February is really the month where we catch everything possible in south Gippsland.
We have been blessed with some fairly fishable weather, which is great as you can never quite tell what the wind will do in summer.
McLoughlins hasn’t disappointed, as numerous amounts of different species have been caught in good numbers. These include flathead, whiting, pinkies and even yellowtail kingfish. The kingfish have entered the McLoughlins Beach inlet on a daily occasion, especially at the end of the run-in tide.
Those that were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time had the pleasure of catching one of these prime sport fish. In the mornings, it wasn’t uncommon to see small patches of bust-ups, which were mostly assumed to be schools of salmon.
Now while they were salmon on occasions, there were kingfish mixed in amongst them, and if you happened to have a lure or soft plastic close at hand, the kingfish were there for the taking. A nice piece of fresh squid on a running sinker rig took fish as well.
Most of the kingies were just undersize to just oversize, around 57-65cm in length. Remember the size limit in Victoria for kingfish is 60cm and a bag limit of 5 per person per day applies.
The flathead have also been around in good numbers inside, with fish ranging 40-60cm in on average. A soft plastic fished on a run-off tide has been the most productive way of catching the flathead. 1/4oz jig heads have been ideal to reach the bottom in depths up to 3 meters with the faster moving tide.
Towards Manns Beach, the whiting have been caught in average numbers. It’s been hard going with only Bass yabbies working consistently; the pipis haven’t been working as well. So it might pay to take a bait pump and get some nippers before you start targeting the whiting. The whiting haven’t been huge; they are averaging 32cm with the odd 40cm mixed in.
Outside the entrance of McLoughlins has been fishing very well for gummy sharks, flathead and even thrasher sharks and makos.
Young gun, Jake Walsh has been showing us all how it’s done, with in a couple of trips he has managed to land a 20kg + gummy shark and plenty of 3-footers as well as a 5ft long thresher shark.
The makos haven’t been too far out either, mostly under 5km offshore and are being caught on barracouta fillets. These shouldn’t be too hard to get, as there are more ‘couta offshore than you can poke a stick at.Reads: 1033