Salmon Are Smokin’
  |  First Published: August 2005

All the local surf beaches are producing lots of good salmon. Baxter’s, Williamson’s, Kilcunda and Woolamai beaches are all firing. Most of the fish are between 500g and 1.5kg but a few whoppers over 3kg have been taken. So far it has been a good season, so let’s hope it continues.

The best baits have been whitebait, bluebait and squid, while surf poppers have also been working well. I recommend fishing the half tide running in to the top of the tide.

I fished Williamson’s Beach early in the week for three hours and managed eight salmon, two of which were in excess of 2kg. All were caught on whitebait, which was a lot of fun. As a table fish salmon are not rated very highly, however, if they are prepared correctly and cooked when fresh, they are excellent eating.

Next time you catch salmon, just follow these simple rules and you will be surprised at the results. First, bleed the fish as soon as it is caught and cut the fillets off. Then, skin the fish rather than scale it. Most importantly, make sure you cut all the red meat out of the fillets. Then you can cook it the way you like best; my favourite is making them into fish cakes.

Powlett and Tarwin Rivers

It’s difficult to fish the upper reaches of the Powlett River as the bridge is closed for repairs. Only a small section of the river is accessible and only the odd bream is being caught. There have been some estuary perch caught in the Tarwin River, but with two seals taking up residence in the river, the fish population is suffering and so is the fishing!

San Remo Area

The Newhaven and San Remo jetties are producing slow fishing. Cowes jetty is fishing a little better with mullet, silver bream and salmon being the main catches. Whitebait, bluebait and pipis are the way to go and the best time to fish is the last half of the run-in tide.

There are still some good whiting around below the bridge at San Remo and pipis and squid are the best way to catch them.

Outside the Entrance, reasonable size flathead as well as couta and squid are being caught while drifting. At the time of writing, there have been some good catches of whiting and squid on the Tortoise Head Bank. To bag a few of these whiting for yourself, try fishing the last two hours of the ebb tide using pipis and squid strips.

Flinders and Somers Area

The whiting are few and far between, with catches of two or three being the norm. There has been the occasional gummy shark as well as some good size snook about in the reefy areas. Trolling with lead lines or paravanes set deep and using small silver lures or soft plastics has worked well.

A few big squid are starting to show up at Stony Point, which means the big squid run could be early this year.

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