CHASING AUSTRALIAN SALMON
Australian Salmon are one of the three most prized targets of Aussie fishos, with Mulloway and Barramundi being the other two. The reason why fishos love chasing Australian Salmon is that the fish provides for a great challenge. Australian Salmon are a powerful fish that run hard and won’t give up easily. This species also have an unpredictable and mysterious migration pattern making them a very elusive target, which is why anglers love to chase them. If you want to try and chase Australian Salmon, here’s what you need to know.
HOW TO CATCH AUSTRALIAN SALMON IN THE SURF
Australian Salmon are known to school on the South Coast of Australia in big numbers during the peak season. Anglers who love a challenge will flock to the beach looking for a bite.
There are usually two ways to catch an Australian Salmon in the surf. One is by hanging your bait out in the water using a traditional surf rig and wait for the Australian Salmon to strike. And the other way is to chase down schools and actively throw your lure at them. Most challenge-seeking anglers prefer the second way, which is why I’ll focus on that today.
WHERE TO FIND THEM
When the Australian Salmon season hits, expect to find them close to the shoreline and within casting distance. They’re a common sight in the colder waters of the southern coast. During winter or late autumn, though, they tend to migrate to the east and west coast looking for colder waters. During the peak season, you’ll usually find them in beaches with strong surf. They wait for smaller prey along the deep gutters of the shoreline.
HOW TO TARGET THEM
The most critical factor in targeting a school of Australian Salmon in the surf is to find the gutters. Look for silver flashes in the waves. But if you’re lucky, you’ll see their fins and backs protruding in the shallows. On days where there’s a low swell, spotting them can be a bit harder. I recommend using polarised glasses to detect the dark patches in the usual salmon spots of the beach.
One thing to note is that waves will only break on the shallow banks. If there are no signs of waves breaking, that can be a good fishable gutter. Dark blue spots in the surf will also mean that it’s a gutter.
If you can easily spot Australian Salmon, I recommend using lures. But if they’re hiding, it’s best to use traditional baits and wait for the Salmon to strike. Remember not to overcast; casting too far will often only lead you to cast in a shallow sandbank where there are no fish. Don’t be afraid if you’re not casting at the maximum distance because usually, the gutters are just right in front of you.
If you want to chase juvenile Salmon, go for a paternoster rig as they are known to provide excellent results when chasing Australian Salmon. The recommended hook size is 6. Make sure to bring different sinkers since you’ll be casting at different distances.
If you’re chasing big Australian Salmon, bring 15-20lb line paired with a 12-foot surf rod. This is the most common setup. Other anglers also prefer a light setup of 7 to 9-foot spin rods with smaller reels.
Chasing Australian Salmon can be one of the most exhilarating experiences that any angler can have. All you need is the right gear and know-how, and you’re all set for a new adventure.
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