Surfing for Winter Salmon
  |  First Published: June 2006

Well, it’s that time of year again to put away the whiting and snapper gear and bring out the surf fishing tackle, along with bream and lake trout hardware.

That’s why I like fishing so much because it’s such a diverse sport – different seasons and different fish species to pursue.

Surf Beaches

All of the local surf beaches have been fishing reasonably well. Baxters, Williamsons, Kilcunda and Woolamai beaches have all been producing salmon to 1.5kg.

There have even been some pinkie snapper taken off Williamsons Beach along with the odd gummy to 12kg.

Powlett and Tarwin Rivers

The Powlett River is not fishable currently because the mouth is blocked. Once it clears itself though, the bream fishing should start to pick up.

The Tarwin River is also quiet because of heavy rain in its catchment. Once the dirty water clears the perch and the mullet will reappear. Below the road bridge will be the best place to fish.

San Remo

At San Remo, above and below the bridge, the whiting have gone quiet with just the odd one or two about.

In the Dickies Bay area there have been some good garfish still about and just inside the entrance there have been some good schools of salmon around the 1.5kg mark.

The San Remo and Newhaven jetties have been fishing slow to say the least, with just a few silvers and small salmon about.


The Cowes Jetty has seen some gars about along with silvers, salmon and mullet. The run-in tide has been the best time to fish.

The deep water off Cowes has continued to produce some excellent gummies to 20kg.

A bit further south in the Cat Bay area there have been some large schools of salmon around 2.5kg. They can really give you a run for your money.

There has also been the odd big whiting coming in from the same area.


Flinders and Shoreham are still yielding a few good whiting but you have to work hard to catch 5 or 6. There’s also a few pinkies mixed in amongst them.

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