Gummy Sharks sizzle the surf
  |  First Published: November 2009

With daylight savings making the daylight last longer more anglers are hitting the beach and scoring great results on some impressive gummy sharks.

Any of the beaches are producing fish but the best at present is Lake Tyers Beach, right in front of the Waterwheel Tavern.

Gummies up to 6ft have been caught almost every night, with the average size being around the 4ft mark.

Baits of squid legs and eel have been dynamite, but plenty are also been taken on pilchard, bluebait and salmon fillets.

Some anglers have been catching and releasing anywhere up to 10 gummies a night, which is great to see!

Frank Milito has been out almost every night and having best success on dusk using squid legs for bait.

There have also been a few big schools sharks and seven-gill sharks up to 8ft, so if you’re keen for a challenge head down to the beach and have a go.

There have been plenty of salmon also cruising the washes and have been responding best to metal spinners and blue surf poppers. They have averaged around 500g-1kg. These fish are perfect eating size and even better if you want slab baits for a night session on the sharks.

Offshore anglers have also been getting stuck into the flake bonanza and it’s not uncommon to see several anglers at a time cleaning their catch at the boat ramps.

Anchoring in around 15m of water and berleying with mashed pilchards and fishing whole pillies on the bottom is a great way to target them.

Some good flathead have also been on the chew and some nice pinky snapper are starting to show up on the reefs.

The lakes have been fairly quiet but some big luderick are starting to show up along Kalimna rock wall and around the entrance.

Quite a few big black drummer have been taken on green weed and mussel fished under a float. Some good salmon have also been entering the system on the flood tides and are easy to find, just look for the birds working.


Some decent whiting have started to show up. If you can collect some shrimp you are in with a good chance of putting some whiting in the boat.

Focus on the weed beds and drop-offs around Barrier Landing and fish as light as possible

Berleying with tuna oil and chook pellets is a great way to fire them up and may also attract big sea garfish, which are always a welcome addition to the bag.

Lake Tyers

Lake Tyers is beginning to heat up and fish really well. Bait anglers have done well fishing unweighted sandworm in the snags and are catching some thumping luderick and bream.

One luderick was weighed in mid October at 2.58kg! This fish was caught on weed but sandworm is claiming most of the fish. Try the snags towards Camerons Arm, Devils Hole and around Nowa Nowa. Be prepared to get busted off though, as once hooked the luderick crash dive back into the snags.

Lure anglers have done well throwing hardbodied lures into the submerged timber and rocks, scoring some ripper bream up to 43cm.

Hardbodies like the ever reliable sx40s and Jackal Chubbys have been favourites, and plastics like Gulp Sandworms and 2” shrimp have been gun lures.

There have been plenty of flathead in the shallows and is looking like it is going to be a great summer in this system

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