Salmon in the surf

With salmon season upon us again thought it would be timely to have a look at targeting this iconic species from the sand using surfcasting methods.

Many land-based anglers are quite obsessed with lure casting to salmon. While this approach can be a lot of fun and very productive, there are times when the fish are in smaller groups or holding down deep and not particularly interested in lures. You can successfully catch salmon from open sandy surf beaches and I’ll pass on a few pointers for anyone interested.

Thick & thin of line

Australian shore anglers don’t seem to pay much attention to the diameter of their main line, at least compared to shore anglers from other countries. For as long as I can remember we seem to be more obsessed with breaking strain than line thickness.

Although the two measurements are to some extent related, there is plenty of variation of line diameter for a given breaking strain. Let’s take a closer look at how shore anglers can use line diameter to their advantage.

Sharks really bite

We wiser (older) folk know that regardless of how much we like to theorise and ponder there is rarely any better way to learn than to put boots on the ground, on the beach or in the boat to get the nuts and bolts of what really works. I had another of those perfect learning opportunities recently. And I do love a great lesson.

We called into Broome to catch up with family as part of the run home on our extended trip towing the caravan to Darwin and back.

The many moods of mulloway

After a solid couple of hours of fishing the sun had finally reached the horizon. Apart from one solid tailor the session had been pretty slow. But importantly the moon was new, the tide rising and the sea conditions appeared ideal with that all important mix of water movement without excessive currents. In short, expectations were still high.

Rather than move locations we chose to stay put and try to capitalise on the scent we had been gradually building up with our baits in the water. The witching hour was upon us and it was now or never.

Unlocking Hartog's secrets

In this Shore Angles I thought it might be timely to reflect on my ninth year of fishing Dirk Hartog Island and how the experience has changed over that time.

While we would normally aim to visit the island in April, for various reasons this year’s adventure fell in June. Over the nine years we have visited in April six times and once in each of March, May and June. Every trip is different but in general the fishing has been more reliable in April with the tendency for things to become quieter later in the season, especially for the demersal species.

Getting to grips with footwear

Of all the kit the land-based angler might own, footwear is right up there in order of importance.

The keen land-based angler will likely have to negotiate all manner of terrain underfoot from deep, soft beach sand to sharp, treacherous rocks.

Remote contact options

I'm sure amongst the shore angling community there are quite a lot of us who enjoy going really remote to seek out those locations which are seldom fished. Even if you haven’t yet discovered the joy of getting away from the masses you might have aspirations to do so.

In this column I’ll be looking at some essential check boxes you should tick if you plan on taking your fishing into very remote places.

Sharp end of the Wedge

The Wedge Island area north of Perth represents a somewhat unique opportunity for the dedicated Perth-based shore fisher.

Being only around 140km from Perth it can be tackled as a day trip or an easy overnighter with plenty of reef and sand options to select from.

With the extension of Indian Ocean Drive, Wedge has become easy to access for anyone prepared to make the drive. The Wedge settlement itself can be reached without a 4WD but if you really want to explore the vast beaches either side of Wedge an offroad vehicle will be essential.