WITH the warmer weather finally hitting the positives, fishing reports continue to impress which is great news.
Reports indicate that salmon are everywhere from ideal eating pan size up to 4kg whoppers that are being caught on a variety of natural baits and surface lures.
At the top end of the inlet the fishing continues to improve along with the warmer water temperature, which is approaching the 19 degree mark.
King George came across locals in Davis Thomas and Branton Suckling who spend every spare bit of time on the water in their tinny that has seen plenty of service.
They have been doing well on whiting, gummies, pinkies and flathead and are looking forward to a very busy summer; they should have a rough idea as they have both fished this part of the world for the last 12 years.
They have also managed to bag a few small bronze whaler sharks which has earned them bragging rights.
The area around Stevies Gutter has also been fairly productive with perch being taken mainly on the run off tide.
Whiting, salmon and flathead are also being bagged in good numbers on a variety of baits that include Bass yabbies, sand worms and pipis.
The Snags area has also been very productive when there is little flow; whiting, silvers and perch have been caught on Bass yabbies, pipis and strips of pilchards.
The Bathing Boxes has also been very productive as far as land based anglers and boaters are concerned.
Salmon are being caught in good numbers along with silvers to the 800gm mark which makes them well worth going after.
There are also plenty of good size flathead and mullet seem to be everywhere and being up to 38cm they are worth the effort.
For the benefit of inexperienced anglers, the black lining must be removed upon cleaning and they are best when filleted. They do not freeze well but make excellent bait for just about any fish when correctly presented.
Just before this report King George received a report from Amanda Keilar who is a regular at the beach at Inverloch.
She decided to try her luck off the beach at Inverloch and bagged a very nice whiting that nudged the 40cm mark as well as a quality silver which was included in an impressive bag.
She says there are plenty of mullet, salmon, flathead and trevally making an appearance which looks good for the future.
This is an area that can be very productive but local knowledge is a great advantage.
Experienced anglers such as Jules Tiziani have been doing very well on whiting that are of exceptional quality.
Anglers have been catching whiting that are better than the 45cm mark and taking baits such as Bass yabbies, pipis, squid and strips of fresh fish.
Silvers are always very good quality along with flathead and gummy sharks.
Brownies Bay has also been worth a visit where very good size silvers and quality whiting are being caught.
Off the Rocks there have been silvers and whiting being bagged but there can be fair wait between enquiries; the run in tide seems to be the best time to try your luck.
The water temperature at the time of this report has nudged the 20-degree mark which is around the dinner bell temperature according to Rob Starrett who runs the caravan park with wife Karen.
He says boaters have been bagging out on whiting well over the 30cm mark and making the effort worthwhile.
There are also mullet that seem to be everywhere and are very clean along with silvers, flathead and gummy sharks; regular visitors Stuart and Clive have been doing very well as has ‘PK’.
For those contemplating trying their luck off the rocks it is important to know that this form of fishing is considered to be one of the most dangerous sports and great care must be taken.
It is essential to not fish alone, wear correct foot wear and always tell someone where you are going and your estimated time of arrival back home.
There are other common sense things to do as wearing correct foot wear and never take your eye off the water as that so call freak wave is always lurking. In fact there are no freak waves – they are always there so please take care.
According to information from the boat storage the fishing has been very good over the weekend when there have been reasonable conditions.
Whiting are being caught in the Lewis Channel on both sides of the low water tide as well as silvers, flathead and of course mullet.
There have been good numbers of gummy sharks and snapper have been to the 6kg mark.
The Franklin Channel and entrance at Singapore Deep seem to be the most productive areas.
Outside the entrance there have been good numbers of salmon, flathead and gummy sharks making an appearance.
Rob Killury who runs the local General Store says that the great fishing continues with anglers bagging out on whiting and snapper inside the entrance.
There was one ripper big red caught that dragged the scales way down to the 9.8kg mark.
Rob knows that this is the correct weight as he weighed the trophy fish on his scales that he has in the store along with a gentry to handle the much heavier specimens.
The local jetty has been worth a visit where a variety of fish such as mullet, silvers, salmon and flathead have been caught in good numbers.
The best time has been on the run in tide with a variety of natural baits doing the job.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on firstname.lastname@example.org or 5672 3474. Good luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
THERE is one comment that I am hearing over and over again this season from customers, some of whom have fished here for many, many years and that is it’s one of the strangest seasons they can remember.
This week has continued with that pattern and the reports, especially of snapper are all over the place with very little consistency.
Calamari and have been a different story and it has been one of the best weeks on the San Remo Jetty that we have seen for years and at times over a dozen anglers have been competing for the same piece of water.
Whiting were also good but not consistent with undersized to 52cm ones reported.
Flathead were good offshore one day and gone the next.
There were some big schools of salmon off the beaches but very few people fishing to take advantage of them.
We have had reports of elephants being caught this week on the Corals, whiting and calamari from Newhaven Jetty, both of which unusual especially the calamari.
Some big pike in the main channel above the bridge as well as some quality rock flathead.
All but one or two of the snapper reports this week were from evening or night but not all the reports were from where you would expect.
This time of the season you would expect the shallows or the mud would be the best spot to target first up in the evening then move to deeper water after dark but I had several reports over the last week from the deeper part of the Corals in the evening and from the shallows well after dark.
One thing that was consistent with the reports was if you landed on the snapper you had your bag in an hour or so.
Not a lot of bigger snapper this week with the average around 3kg and the best was 84cm.
From the reports there were very few snapper caught that have spawned as yet which is later than normal but as I mentioned before, nothing this season is normal.
A couple of reports came in from Cleeland Bight of some smaller pinkies and some very small pinkies from Silverleaves, but no reports from offshore of snapper as yet.
Pilchards and squid by far the best baits used.
Calamari have been excellent this week from San Remo Jetty and one night during the week there were over 30 caught for the evening.
There were calamari caught at many times during the day and evening but from the reports the best time by far was one hour either side of the tide.
The majority of the calamari caught on the jetty were caught on artificial jigs with only a couple of the reports on baited jigs.
The main question I get asked is what colour and it’s a question almost impossible to answer when you stand behind the counter for a week or so.
To give you an idea of what I mean, during the week I will have 10 customers come in telling me they caught calamari on artificial jigs; the problem is they will then tell me several different colours or brands.
The most popular jig we sell is a white one and if I had to pick one that’s what I would say but not with any confidence.
What I suggest to customers is to build up a variety of colours, buy a good squid case that you can store them in and wash them after you have used them.
Buy the ones you can afford as quite often it is the colour not the quality that catches the squid and you are better to have several colours than one good quality jig that is the wrong colour for the day.
Having said all that the better quality jigs will often work better if you are in a boat and the water is crystal clear but from the land I am not so sure.
Whiting reports continued this week and while still a bit patchy I saw some quality catches during the week.
Dickies Bay, Reef Island, Top Light area was the best for size with many of the whiting from Reef Island undersized or just size and you needed to catch a lot to get size ones to take home.
The bigger whiting we saw this week were just over 50cm but they were the exception and the average for the week was closer to 36cm.
I had reports from Cleeland Bight and from Coronet Bay and Maggie Shoal.
I also have a couple of reports from my kayak customers that were fishing out from the boat ramp at Cowes drifting across the weed beds.
This year Phillip Island and San Remo traders have come together as one to put on four days of festivities and special deals to celebrate Christmas.
The festivities will start on Saturday, December 14 in San Remo where many of the shop keepers are offering special deals to help you find that perfect present.
The Lions carols will finish off the night on the San Remo foreshore and if you are a local you might even know some of the people on the stage with all local talent performing.
The festivities will end on December 17 at Cowes with the carols and fireworks.
Some specials will only be available on the nights of the carols but many of the traders will be running their specials over the four days.
We will be running two specials over the four days; the first is for those purchasing gift vouchers where we will add an extra 25 per cent.
The second offer is that anybody that spends $200 in store will receive a free copy of “Western Port Fishermen” by Helen Hannan (limited offer).
Simply mention where you saw the offer advertised to take advantage.
Shearwaters are fishing too
THE Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is asking recreational anglers to be mindful of Shearwaters when casting out, following reports of dead birds washing up along Victoria’s coastline.
DEPI’s regional director Port Phillip, Travis Dowling said the Short-tailed Shearwaters (Ardenna tenuirostris) breeding season has started following their annual migration from the Bering Sea, between Alaska and Japan, to south-east Australia.
“Unfortunately, the journey is not successful for all the birds and we are currently receiving reports of large numbers of dead and dying Short-tailed Shearwaters from right along the Victorian coast,” Mr Dowling said.
“In some years the birds arrive underweight and exhausted from their mammoth flight and as a result some die from starvation.
“As the birds are hungry, there are reports that they are attempting to consume baits of recreational anglers.”
Dallas D’Silva, executive officer of VRFish, said there are a few things recreational anglers can do to minimise interactions with these birds while on the water.
“If hungry Shearwaters are attempting to take your bait, use a slightly heavier sinker to get your bait to the bottom sooner and cast as far away from the birds as possible to reduce the risk of them becoming entangled,” Mr D’Silva said.
“And carry a towel in your boat that can be used to wrap and calm an entangled Shearwater.
“If you are experienced in handling birds and have protective gloves, you may then be able to disentangle them and set them free.”
Mr Dowling said: “Anglers and beach goers can also call DEPI on 136 186 or RACV Wildlife Connect on 13 11 11 to be connected to a wildlife carer in their area who will be able to assist.”