It’s a Salmon Storm
  |  First Published: May 2009

The beaches are firing as the salmon schools have made there way into the gutters along the many beaches of the Ninety Mile Beach.

The most enjoyable and productive method is to use metal lures of between 25-40g, like Raider, Lazer and Gillies lures on a light rod of about 2.4m in length combined with a 2500 size reel spooled with 8lb braid. This method has been producing good numbers of fish with fellow contributor Will Thompson and me having a busy session at Flamingo Beach where we caught and released approx 40 salmon and tailor up to 1kg in around one hour. So far, I have not heard of any extremely large fish in the 2.5-3kg range just yet, but you never know when these large fish will swim past. Baits like bluebait, whitebait, pilchards and pipis, as well as blue and red surf poppers have all produced there fair share of fish. Saltwater flies and white double tail twister tails have also been successful when used on a paternoster rig.

Tailor have been taken when fishing for salmon from all the beaches as they are swimming with the salmon schools. Trevally and the odd mullet have also been taken when bait fishing for salmon, using the same bait fishing methods.

There have been some very large gummy sharks being taken recently from Delray Beach through to Woodside, with some of these reaching close to 30kg and 2m in length. Justin Shankland had one of his best nights on the beach in April when he caught his personal best gummy, with a shark of approx 20kg and around 1.6m in length. The best baits are fresh fillets of salmon, tailor, trevally and mullet, which can all be caught from the beach you are going to fish and is the whole reason the fish are there in the first place. They will be around for another month or so.

Seven-gill sharks are being taken when people have been targeting gummies, with the same fresh baits doing the trick on these sharks. Some of the seven-gill sharks have been up to 2.4m in length and around 50kg in weight. These sharks can be great sport from the beaches with Loch Sport through to Seaspray the pick of the beaches to target them. The plus side is the by-catch of large gummies.

So if you have a day to spare and the weather is kind get out there and have a go, especially with a spin rod and some metal lures because you never know when that big salmon is going to hit like a steam train. On light gear you will have an absolute ball!

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