Despite the wintery blast we have been blanketed with these past few weeks, there has been no chance of the fishing slowing up. The surf fishing scene has well and truly kicked into high gear now with salmon invading the surf beaches right along the coast from Phillip Island to the Ninety Mile Beach.
Some of the most consistent fishing has been at Anzacs Beach, Cape Woolamai and Kilcunda. Don’t disregard those more secluded beaches in between, such as Kitty Miller Bay, Berrys Beach and, of course, Cemetery Beach just past Kilcunda. Often the main beaches become overcrowded, especially during the weekends. These secluded beaches tend to see less fishing pressure.
Berley is an essential key in surf fishing success. While there are plenty of salmon about, you still need to attract them to your fishing location. An onion bag filled with chook pellets and some pilchards will send enough fishy stench into the water to bring them to your fishing location, given you have the berley bag laying on the sand just out of the shore break.
Most of the fish so far have been in the 1-1.2kg range with the odd bigger fish being caught. While there have been fish as large as 3.3kg caught from the Mornington Peninsula beaches, it’s humbling to see fish of this size in our waters. That’s not to say that the Phillip Island beaches don’t harbour such monsters – it all comes down to picking a beach, casting out a bait and waiting to see what takes it.