Preparing for the Big Salmon
  |  First Published: April 2005

As our normal autumn weather cycle approaches with cool crisp mornings, mild sunny days and light winds, it’s the best time of year for us fishos, whether it’s a beach, bay, estuary, river or offshore. So get out there and catch a few before the cold weather hits us.

Surf Beaches

The surf beaches are not producing a lot of fish, but with the cooler weather approaching, the big ‘Black Back’ Australian Salmon will be showing up in numbers. There’s no greater feeling than being ’king hit’ by a 3kg fish. It really gets the adrenalin going! There are salmon to 1kg at Williamson’s Beach, which is best fished at the top half of a rising tide. Whitebait and squid strips are the bait of choice. Kilcunda is quiet and at Baxter’s there are ‘Lumpy’ salmon and mullet with flathead being caught in the deeper gutters.

Powlett and Bass Rivers

There have been some good bream on the go between the Road Bridge and the Entrance, with fish up to 1.5kg being caught. Soft baits such as worms, prawns and shrimp are hard to keep on the hook because there are a lot of small pickers (15cm bream) keen to strip your bait as soon as it hits the bottom. At the moment, crab is the best bait. Small ones fished whole (10 cent piece size) or the bigger ones cut in half.

San Remo and Newhaven Jetties

There are a variety of fish being caught from both jetties including small salmon, mullet, tommy rough, pinkies, leatherjacket, trevally and squid. The best fishing time is slack water, high or low tides. Best baits are pippies, squid strips and pilchard fillets.

San Remo Bridge to the Entrance and Cape Woolami

At the moment there’s a bit of everything to be caught. Whiting, salmon, pinkies, couta, trevally, flathead and red mullet. It’s a bit like a lucky dip! You don’t know what you are going to pull up. Pippies and squid strips will catch you almost everything. Offshore there’s still a few makos and blues about but as the water temperature drops they will soon head north to warmer waters leaving couta, couta and more couta!

Flinders and Somers Area

The southern end of Westernport has been sporadic for thumper whiting. Good one day and nothing the next! fishing Some days the bite is so light that even if you had your rod in a holder, you wouldn’t see the bite. Other days, they hit so hard that they can pull your rod overboard, which is what I love about these fish. When they’re on they fight like there’s no tomorrow! If you want some quality fishing, you’ll have to be persistent, use fresh bait like pippies, mussels and squid strips, and be prepared to make lots of moves to find them.

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