Winter has finally hit us. With the sudden cold snap and some very windy days, our south Gippsland estuaries have not been very nice places to fish. The sudden cold snap has caused a sharp drop in water temperatures, leaving us with fewer species to tackle. Even though most of our warm water species have departed, the cold water fish, such as the humble salmon, are around in big numbers.
It seems the whole stretch of water from McLoughlins right around to Robertson’s Beach is packed with salmon. From the reports coming in to the shop, the salmon don’t seem to be big. Most are between 30cm and 35cm. On the upside though, these fish are being taken in massive numbers. It’s not uncommon to catch one per cast all day. Lures have been the thing to use – 20 and 40 gram Raiders and 30 gram Lazers have all worked a treat.
Most guys are starting off trolling from McLoughlins entrance towards Mann’s Beach, and then just drift and cast once the fish are found. Diving lures will also work well. Maybe if some anglers try some bigger hard bodies down deep, the big fish will show themselves.
Hopefully, by the time this article goes to print, the water will be colder and some bigger salmon will be more accessible. The bigger salmon are around on our beaches. There have been plenty of reports of salmon to 3kg being caught. These fish just need to move inside, and then be found by anglers.
I guess the biggest thing to talk about is the gummy shark fishing at moment. I have to admit: it’s been a while since I’ve heard such consistent reports of gummies being taken this late in the year. The reports are coming in from both the offshore guys and the guys fishing inside the entrance at night. Neville Lowe caught two great gummies in early June just outside the Mann’s entrance during the day. One of the gummies almost pushed 15kg.
The freshest of baits seem to be the go for the gummies. Trevally and salmon fillet are very popular baits but pilchards and squid have also been effective. I really hope the gummies last all winter but it’s unlikely. I caught a gummy in late July last year in that area so anything is possible!
Good luck out on the water. Rug up and keep fishing over winter because there are some great fish to be caught.
For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on (03) 5174 8544.Reads: 418