Category Salmon

Huge Australian Salmon (17-Jan-2016)

The weather was fantastic and we could see a lot of surface action with the bubbling water suggesting something was chasing the baitfish. We loaded up some live baitfish and waited patiently. There was not much going on for a while until our reel took off! After a short fight and a couple of characteristic jumps, it was obvious that it was a bruiser Australian Salmon. It measured around the 75cm mark.

Big Australian Salmon (01-Dec-2015)

So the start of summer, and still plenty of activity on the surface to suggest some big specimens around. I put in some live bait for most of the day without success. Towards the end of the day, I hooked up to a beast of a fight, but much unlike the typical fight of a kingfish, so my guess was either a salmon or a bonito. After a short fight, I pull up this beast of an Australian Salmon towards the 70cm and 3kg mark!

Big Australian Salmon (25-Feb-13)

So trying to fit in as much fishing before the end of summer, we decided to try live baiting for hopefully yet another flathead like in the two previous posts. We had a few variations going, one with a small sinker and one with a bigger one. The small sinker gives the fish some more slack to swim around the surface, whereas the larger one puts it down towards the bottom.

Lucky salmon (20-Aug-12)

The cold weather was really drying up the bait fish, meaning we didn’t really have any bait for the larger species. While trying to catch the baitfish, with small pieces of pilchard, we hooked on to something big! This was on 6 pound mainline and 8 pound trace. It was clearly a salmon after it took a few jumps as we were winding him in. It took about ten minutes but we finally brought it in, having to beach it.

Mixed Bag (15-Oct-11)

The Spring weather was beginning to heat up and give rise to perfect conditions for the pelagics. We were getting plenty of baitfish first up, so it was a good sign. Dad had a live bait on and I was busy going for squid. So we didn’t have to wait for long for dad to hook up. He called it a salmon judging by the strong fight, yet not as strong as the kingfish.

Double Salmon (8-Aug-11)

After the success of our first salmon of the year, we decided to go again. This time around, the baitfish were easier to catch, but no fish were hitting the live baits. You may remember from the previous post that we had caught a cuttle fish that was hardly touched. We decided to cut it up and use it this time around. Since the cuttle fish has a hard back, it took a bit of undoing, but not long after we threw out a strip, we were on to a small yet dirty fighting salmon!

Bank Holiday weekend Part 2 (1-Aug-11)

Fortunate enough to have Bank Holiday off, I accompanied dad to try to target some larger species. Unfortunately, we were only able to hook up the one squid the day before. The bait fish were hard to come by and our cubed baits were not getting any attention. My squid was also thrown out but remained untouched for the good part of 20 minutes. I was able to hook up a cuttlefish and decided to throw it out live while keeping the squid as a spare.

Big Australian Salmon (4-Apr-2011)

So my dad has been on a roll lately. This time he picks up a big Australian Salmon! With the weather cooling, there are not much baitfish around and he was only able to catch the two. He put one on and as he was able to put the other on, the rod took off! After a long fight, for what looked like a big mullet as we saw colour, turned out to be a big Australian Salmon!