Sharks, snapper and salmon rule the surf
  |  First Published: February 2007

Strong east to southeasterly winds have made fishing the beaches difficult with weed, strong side wash and rough conditions common.

When the weather has been good there have been some excellent catches of various fish species from a range of locations. Good catches include gummies to 30kg, big bronze whalers, salmon to 3kg, snapper to 5kg, and flathead to 2kg.

Gummies have been found in the Seaspray to Loch Sport area. Most fish are between 7-12kg but there have been a surprising number of sharks to 30kg. The deeper gutters are producing these fish at night, particularly either side of the full and new moons. Large baits like squid heads, whole fillets of salmon, mullet, cured eel and trevally cutlets have been the best. The trusty old surf popper has taken its fair share of gummies with regular catches to 10kg. The best colours are red or blue.

Anglers using large salmon, trevally, eel or squid baits have been landing big bronze whalers around 100m off the beach. Heavy gamefishing gear and brute force are required to land these monsters, which regularly reach 100kg. Most of these sharks have come from the Golden Beach to Seaspray area.

Salmon have exceeded 3kg quite regularly lately with fish being taken anywhere from Lake Tyers Beach and Lake Bunga in the east through to Seaspray in the west. Bluebait, pipis, pilchards and red and blue surf poppers have produced the goods. If you’re fishing the gutter edges try using metal slices or soft plastic lures, when white foamy water is covering the drop-offs into channels.

McGaurans Beach has produced regular catches of snapper to 3kg with the odd fish to 5kg being taken from Loch Sport to Seaspray. Squid, pilchards, bluebait and whitebait are the preferred food of these snapper. The constant movement of sand by waves and tides can leave the closer reef systems fully or partially exposed, which in turn brings these popular fish within casting distance of beach anglers.

Flathead to 2kg have been rewarding anglers who brave the early mornings in Woodside and Golden Beach. They are taking whitebait, squid, bluebait and soft plastic lures. Black surf poppers have been attracting the attention of flathead in the Eastern Beach and Lake Tyers Beach area.

What could be a better way to cool off on a hot summer’s afternoon than by landing a couple of good fish for the table?

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