Big flathead on the beach
  |  First Published: December 2009

Flathead have been taken up to 4kg from the beaches between Loch Sport through to McLoughlins Beaches.

The bigger fish have been taken from McGuarans through to McLoughlins Beaches, with the majority of fish being around 750g-1.5kg. However, the further east you fish, the smaller and the fewer the numbers of fish available. The best baits have been bluebait, whitebait, squid, pilchards and almost any bait that is in the water as the swim past.

They are also taking blue and red surf poppers, saltwater flies and soft plastics when fished on a paternoster rig with bait. If it’s a calm day you could also fish a soft plastic around gutters on light gear for a bit of fun.

Large salmon

There has also been some large salmon taken when fishing for flathead, with some of these fish getting up to 3kg. While not in large numbers they are certainly making up for it in size. The same baits have been producing fish and it would also pay to cast a metal lure on light gear when fishing for other species, as a large salmon on light gear in the surf is a great challenge.

The odd tailor has also been taken from time to time, with no particular beach standing out as the most consistent, as they are showing up anywhere at any time. There has also been a report of a mulloway taken from the beach around McGuarans of about 4kg and was taken when fishing for flathead, so you never know what might turn up.

Gummy sharks

Gummies have been in large numbers with some very consistent catches of sharks around 1.2m, with numerous ones close to 1.8m. They have been taken at Lake Tyers, Eastern and Main beaches at Lakes Entrance through to McLoughlins Beach. The best baits for gummies along the length of the beaches are squid, pilchards, bluebait, fresh salmon, tailor, trevally and mullet.

There have been seven-gill sharks taken up to 45kg at Lake Tyers Beach and around Paradise Beach when targeting gummies. Also the odd large bronze whaler has been encountered in the Paradise Beach area.

You just never know what might bite next. The number of fish and the sizes of the fish have been certainly promising, so hopefully it will continue and provide a good opportunity to get the family into some good fish over the holiday period.

If you do get into some good fish, don’t forget to take some photos on the beach with the fish and send them into me and I will include them with my report.

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