The days are getting warmer and longer, and the footy is almost finished – it must be spring! The rains have eased, but the wind has picked up. The water is still a little bit patchy, with the dirty floodwater yet to completely mix in. Weed too, has caused problems at times. Nevertheless the fishing along Ninety-Mile Beach is starting to pick up, with salmon, tailor and gummy sharks being taken from various beaches.
Salmon are being taken using bluebait, whitebait, surf poppers and metal lures such as Raiders, Lazers and Gillies. All beaches from Lake Tyers to McLoughlins have been producing salmon ranging from 500g to 2kg. These fish have been taken on the rising tide, and first and last light. After the strong winds and rains, there have been numerous gutters formed along the beaches, which has provided the fish with excellent areas to feed.
Tailor have been taken when targeting salmon in the same waters, with the fish ranging up to 1kg. Trevally and mullet have been making the odd appearance, particularly in the wash close to shore. They have been taking pipi, small pieces of whitebait or squid.
Gummy sharks are becoming a more common catch, with sharks landed up to 1.5m and 8kg. They have been taking fresh baits of salmon, tailor, trevally, mullet and squid. The best times have been around the full moon, with gummies being caught during the day at this time. The new moon period has been producing gummies after dark.
There have also been seven-gilled sharks making an appearance, for anglers targeting gummies. The sharks have been up to 2m, and there is a fair chance that bigger specimens will be cruising the channels and gutters over the next month.
Draughtboard sharks are still being caught but as the water warms later in the month, they will start to reduce in numbers. They are a bit of a nuisance when fishing for gummy and seven-gilled sharks, as they tend to steal baits and fight like a wet sack. If you land one it is best to let them go as they are no good to eat.
So, with the warmer weather, longer days and the footy finishing, it is a good time to get out there and give the beach a go.Reads: 737