We have had typical summer fishing where there is something for everyone.
A good range of species from flathead and garfish through to gummies and snapper have been on the menu.
Now that school is back, the pressure has eased off and the fish have had a little time to rest, so the fishing has been quite steady. Even the land-based anglers have been doing well, catching lots of silver trevally off the jetties and footbridge at McLoughlins Beach.
Pipis or little bits of squid have been working well, however the anglers using bluebait have been catching good numbers of flathead during the last two hours of the run-in tide.
Boat anglers have been landing plenty of flathead with soft plastics. Fishing anywhere around the channel edges has been productive and most of the flathead have been above 35cm. A couple of fish over 60cm have been caught as well.
The garfish are starting to make a comeback and they will continue to enter the estuary in good numbers until winter. They are pretty big at the moment, with plenty in the 40cm range. Most are being caught on pipis and little bits of whitebait or bluebait, and a little berley also helps.
The whiting have been patchy this month, which actually has been the case all season. Some anglers have been doing OK while others haven’t been catching any.
Like I said last month, the anglers who are putting in the time to get the bass yabbies are catching most of the whiting.
There have been plenty of sharks around this year; so much so that I’m surprised there are any fish left.
Quite a few anglers have been targeting bronze whalers and other toothy sharks and have been doing very well. There are stacks of gummy sharks out there as well and they are averaging 1m in length, so they’re great for the table.
It’s also great to hear that the mako restriction was overturned. I know plenty of anglers from our way are extremely happy with that decision considering mako sharks are one of Victoria’s most sought after gamefish.
For more information on what’s biting contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 03 5174 8544.Reads: 807