High Tailor it to McLoughlins
  |  First Published: August 2009

Not only should you high tail it to McLoughlin’s this month to catch some tailor, but perhaps because we might not have McLoughlin’s as a favourite fishing destination for much longer.

I apologise to start off an article with a political gripe, but recent events and decisions about the future of McLoughlin’s beach have saddened and disappointed me. Read my accompanied article for further info, and if you fish McLoughlin’s, I suggest read it as it will impact all us anglers! Anyway, let’s talk fishing!


Yes, it wasn’t just a clever title to an article, but McLoughlin’s beach has been overrun by that veracious tailor. I’ve had many anglers almost complaining about how many of these fish they are catching, especially by the anglers targeting salmon and trevally. They are taking nearly all soft plastics that are thrown at them. I when I say taking, I mean eating and destroying.

Many anglers are going though a whole packet of soft plastics in minutes. Obviously, if you want to save some money, use metal lures, such as Gillies baitfish or Lazers.


The salmon have been in and out of the estuary on a daily basis. I haven’t heard of any monsters this month; however there’s still quite a few of those resident sized 30cm fish. The entrance is fishing quite well for these fish, and even anglers doing the long walk to the entrance and fishing off the bank with metal lures are doing quite well.


The Trevally have been taking in good numbers once again this month, one angler I spoke to landed 14 trevally using whitebait and pipis on a paternoster rig in the entrance. There has been a few anglers chasing the trevally on the larger vibe or blade style lures. To fish in the strong current you need to use the larger vibes such as 50-60mm lengths which will give you around the 1/2oz weight. This should be enough weight to hop the lures across the bottom in the deep fast water.


There’s still great eating sized flathead to be caught offshore whilst drifting. The main problem has been the sheer numbers a draughtboard sharks. There seem to get your bait so quickly and get in plague proportion in certain locations. Next month thy will start to thin out a bit and reckon we will see some snapper photos by then as well.

Good Luck and don’t forget to send in your letters about the McLoughlin’s boat ramp issue!

For more information on fishing McLoughlin’s beach and for some great fishing hints and great deals on fishing gear, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544.

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