Strong easterly winds have frustrated surf anglers, as it has been creating difficult surf conditions like side wash.
However when the weather has been kind there has been plenty biting, with flatties, salmon, gummy, bronze whaler and hammerhead sharks being willing to take baits when the surf conditions have been favourable.
Flathead and salmon have been taken during the morning when using baits of bluebait, whitebait, pilchards and squid. These baits have all taken fish right along the length of the beach, with Lake Tyers and Eastern Beach at Lakes Entrance have been producing more salmon than flathead. The further west you go along the beach the more flathead appear in your catches, with the most productive beaches for both salmon and flathead are Woodside, Reeves and McLoughlin’s Beaches.
Tailor have been making an appearance when fishing around Lake Tyers and Eastern Beach. Metal lures are also productive along the beach for salmon and tailor especially as they are predators. Surf poppers have also produced fish when used with baits as mentioned earlier, with strips of any of these species also producing fish as fresh is always best.
Sharks have again been prolific with large numbers of gummies being taken up to around 15kg, with the majority being around 1m in length and some anglers catching numerous during a nights fishing session.
Again fresh baits have been best with salmon, flathead and tailor, and frozen baits like squid, pilchards and bluebait all landing gummies.
All beaches have produced gummies, with the best time being around the new and full moons. Justin Shankland had a good night recently when he landed six gummies to just on 1m.
Bronze whalers have been landed in unusually large numbers from the beaches around Golden Beach and Woodside with some of these sharks getting up to 2.7m. Numerous big sharks have smashed up baits without giving the angler any chance of landing these behemoths.
Bigger baits have been taken more often as the pickers can have a go and there is still some left for the bigger predator.
Small hammerheads and school sharks have been landed when targeting the other above species. These species are best returned as most are only up to 60cm in total length, which would make the school sharks under legal size.
In March it will pay to get down to the beaches, as the bigger salmon will start showing up with some of these fish reaching up to 4-5kg in the past. This makes for exciting fishing, especially when fishing with lighter spinning gear.
Snapper will also start to make an appearance shortly with some good specimens being caught in the past years.
So don’t pack the surf gear up, keep using it, as you never know what else might come along and don’t forget to get some photos on the beach with your catch and send it to me and I will include it in my next report.Reads: 737