The Aussie salmon are starting to make their presence felt along most of the beaches at the moment, along with good numbers of them in both bays. While numbers aren't huge just yet, the size of some of the fish has been impressive - with fish to around 4kg confirmed. Customer Ben fished down at Gunnamatta recently to land a cracker of around 2kg from one of the close in gutters. Fish to 2kg are generally a bit more common early in the salmon season, so if you're after a bigger fish now is your time! Once the winter really kicks in larger numbers of fish in the 400g - 1kg size range will be more commonplace. Baitfishing and spinning has gotten results on the fish, with bluebait still a favourite. 

 

James from Unreel Fishing Charters has also found some solid salmon recently while fishing the southern end of the bay. James has found good schools working dense baitballs, with a lot of the fish in the school up around 2kg, and a handful of bigger fish to just under 4kg. These are good sized fish in anyone's book, and they really test the limits on the light gear. Small Yamashita Golden Bait skirts have been good, along with Pakula Micro Uzi's when trolled along the edge of the schools. Soft plastics, metal jigs and flies all thrown into the path of feeding fish will also get a look in. 

 

The local beaches continue to produce some nice salmon for anglers braving the cold mornings. Early morning high tides have been the best bite window, however the fish can be caught all day long if a few preparation steps are involved. To make the most of the fish that move and and down the beach, a good berley mix is needed. If you are fishing close to a good gutter or hole with some quality berley you should be able to catch a few salmon. The key to the berley is to hold those fish in your area for longer. A good mix of pilchards, bran based pellets and some pilchard oil is a good way to start for targeting the salmon on the beach. 

Staff member Chris recently ran a surf fishing trip with some customers down at Venus Bay where everyone experienced some surf action. Customer Shane caught a few fish up to 1kg on bluebait and surf poppers in the blue colour. Keen young angler Luke also got into some salmon and a few mullet in close around the shore wash. The mullet really liked small pieces of filleted bluebait and also pippi.

A bit closer to home, on the peninsula beaches Customer John has been catching fish to around 1.5kg. Early morning sessions staking out the gutters at Gunnamatta have produced some quality fish with lures and bait both doing the trick. Late afternoon sessions flicking small metal slugs and plastics rigged on 1/2oz jig heads can also be a good way to hook up to a few bigger fish down here. Customer Stan recently hit the beaches up and kept a few nice fish for fresh snapper and gummy baits. Blue and red surf poppers tipped with squid and pippi were the most effective.

 

Reports of salmon from the beaches, piers and rocks around the area are still good at the moment. Most of the salmon are averaging around 1kg, with a few either side. Gunnamatta and Rye ocean beach have been good, along with Woolamai, Cleeland Bight, Kilcunda and Williamson's. Further along Venus Bay and Sandy Point have got a decent run of fish as well.

Staff member Chris took some customers down to Venus Bay over the weekend for the surf bus trip where they were met with good conditions. Most of the anglers were fairly new to surf fishing so they appreciated learning the finer art of reading the beach, quickly tying up rigs and the importance of berley and fishing in the right area. The trip saw salmon, mullet and flatties caught from the beach by most of the anglers.

Customer Tim gave us a report from down at Kilcunda earlier in the week, where he said there were plenty of salmon around 700g hanging around in close. Tim was having a ball catching a heap on 25g Searocks in pink and bluebait colours. 

Customer Rui reports that the salmon are thick enough from most of the piers at the moment as well. Rui was recently fishing for squid when he caught 2 salmon in 2 casts on his jigs. 

 

The colder months of the year are the best time for anglers to hunt down some aussie salmon. Salmon prefer the cooler water and during the winter months there is normally no shortage of baitfish such as whitebait and pilchards, along with smaller garfish. Salmon can normally be caught year round, but the more consistent fishing for them is roughly between May and October. 

As for the areas to fish pretty much any section of beach from one side of the state to the other will hold salmon, but some good locations closer to home are Gunnamatta, Woolamai, Kilcunda, Williamson's and further down towards Venus Bay and Sandy Point. 

Customer Erol reports that there have been some nice fish down at Gunnamatta, with some of the bigger fish measuring around 55cm. Erol has found that bluebait and salted pilchards have been doing the job when halved and fished on 2/0 octopus hooks. Erol has preferred the top of the tide especially later in the afternoon. 

There have also been a few fish caught down at Gunnamatta for the lure anglers as well, customer David took his light spin rod down last weekend where he caught 5 fish all around a kilo just after sunrise. He said it was cold but worth it, after catching a few nice fish in just half an hour. David said that metal slugs in 25g with single hooks were the most effective. 

Customer Robert fished Venus Bay beach number 1 last week and said that there were plenty of fish about. Robert's biggest fish came in at around 1.8kg, with most of the others around the 700g mark. Pipi and salted pillies were the best for him. 

As a 'start off' outfit for someone looking at surf fishing or even for using off the piers, we're putting a super special together on these Shakespeare 1202 Vigilante outfits which are going out at just $45! That includes rod, reel and line ready to go and hit the beach!

Another great option for the keen surf angler is this Aerowave/AG6000 outfit - at just $99! That gets you a 12ft Shimano Aerowave medium/heavy glass WB rod and the Daiwa AG6000 graphite surf reel. The reel also has an aluminium spool so if you wanted to spool it up with some braid you could do so. 

If you were just looking for a surf rod by itself instead of a combo, we're running a special on Shimano Aerplus 1202 rods. These are a lightweight 2 piece glass rod that are perfect for salmon fishing. Grab one for just $30 while stocks last!

 

For the anglers out there who like catching salmon - there have still been a few kicking around even though the water is warm. Most of the usual beaches have produced a few here and there, with Gunnamatta being one of the better beaches for local anglers at present. Fish to 2kg are cruising the beach, with low light periods giving the most productive bite. Further afield there have been better numbers of fish along the beaches from about Golden Beach East.

Customers Vicki, Peter and Quinn fished from Pearl Point beach down near Bemm River in Eastern Gippsland last week where they got into some nice salmon in the surf. Most of the salmon were around the 2kg mark with a few that gave 3kg a nudge - which are chunky salmon in anyone's language. The best method was to fish a paternoster rig with a green surf popper on the bottom dropper, and a bait of squid or pilchard on the other.

Speaking of pilchards, our quality 2kg WA pilchard blocks are just $10 at the minute! Stock up on them, whether they're for berley or bait - just about every fish loves them!

 

 

Some nice salmon are still moving along the beaches down along the Great Ocean Road, with Bell's beach and Wild Dog the picks lately. Salmon to 2kg are being caught on bluebait and whitebait, with the odd fish taken on stickbaits and metal slugs.

Customer Perry recently purchased a new lure to try out on his local salmon down near Aireys Inlet after some advice from the guys in the shop. It didn't take him long to connect to a few chunky fish at his local beach, including this 53cm fish which pulled a fair bit of 4lb line from his poor reel!

 

Many of the beaches in Eastern Gippsland are still producing large salmon for both bait and lure anglers. Pretty much all of the beaches will have fish cruising along them, but good reports are coming from Pearl Point at Bemm River.

This beach is popular with anglers due to the quality of salmon that are frequently caught during the day, along with the odd gummy shark taken at night as well.

Customers Mick and Will fished the beach here and also in the lake at Bemm River itself to land loads of salmon up to 50cm. Most of the fish were between 30 - 45cm and took a liking to halved bluebait and baby bottle squid, along with metal lures in the 30g size. Assist hooks fitted to the nose of the lure also helped to keep a few from jumping off.

 

More aussie salmon along the South Gippsland beaches for anglers to tussle in, with some crackers being caught along Woodside and Golden Beach.

While the wind hasn't helped the beach fishing and has blown loads of grass and weed in close, there have still been some solid fish roaming the gutters.

Customer Margaret fished with her partner along Woodside where salmon like these clunkers were landed. Surf poppers went off, with green the go-to colour. A couple of nice 50+cm flatties also took the same popper.

The late stage of the run in tide was the best time to have a bait in the water, as the salmon and flatties moved up into the close gutters.

 

The beaches West from Phillip Island have still been producing plenty of salmon, with most fish weighing around a kilo or so for many anglers. The beaches like Kilcunda, Venus Bay and Waratah Bay have all been good.

Customer Radu has been catching some good salmon from the shore around the area over the last week, the shoreline around Sandy Point and Wilson's Promontory has been best for him, with some of the larger models weighing over 2kg.

The more successful lures have been river2sea sea rocks and also squidgy flickbaits when the bite slows down.

 

The salmon have been good around the Southern end of the bay from Mt Martha through to Sorrento, with Blairgowrie pier being a good spot of late. Most of the salmon around at the minute are in the kilo size bracket but there have been a few over 2kg caught as well. Customer Alex caught salmon up to 1.2kg from Blairgowrie earlier in the week. He found that Berkley bass minnows fished on a 1/4oz jighead were dynamite.

The beaches have still been good for salmon as well, with Gunnamatta and St Andrews the pick, especially if you can time an early morning high tide.

Customer Daniel caught some nice salmon averaging around a kilo from Gunnamatta back beach during the week. He caught all of his fish on his newly purchased Shimano Revolution spin rod and Shimano Rarenium reel with 40g white metal slugs being the most effective. Daniel said the extra length in the rod helped in getting the lure out to where the schools were holding.