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.

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.

Recently our Surf fishing trip went down to Venus Bay and fished beach number 1.  With 20 customers all eager to learn the ins and outs of beach fishing, and hopefully catch a few Salmon a well.  With some nice holes further along the beach, plenty of berley was set out, and the fishing began.  Good customer Richard managed a nice handful of fish, and most other customers found a few too.  Baits of Pilchard and Bottle Squid were the most successful, and a constant supply of berley was the key.  Just remember you're trying to keep the fish around you, not feed them, so the motto with berleying is; A little often, rather than a lot at once.