Promising summer offshore
  |  First Published: December 2004

Some lovely spring days of late have been great for anglers heading offshore and all is looking good for a great summer of fishing.

As water temperatures have increased steadily and the usual first signs of our summer species have arrived, ’couta and salmon schools and good patches of krill have attracted blue sharks into the 60m line. Large flathead and healthy gummies to 20kg can be found on the sand and the reefs are all worth a try early morning for some of the best snapper fishing in recent years.

Fish to 6kg have been taken between Torquay and Collendina although persistence and hard work are required. Smaller fish to 1.5kg seem to be spread through all depths at this stage and, as always, fresh baits of squid, ’couta or salmon are ideal.

No sightings of mako sharks have been recorded at the time of writing, but should appear early December. There have been rumours about yellowtail kingfish sightings but we are yet to see any landed, or hooked for that matter, but maybe this is the year for their come back in this area.

Tip: Remember to try to avoid running through or fishing in other anglers’ berley trails. If you have to navigate across it, try to keep at least 1km away from the trail.

For the latest fishing information, contact Gone Fishing Charters, (03) 5258 3516 or 0418 510 794, or visit www.gonefishing.com.au

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