Beach tailor

 Hey guys

Hoping to chase some large tailor in the next couple weeks and was chasing some general info on spots, baits, rigs, etc or any other useful advice

Thanks in advance for help,

Sharkhunter1


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 Hey man are you south of the

Sun, 2017-06-25 19:30

 Hey man are you south of the river or north of the river?

 I fish the rockingham to secret harbour stretch of beaches for tailor a bit and have had some success on big tailor around secret harbour and golden bay in the bigger surf sections. Generally won't get a touch until the sun is coming down. If you can have some strip baits say 1 inch wide and say 4-5 inches long and you've got your bait either in the gutter or behind the breakers I reckon thats your best bet. Ganged hooks 4/0-6/0 for bigger tailor, snelled hooks work well are a bit more flexible. You'll rarely get snipped off on decent mono leader say 40-60lb. I don't know about other guys but I've been using a running sinker clip with a 3-5oz star sinker to a pair of snelled 6/0 hooks. If you hook one tailor, get your bait straight back out because theres a good chance you'll get two or three back to back and then the bite stops. 

Fresh tailor fillets make great shark and mulloway baits also 

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Posts: 2442

Date Joined: 11/05/08

 Hey man are you south of the

Sun, 2017-06-25 19:30

 Hey man are you south of the river or north of the river?

 I fish the rockingham to secret harbour stretch of beaches for tailor a bit and have had some success on big tailor around secret harbour and golden bay in the bigger surf sections. Generally won't get a touch until the sun is coming down. If you can have some strip baits say 1 inch wide and say 4-5 inches long and you've got your bait either in the gutter or behind the breakers I reckon thats your best bet. Ganged hooks 4/0-6/0 for bigger tailor, snelled hooks work well are a bit more flexible. You'll rarely get snipped off on decent mono leader say 40-60lb. I don't know about other guys but I've been using a running sinker clip with a 3-5oz star sinker to a pair of snelled 6/0 hooks. If you hook one tailor, get your bait straight back out because theres a good chance you'll get two or three back to back and then the bite stops. 

Fresh tailor fillets make great shark and mulloway baits also 

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You the man

Sun, 2017-06-25 22:35

 Yep took me a few years to work out , fresh strip baits of almost any fish from the area your fishing in , def gets the tailor.

Outfishs mulies 2 to 1 sometimes, must be the smell , and feel of that fresh flesh.

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Great advice above.Ignore

Fri, 2017-06-30 04:57

Great advice above.

Ignore those that say you need to use wire for Tailor. It might save you a few bite offs but I garuntee it will put more fish off striking in the 1st place than you will lose from bite offs. In 30+ years fishing I can count on one hand the number of times I've been bitten off by tailor. I've never used wire for them & I reckon I've caught my fair share of genuine big tailor.

What is a "big tailor"? To me that's a 70+ cm fish. If you want to get serious about that size fish then going north is the only way to go. Head for the coast between Dongara & Shark Bay where the majority of the big ones are. There are big fish metro, I've caught a few, but unless you get lucky or are in the know, it can be a lot of hours before you get that properly big tailor. A lot of people fish metro for decades & don't even crack 50cm, which I only consider to be at the high end of an average metro fish (45-50cm average LB in blue water). 

Big tailor like reef. So keep a couple of 40 gram twistys & a 2oz white richter plug in your kit to throw around those reefy areas that are too far out or too rough for baits. Walking a likely stretch of coast with a medium spin rod & a handfull of metals is a great way to locate tailor & find new spots to fish.

Look for waves breaking over reef with deep water on the inside of the reef. Tailor love hunting in that foamy water. The water must not have much sand suspended in it though. Tailor like clean foamy water, not dirty full of sand & weed. The sand & crap irritates thier gills & the tailor either head for clearer water or just go completely off the chew. Either way, lots of sand suspended in the water makes for very slow tailor days.

Fish the changes of light, preferably the rising tide, minimum 1.50m swell & a bit of wind to create a bit of chop. I don't care which direction the wind is coming from as long as it isn't SE. If you're fishing a clean beach (gutters not reef) then you can ignore the bit about the swell, it doesn't seem to make much difference then as long as it's not a glass off.

Hope that helps.