WONTHAGGI angler Peter Clarke has just returned from a trip to Deniliquin where he camped on the river bank with some mates.
There was as fair wait between enquiries but patience paid off when he landed a very nice Murray Cod that stretched the tape out to 80cm.
The big fellow was caught on a cheese and shrimp bait and he also bagged a 50cm yellow belly that was an also impressive 50cm and also caught on a worm and shrimp bait presentation.
Peter’s friends are Aboriginal and know the area backwards and he has built up a very good friendship over the years.
He is looking forward to a return visit at the next opportunity.
The fish were a long time coming but the cod was released to swim and fight another day.
Korumburra angler Phil Wardle who virtually lives for fishing has been spending quite a bit of time at Corinella and can often be found out on the water.
He says that he has been doing extremely well on the whiting and although not huge they have been to the 38cm mark and he is not complaining.
As well as whiting he has also been bagging very impressive size silvers that have been over the 1kg mark.
He says that Bass yabbies have been the best of the presentations and is looking forward to repeating his success.
He says that there is a huge seal hanging around the jetty that has been tormented by visitors and this worries him as it shows much aggression.
Of course if it actually catches anyone there could be a fatality, which would be disastrous.
Cowes Fisheries Officer Chris Angwin says they should not be fed, especially with fish carcasses.
The idea he says is to take your scraps with you.
He warns that these bull seals are dangerous animals and can inflict fatal injuries.
Please keep clear of this seal.
Surf: There have been numerous positive reports of salmon being bagged along the beaches from Kilcunda to Venus Bay.
The weather conditions have been perfect and landbased anglers are having a ball with salmon being the main catch as to be expected.
The fish have been up to the very impressive 3kg mark and taking a variety of baits which include whitebait, salted pipis, pilchards and surf poppers.
There have been a few flathead and the occasional gummy shark being caught with best results being on the run in tide as is usually the case.
Inverloch: The fishing population is at its peak and there have been great reports of success from boaters and landbased anglers.
Tony Gray and a couple of mates are down on holidays and staying at accommodation on the foreshore which is very convenient.
The weather doesn’t really worry them as they are exclusively land based and have been trying their luck from the entrance up to Maher’s Landing.
Tony says that the best fishing he has had has been just inside the entrance to Pensioners Corner where they have been catching a great variety which include mullet, silvers, flathead and good numbers of whiting.
The best time has been at low water on both side of the tides and if this coincides with evening into the night then the results are that much better as the fish will move in closer under the cover of darkness.
The renovated jetty is very popular as far as land based anglers are concerned but there has been a fair wait between enquiries.
The main catch has been mullet with the run in tide being most productive.
Stevies Gutter is always worth a try where perch can be caught on the run off tide on soft plastic lures along with Bass yabbies and worms.
Mahers Landing is always worth a try where boaters and land based anglers are generally confident of catching a fish.
George Edwards is visiting from Morwell and is on holidays.
He says that he has been doing very well on the left hand side of the boat ramp where there have been good numbers of quality mullet, flathead and the odd silver.
With the water temperature on the rise the good reports should continue.
Shallow Inlet: The water temperature is now into the 20 degree plus and crystal clear which is good news as far as fishing is concerned.
The further good news as far as the gummies are concerned is that the full moon is due on the 16th of this month which is dinner bell time as far as the gummies are concerned.
Even so there have been good numbers of them being caught but then full moon makes them that much more hungry.
As well as the gummies there have been very good bags of whiting to 45cm being taken and one of the lucky anglers has been a visiting lady Cathleen O’Shaessy who at the time of this report was again out on the water trying her luck.
There are also very good numbers of silvers that have been to the 1.5kg mark and taking a variety of baits which will fully test the angler’s skills as well as gear.
Port Welshpool: Over the weekend the conditions were not all that great for fishing with the wind playing havoc.
The local game fishing club also had a hard time with around 25 boats in a competition which was one of their best turn outs but quite a few decided to turn back which was disappointing.
There have been reports of very good numbers of whiting being caught as well as silvers, salmon and gummies being bagged but generally speaking the wind has been a dampener.
The jetties have been fairly productive with mullet, silvers, garfish and squid being taken on the run in tide.
On the other side of the inlet at Yanakie there have been very good reports.
David Isherwood is a keen fisherman but says that being the caretaker at the park limits his fishing times although at times some boaters have been dropping him in a feed of fish from time to time. He says that there have been quite good numbers of gummies being caught in the Bennison Channel as well as good size flathead, snapper and silvers and a visit to his part of the world would be worth the effort.
There have been other reports of snapper being caught off the beach as well as gummies with the best results being on the run in tide at evening.
Port Albert: Information from the local general store is that the fishing has been flat out with excellent results from outside the entrance as well as inside as well as the jetties.
Britney who works at the store says that over the weekend there was a 10kg conga eel caught by a local who landed his prize after a long battle.
Barry Mansen from Yarram was very happy with himself when he bagged a 13.2kg gummy shark as well as some very nice flathead outside the entrance at Port Albert.
Inside the entrance there have been some very nice bags of whiting being caught by visitors and locals.
Outside the entrance there are good numbers of snapper and gummies along with big flathead being caught on a variety of baits.
With the warmer weather ahead and better conditions the future looks very good.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on 56 723 474. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around The Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
I HAD several responses to my article last week about the expansions to the port at Hastings and it would appear there are plenty of people that have the same or similar concerns with the main question people asked was “what can I do”.
The best thing you can do is attend the public meetings that will come up from time to time and voice your concerns, also write to the port authority voicing your concern.
Speak to your local government member and again voicing concerns and asking for answers to the questions you might have.
Speak to your local council members to ensure they are aware of the project firstly and that they are aware of the possible damage that could be done to the local economy with too many restricted areas for boating.
Despite the ordinary weather we had during the week there were some very good reports coming into the shop from both land and boat.
The boats even had a few days when the weather settled enough to head offshore and for the most part the fishing was good.
There were another few Makos caught with a couple kept and a couple released.
The best for the week was a Mako we weighed for Jesse Backman on Saturday afternoon.
It was his first Mako and pulled the scales down to almost 130kg meaning plenty of flake for all the crew and a few neighbours as well I would suggest.
That was the only one we weighed but we did hear of more coming from the western side of the island and were all around the 30kg mark.
There are some good schools of bait fish, yakkas and slimmeys that can be found off Kilcunda in about 40m of water and they will soon come up the burley trail and can be easily caught on a sabiki jig.
The numbers of arrow squid are increasing too and one angler told me he lost two shark baits in a very short time.
The best way I find to catch the arrow squid offshore in any depth is to use a wire paternoster rig a heavy sinker and two brightly coloured jigs, cheap ones will do.
Drop it down to the bottom and if you see nothing in half hour or so wind it up a few turns and wait again until you find what depth they are in.
Flathead were patchy but good if that makes any sense as the reports were all over the place and just as many missed out as bagged out.
There are plenty of patches of small flathead offshore and the bigger ones will take some finding and will only be luck.
I had several customers in that just fell on them and had no problem, and then others drove all over the ocean to find theirs.
Depth was the same and good reports and bad reports came from 30, 40, 50m of water.
Don’t forget if you are fishing offshore and you are not using a heavy enough sinkers to get to the bottom you will have very little chance of catching any flathead.
There are plenty of the tackle shops friends, couta out there at the moment ranging from quite small and in very thick schools to some up around the 3kg mark all of which make good bait.
We had our first report of kingfish during the week and although only one was over the minimum size it is still a good sign that they are starting to show up.
The two areas to target at the moment are around Pyramid Rock and between the eastern entrance and punchbowl.
The problem is where you need to be is only accessible on very low swell days and they have been few and far between lately.
The other thing you need to do is find some live bait to use either trolling or drifting very slowly. Another thing to try which worked last year is to drift your live baits and run a cube trail of pilchards as well.
Kingfish along the coast locally are not the easiest to catch and there are plenty of things going against you.
Not only the weather limiting the days you can fish for them but the couta and seals will mean you need plenty of gear and live baits.
From reports I get from divers there are plenty of kingfish there you just need to work out how to hook them then even harder, work out how to land them before they get to a sharp rock and cut you off.
Leave the light gear home and just take out the heavier rods and reels as it will increase your chances.
Snapper have been almost a non-existent species over the holidays and even size pinkies have been a bit scarce with small pockets of fish spread around the bay.
We have had several reports of small undersize pinkies and have only seen one decent snapper over the last few weeks despite there being more boats on the water.
Whiting have continued to be the best of the catches and we are getting plenty reported and like the last few weeks from all over the bay.
There has been no real best spot and any of the usual areas have produced fish of all sizes.
The only pattern that has come from the whiting reports is the bigger fish have more consistently come from in the evening.
Again this week several whiting were reported from the land based fishermen as well which always happens this time of the year with more fishing from the land.
We had reports of landbased whiting from the rocks at Smiths Beach and Sunderland Bay, the jetty at San Remo and Newhaven, Boys Home Road, Ventnor Beach and the bank at on the low tide at San Remo.
From those chasing pinkies or whiting one by-catch that has been well worth putting up with this season is the flathead that are around at the moment.
We have seen probably the best catches of flathead from in the bay and Cleeland Bight this season since we have been in the shop.
This week was no exception with one customer managing one around the 70cm mark and several others reported around 60cm and plenty of other keepers.
Although no one in the bay is reporting a box full of fish they are getting enough for a feed and there are not too many table fish better than flathead.
Again this week most customers are reporting mixed bags of fish with some reporting up to seven species while out for the day.
Although there are a lot of species are not eating fish there are opportunities to collect a bit of fresh bait for the next time you go out.
If you are collecting fresh bait do yourself a favour and buy a vacuum sealer and when you need to use the baits they will be as fresh as the day you caught them.