Over the last month our beaches have been very quiet with only the odd salmon being taken.
However, don’t get disappointed, as the beaches are just about to start firing up with the start of the summer species returning. At least, the whales that have been spending sometime frolicking off the beaches of late!
The salmon that have been taken have been up to 2.5kg, with the odd lucky angler having good sessions with the odd catch of fish up to 10 fish all about the 2kg size, which would be good fishing! The best baits have been bluebait, pilchards, whitebait and pipis for the bait anglers and metal lures like Raider, Lazer and Gillies lures in the 25-40gm sizes in blue and green being the best. Darren Baumgarten recently had a good session with fellow contributor Will Thompson when they caught salmon up to 2.5kg on metal lures and baits.
Looking forward to the upcoming season, the first week of September will be the best time to start fishing the beaches, as there is a full moon around that time. This will give you a good chance of catching an early gummy or even a seven-gill shark, with both species starting to make an appearance around this time of year. However, there will still be the dreaded draughtboard sharks around that will be a pest for another month or so. But by the new moon later in the month the gummies and other species will be starting to out number the draughtboards.
Salmon are around pretty much 12 months of the year, even if they are in fewer numbers during the warmer months, and they are can still turn up at any time in good numbers, especially when you least expect it. Flathead will start to make an appearance, with the smaller ‘rats’ showing up in the next few weeks, followed by the bigger fish that will peak around Christmas, when some fish are landed up to 4 or even 5kg.
The better numbers and bigger flathead tend to come from McGaurans Beach through to McLoughlins Beach, however flathead are taken from all along the Ninety Mile Beach.
During September there can be an early run of elephant fish that make a quick appearance on the beaches throughout the month. The numbers aren’t always that large and they don’t always turn up at the same time each year, which makes it hard to target them, but they tend to turn up as by-catch when fishing for other species.
The new and full moon period in October should produce the first run of snapper from the beaches, with Loch Sport through to Jack Smiths beach all producing fish. Delray and McGaurans Beach are generally the better beaches for the bigger fish, especially when there is a deep gutter formed along the beach.
As the water warms we will see other species turn up from time to time, with tailor, hammerhead and bronze whaler sharks all a possibility when targeting other species. In past years there has been some odd species turn up with species like yellowtail kingfish and cobia, which are both far from regulars on the beach.
So as some footy teams have finished for the season and the weather is improving, it gives you more chance to get out there and give the beaches a go, it would be well worthwhile.Reads: 901