

The whiting are going good and are taking pipis and squid strips in around 3m of water. There are still stacks of big flathead inside and they should continue for the start of this month, unless we have a big temperature drop beforehand.


The whiting have slowed down a little bit for some reason, but there are still tonnes of juvenile snapper inside with a few hitting the 40cm mark. They can be caught on pipis, squid or fresh pieces of salmon, slimy mackerel or tailor.

Gummy sharks have been going really well with the Snake Channel producing plenty to around the metre mark. Fishing close to the tide change seems to be producing the most as well. There are some good gummies on the drift in Whale Bay and out the front of Manns Beach. With plenty of bait out there, like slimy mackerel and yakkas, it’s worth trying to get some fresh bait for the gummies.

Offshore has been fantastic fishing with plenty of pinky snapper to 45cm being caught on the reefs in 24-30m and in shallower near Rabbit Island.

There are still kingfish offshore around the islands being caught trolling small skirted lures and jigging knife jigs.

Hopefully they hang around for another month yet, which is probable due to the late season we are having.

• 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.

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