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Big snapper and salmon
  |  First Published: April 2010



May really is a month when everything is around. It’s amazing, both your summer species and winter species are all intermingled together, which makes for probably the most exciting fishing of the year.

INSIDE

Where do I start, well, the salmon have been huge, I’m talking 3-4kg and up to 65cm and even 70cm long. Aaron Marsh and I had an awesome day recently fishing the run-in tide when we managed to get amongst a school of salmon that were all 56cm.

We were using Berkley soft plastics fished on 1/4oz jig heads and every cast was a big salmon.

We also pulled tailor up to 1.2kg out of the same school and amazingly, pinkie snapper to 30cm in the same school. All those different species were swimming together, so you didn’t know what you were going to get on any cast.

One customer I spoke to hooked the biggest tailor he’s ever seen on a piece of bluebait fished on a running sinker. He said when it jumped it had to be around 80cm long, which means it would have weighed around 4kg!

There is so much whitebait around that the fish are just gorging themselves and it has attracted nearly every species imaginable inside our south Gippsland estuaries, including Port Albert and Port Welshpool.

The flathead are still around in large numbers; we managed to get more than 10 at the start of the run-in tide and they measured up to 51cm. I imagine there are still a lot bigger flathead than those around. There’s also plenty of good silver trevally ranging between 30-40cm and they are responding very well to soft plastics, whitebait and pipis.

OUTSIDE

McLoughlins Beach is the place to go and fish offshore. The snapper and gummy sharks have been the main target. If anyone has complained that summer was a bit slow, then go now, because the snapper are not only massive, but they’re out there in large numbers.

The biggest I saw this month was 25lb, and I saw countless 6-8kg fish caught outside the entrance.

Slimy mackerel fillets were perhaps working the best, however pilchards were working very well too. Whenever I do a late arvo fish over there it’s good to see what’s being caught from the guys coming back in from offshore. On my last trip, most anglers had a bag of gummies. The biggest I saw was 5.5ft long and must have been a good 18kg.

There’s also been schools of striped tuna of around 3-4kg busting up outside and some anglers have been having good sport casting small metal lures or trolling Rapalas and Halcos around.

Further east, there has been heaps of frigate mackerel of around 2-3kg as well.

I urge everyone to get out there while the fishing is red-hot.

For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 03 51748544.

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