Surf Beach salmon and mullet
  |  First Published: December 2005

The surf fishing has picked up and all the surf beaches from Baxter’s to Woolamai are reporting good salmon up to 2kg.

There are some good-sized mullet on the go as well. To target mullet, fish the very edge of the gutters where the water runs off the sandbanks. You are usually fishing in a metre of water or less. Use a paternoster rig, two No.6 hooks above the sinker and cut pipi pieces for bait. I usually use a light 2m bream rod with 3 to 4 kg line, as you only have to cast 15 to 20m to be in the bite zone. Mullet are great fun to catch on light tackle and they put up a good fight. They are much maligned for their table quality – the ones caught in rivers and estuaries are not much chop. However, the ones caught on surf beaches are good eating, provided you clean out the black lining in their stomach cavity and cook them fresh.

Powlett and Tarwin Rivers

The Powlett has been fishing well with bream up to 1kg caught above the road bridge. The bream fishing should go off from now on.

The Tarwin is also fishing well with some good estuary perch. Once the water clears, fishing with lures and soft plastics should be productive.

San Remo

There’s a mixed smorgasbord of species on offer from the San Remo, Newhaven and Cowes jetties. Not a lot of big stuff, but enough to keep the hard core jetty fishermen interested. There’s also the odd snapper and gummy coming in off the Cowes Pier after dark.

San Remo Bridge to the Entrance

Below the bridge there are some lovely whiting over 40cm, with a few pinkies thrown in. Above the bridge, around Dickie’s Bay, is going well for whiting and large garfish.

The Coronet Bay area is also producing whiting in good numbers. Off Cape Woolamai there are makos, blues and a few threshers. Just pick a good day and start up a berley trail.


The big calamari are all but gone for another year. However, some thumper whiting are about with some 50cm plus lunkers mixed in with their younger cousins. Just move around a bit to find them.

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