Over the last week many more Salmon reports have come through, with a majority of them by landbased anglers fishing the Eastern Seaboard of Port Phillip Bay. Customer Justin has been catching regularly from Mordialloc Pier. Whitebait or Bluebait under an LED float has been his favoured method, with the occasional fish taking a metal lure or soft plastic.
Michael came into the shop over the weekend and reported smaller numbers of Salmon but better size with his largest going 1.2kg, taking on a white/glow GIllies Baitfish lure. He also had gar rods rigged up and managed to catch 9 Garfish on maggots in between catching Salmon.
Customer Justin also gave us the heads up on a large school of Salmon moving between Seaford and Frankston piers. Justin said that the conditions were 'tough' with onshore winds and rain making for a wet but successful session. Justin got over 20 fish between the two piers, with the 70mm Squidgy flickbait in 'new' Pilchard pattern - without the dots. Most of Justin's fish were spitting up small whitebait which is why this soft plastic worked so well.
On the bayside Beaches, the Salmon have been quite good; Gunnamatta Beach is the hot spot at the minute, with most anglers catching here. The fish are averaging about 800g with some larger fish about. Customer Matt was lucky enough to find one of these larger fish, weighing a massive 3.9kg which is very exceptional for here. This thumper took a whole Bluebait wrapped in 'baitsock' to stop smaller fish picking away at it, and also to prevent cast-offs. Customer Alin went and had a spin at Gunnamatta as well, having a quiet session with just 2 smaller fish, both on the Pilchard pattern Maria Duplex. These lures are excellent off the beaches; they are designed to cast well due to heavy weight, and have a tight swimming action at faster speed retrieves and can also be sunk down deeper under the foamy water to where the fish are holding.