Report 29/3/18

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Report 29/3/18

Post by subeditor » Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:27 pm

Welcome and thanks for all the new subscribers, i'm aware for a lot of you reading this, will be the first report you have received so i hope you guys enjoy. To those that haven't been here for a while, we have now moved to 29 Church St in Traralgon to a bigger store, feel free to call us on 0351748544 if you have any inquiries.

There's so much too talk about this month from massive kingfish to a second snapper run and of course the horrible weather that has plagued the prom for the last month. Anyways lets get started.

It was a tough month to get out offshore in south gippsland due to constant high winds. It actually ended up a bit of a 7 day weather cycle with every Saturday morning being fishable for the last 6 weeks and then the rest of the week being total crap and unfishable. But, when those winds did ease, everyone has been heading straight out wide to chase these monster kingfish that we have been lucky enough to have in our area. Its meant that it has been pretty crowded out around the islands but there has been plenty of kingies to go around. There have been plenty of kingfish around the 9-10kg mark and some well in excess of that as well. The top methods have been slow trolling or drifting with live baits or whole squid and squid strips and also jigging. The weather hasn't been prime for top-water as there has always been a bit of wind and choppy conditions out there making surface fishing tough, but there have been a couple of opportunities to cast stick baits and poppers around. The best part of the tide has been mid tide during high flow, especially when jigging or trolling skirted lures, but the livies and squid has been very effective close to the tide changes. Anyways check out the pics below.
Other news offshore, the pinky snapper have been gong good and the reefs are chockers of pinkies to 40cm and are being caught on squid and pilchards on snapper snatcher or flasher rigs.

Inside, the gummy sharks have been the main target with the entrance with plagued with under-size gummies but if you persist you will get a few eater sized gummies. If you head into the inlet the gummies are going good up the Franklin channel, middle and Bennison channels around the tide changes. Some other good news was the recent snapper bite we have had over the past couple of weeks. There's been some big models caught in the entrance around buoy 6 through to buoy 2, with some of them around the 80cm mark, however the Franklin Channel has been very consistent with pinkies to 40cm and snapper to 65cm especially at first light or the last 2 hours of sundown. Another fish that hasn't been showing itself too much this season is the humble King George Whiting. Its definitely been one of the hardest seasons for them in a long time but we had a flurry of reports from the Lewis Channel over the past few weeks and the run out tide seemed to be the best with bass yabbies and pippies being the best baits. Mann's and McLaughlin's beach has been the only consistent spot for whiting this season and it has continued to produce half a dozen to a dozen whiting for most anglers targeting them. As for the 90 mile beach, its been fantastic when the winds haven't been too bad. The elephant fish just turned up over the past 2 weeks but there are still plenty of good sized gummy sharks to 1 meter getting caught, as well as a stack of tailor and some good sized salmon as well. In the Gippy Lakes, the bream are going very well around the Tambo but there is also a stack of tailor all through the lake and up the rivers as well. Some good dusky Flathead are starting to move up the river s now and are being caught on soft plastics. If you want a feed of prawns, don't miss out, its a cracking season and they are some of the biggest prawns we have had in a long time.
I was lucky enough to get my PB a few weeks ago at 11.2kg. This one i caught by slow trolling arrow squid.
Mitch Chapman with a 103cm kingy weighing around 10kg caught on a Explorer slow pitch jig.
Michael armstrong with a 98cm kingy caught on squid.
Pavo with a stonking gummy caught offshore in 20m of water. Top fish mate.

Jason Vella with a cracking inside gummy from Port Albert. Well done mate.

Ray Coles was lucky enough to snag this absolute monster flathead at 99cm during the Lake Tyers Flathead Challenge. A true fish of a lifetime and even better to catch a fish like that in the comp. It took a Squidgies bio-tough 100mm plastic.

Justin Shankland caught this meter long gummy at Golden Beach last night using bluebait.
A good feed from Loch Sport during the run in tide. All fish caught on Bluebait and Squid.
Frazer Ryan has caught a few carp as bi-catch when chasing the bass at Glenmaggie. These things put up a bit of a show on fly! Good stuff mate.
Paul Landmeter with a 32cm Bass caught at Blue Rock on a spinnerbait.
Lachie caught this 35cm bass from Traralgon Creek on worms.
Frazier Ryan was lucky enough to land this nice bass on Fly in Cowwar Weir over the weekend. Top fish mate, good stuff.

Well Done Mark Henning on catching this epic Striped Marlin on his New Shimano Switchbait Spin Outfit. The ultimate way to catch a Marlin, it would have been one hell of a fight on spin tackle. Well done mate, glad the outfit worked well!

Allways Angling
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Traralgon, Vic 3844
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