The big flathead have moved into the shallower water and for excellent sport or for a feed, soft plastics are the way to go.
The run out tide has been fishing the best, and during this period the flathead will move out of the shallower waters on the sand and mud flats and sit on the edges waiting for prey to swim into the deeper water. I find a 3” plastic in natural colours such as pumpkinseed, bloodworm and olive is extremely successful.
It is trickier fishing a run in tide, as flathead will move onto the shallower flats, meaning there is a lot more water to fish to find the flathead. The flathead usually search through weed grasses looking for small juvenile fish.
On a recent trip, one flathead I kept to eat had a ball of pipe fish inside its stomach as well as some baby flounder and a couple of small fish I couldn’t identify. As these small fish are found in sea grasses, we know that the flathead must search through the weed when there is water of the weed beds, which is at high tide.
Drop the size of the plastic and jig head to imitate one of these tiny juvenile fish. The flathead have been averaging 40-48cm, and there are some real crackers measuring well over 60cm and weighing up to 4kg.
The whiting are starting to turn up in better numbers, with most anglers catching at least half a dozen whiting in a session. These fish have been averaging 40cm. Pipis and Bass yabbies have been the best baits with some anglers even catching them on bluebait. Lately they have also been taken in the middle of the deeper channels with the aid of berley as well as on the weed beds.
I’ll start with something different. There’s been quite a few kingfish caught recently. Matt Reid hooked what was very likely a kingfish in the McLoughlins Beach entrance about 15 minutes before the full high tide. Brian Walsh saw a kingfish landed outside the entrance measuring around 65cm in length. He said he wasn’t surprised, as the amount of yakkas that were offshore was unlike he has ever seen. So its not surprising that there would be some big pelagic species chasing them.
I’ve also already heard of about half a dozen kingfish caught to 65cm in Welshpool, so if they are in there, they are probably spread out throughout the whole system. This means we could have a kingy season like two years ago when they were everywhere around the jetties of south Gippsland.
The snapper offshore have dropped in size; however they are of far better eating quality. They are ranging from 40-60cm on average. You don’t have to be too far out, they are spread from inside the entrance all they way out to the reefs, so even the smaller boats have a chance of catching a snapper, and they are a real chance on soft plastics and jigs.
There are quite a few mako sharks offshore now. The anglers targeting them with live baits are doing well and there seems to be plenty around 4-5ft. Also surface berley and dead baits has been successful as well. Most of the makos have been down towards the east of McLoughlins.
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