Mouthing off
  |  First Published: June 2007

Last year’s run of Australian salmon was a non-event, but this year has certainly made up for it!

Large schools of fish can be sighted right around the coast and can be easily caught from the shore or boat. Casting metal lures from the beach is a sure-fire way of landing a few fish, while boat anglers are catching them on everything from soft plastics to metal lures. A few fly fishers are even getting amongst them with the long wand.

Dusk normally sees the schools venture closer to shore and this is the best time to target them from the beach or rocks around the Wild Dog River mouth.

Most fish are well over 1kg and test your gear to its limits. Make sure you check leaders and knots regularly as I often see fish lost to faulty gear. When the fish are lining up to eat your lure you don’t want to be wasting time re-tying rigs.

Bream have been schooling up around the river mouth in the Barham River, waiting for it to break open to sea. High tides where the waves wash over the sand bar into the river really stir the fish up and casting lures or baits into this area will attract some attention.

The best bait has been scrubworms fished without any weight attached to your line. Berkley soft plastic sandworms fished on a 1.5g jighead and slowly twitched along the sand flats are also effective.

If you are in need of some trout fishing after the season closes on June 11, the Aire and Ford rivers remain open all year round below the Great Ocean Road bridges. These rivers are classed as sea-run trout fisheries and both rivers have large populations of hungry trout. Casting small lures along the banks is a good way of covering large areas of water in search of feeding fish and will keep you occupied in between bites.

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