Beach fishing time upon us

Although the warmth on the beaches has well and truly soaked deep into the sand, don’t let that stop you as now is prime time to be in search of sharks and pelagics like salmon and tailor. The water temperature is still mild enough to hold some reasonable flathead if you’re fishing the 90 mile beach – and a rogue snapper isn’t such a silly wildcard either. Just be sure you’re geared up with the correct actioned rod and long-cast reel to make the most of the distance you’ll need.

Customer Nati fished with Matilda on the beach while away recently where they landed some great salmon. Matilda’s first fish was this salmon that measured 63cm, which of course took a small bait fished in the shore wash on a lighter rod! The salmon were around in great numbers, with Nati spinning a few up on small stickbaits and metals also, using a ‘burn and kill’ retrieve.

Customer Frank fished the beach down at Lochsport recently with some friends where they had fun on the salmon. After having minimal luck on metals, Frank decided to change it up and fish some heavier rigged plastics in the gutters and soon after everyone was on the bandwagon. All fish were taken on anchovy-imitating plastics with a split tail.

Customer George fished off the beach during the last of the milder weather with his boys Troy and Zach. The intended target was a larger shark with teeth using a large bait of eel set about 300m out from the shore – but this gummy had other ideas. At this size it’s a great eating fish and normally a reasonably common catch when fishing the beach in this region, whether you’re drone/paddling baits or fishing them a bit closer in during a flood tide.