Winter Gummies
  |  First Published: June 2010

Despite winter being upon us, there is still myriad species to be caught. It’s just a matter of braving the cold and getting out on the water.

Even if you have a bad case of big fish-itus, don’t worry, because offshore from Port Albert there are still some very big gummy sharks being caught.

Most of the anglers whom are having all the luck are heading out towards Cliffy Island and are drifting around with fresh bait until they catch the gummies.

The gummies that have been caught have been mostly big females over 20kg in weight.

The water has been below 14C yet the gummies are still being caught, so if you put the time in over winter, you can still catch an excellent feed of gummy and have the chance of catching a really big one at the same time.

There is also the odd seven-gill shark around too, and they are mainly getting caught as a by-catch from the anglers chasing gummies and flathead.

A bit closer inshore around Whale Bay, anglers are picking really good bags of flathead, and some big ones at that. There are plenty of flathead over 50cm so you can get a really good feed this time of year drifting around. Paternoster rigs and snapper snatchers are working the best, just with pieces of pilchard as bait.

Inside the inlet, there are still flathead being caught as well, which I guess seems a bit unusual as the numbers normally heavily reduce over the colder months inside.

The soft plastics guys are doing the best, and the flathead seem to be in the shallower areas, so drifting around casting plastics on a heavier jig head in an effective way to go.

There are excellent amounts of big salmon spread all through the inlet. The best way to find them is to drift around whilst casting lures, then when you find a patch of fish, drop anchor and keep casting until the fish move on.

For more information on fishing Port Albert, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544. You will get expert advice and some excellent deals on all fishing tackle.

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