On the Hunt In Victoria

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Jeremy Schrader
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On the Hunt In Victoria

Post by Jeremy Schrader » Tue May 04, 2010 12:32 pm

With the thought of a reasonable off shore wind and a high tide peaking at 2.30 am I decided that I needed another dose of sanity by heading down to the South West beaches. The destination of choice was made after checking the surf cams and I headed off looking forward to targeting a few salmon and hopefully a Gummy or School shark given the state of moon phase.

Arriving on the beach shortly before sunset I was greeted with a low swell and a falling tide, the bottom of the tide was scheduled to occur at around 7.30 so I had a little time up my sleeve to try and get some fresh Salmon for bait.
The outfit of choice was my Tip Tornado Super match and Penn 525 Mag loaded with 14 pound Ultima Distance and running an 80 pound Powerflex shock leader. The rig I had set up was a two hook clip down rig with SRT springs, cascade swivels and an Imp to connect the 6 oz grip lead to. Given the calm conditions I could have dropped the lead size down to 4 oz but with the intention of changing to bigger fillet baits and a pulley rig I had left the lighter leads at home.

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(Unclipped 2 hook rig with cascade swivel and SRT spring)


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( Two hooks in clipped position – SRT spring guarantees release on impact )

The fishing Started of slow as expected with the calm conditions and I had to start searching out wider to find the fish. I eventually got them sorted out wide behind the swell and started getting into the Salmon with the Whitebait and Squid strip cocktails doing the damage on fish from a ½ to 2 ½ pounds on the old scale.


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( One of the many Salmon taken on the two hook rig – note IMP clip for bottom hook )

The two hook rig was working well with a number of fish being taken on both the top and the bottom hooks. I was running 2/0 circle hooks as I find these negate the need to strike the fish when fishing at the longer ranges. This combined with the 6 oz grip leads was very affective.
Another welcome catch was a reasonable sized Elephant fish which was destined to be taken back for Mum and Dad as they have been complaining about my constant catch and release. (I hate cleaning fish)

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( Yet another of the many Salmon taken during the session )

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( A face only a mother could love – The Elephant fish taken at range )

Later in the evening Lee decided that he too needed a break and had his heart set on getting into a Gummy or School shark. After a long day working on his video career the thought of relaxing on the beach with a bait in the water and a good cup of coffee was all the prompting that he needed.

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( One of the many Skate taken during the session - This one by Lee on the Kompressor S)

Luke day was also on the hunt for a good fish but was having a hard time of it closer to Melbourne with the weed proving too much of a hassle on the beaches that he normally hits. Coming down he to got into s few good Salmon as well as the resident big Skate.


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( Luke with a Good sized Salmon )


Interestingly both he and Lee got a few species that we don’t see on the beach all that often. Lee’s capture of a small Saw Shark was a first for him and a big surprise for all of us as its normally only caught in the North of NSW.

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( The tropical visitor to our Victorian Beaches ???? )


The fishing was consistent on the rise but shut down around the top and it wasn’t until the change in the early part of the morning that we again started to get into the fish. On interesting bit of action was when Lee & Luke hooked into a large Skate together so it proved when the fish was brought to shore )

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( Lee & Luke fighting the same Skate – greedy things they are )


By this stage we decided to call it a night and head back home, really looking forward to the coming weeks fishing but may have to slow down a bit as we lead into the June Championship comp. Need to get things sorted out there.

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(Yet another Skate taken during the session – with so many of these on the prowl we though a Gummy Should have been among them )



Regards till next time.

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Re: On the Hunt In Victoria

Post by fishinyum » Wed May 05, 2010 6:15 pm

Those saw sharks are common in the deeper water off vic, i remember being out in a trawler once getting blue grenadier and ling and getting plenty of saw sharks tangled in the nets. But must admit a rare catch anywhere in vic on line as you never hear it.

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Re: On the Hunt In Victoria

Post by gags » Tue May 17, 2011 8:59 pm

I know it has been a while since this was posted but I am hoping that someone might be able to help me out.

I have enjoyed fishing for years but only recently tried surf fishing during the Easter long weekend at Lakes Entrance. Managed to get a few Australian Salmon using 40g lures and had a great time. I only bought a pretty cheap 10 foot Shimano rod to start me off and I originally tried mating it to a Surfcaster reel that I inherited from my Father-in-Law a few years ago when he passed away. My initial efforts with this were terrible and after 3 birds nests in a row I gave up and went back to an eggbeater.

Anyway, I ended up having a great time and alternated between using a baited rig (at night) and lures in the morning and managed to land about 30 or so Salmon over the weekend (nothing to write home about size wise). Anyway, I think I have got the surf fishing bug and after doing a few web searches I decided that I want to have a crack at putting together a rig using crimps, beads, cascade swivels, SRT springs, and Breakaway sinkers. This thread came up in a google search and I am hoping that the author (or someone else) might be able to let me know of a good place to buy the necessary equipment to make a rig up similar to the one shown in the original post of this thread as the only ones I can find seem to be in the UK.

I am located in Melbourne and would ideally like to be able to get the gear from a shop where I can look at it before I buy but I also have no problems with internet shopping if required. I would also be keen for any advice on suitable surf fishing spots that are closer to Melbourne than the 90 mile beach (I am in the NE suburbs).

I am also thinking of upgrading to a longer surf rod and I am entertaining the thought of building my own (probably a subject for another thread) and would like to hear thoughts on suitable lengths for getting a decent cast length.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Gags

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