By King George
Good conditions have seen an increase in the numbers of fish being caught but of course it is fair to say that there are far greater numbers of boaters and land based anglers wetting a line.
There has been a notable increase of surf fishers trying their luck and the main catch has been salmon as to be expected.
They have been to the 1kg and best results have been with whitebait, salted pipis and strips of pilchards.
A visiting crew from Melbourne, one of many decided to try their luck off the rocks at Kilcunda after reading a recent report in this column.
John Carrison and a couple of mates picked the run in tide on a day where there wasn’t much surf and managed 13 salmon between them that were all around the 60gm mark that were caught on white bait.
John himself also caught a very nice flathead that made the effort worthwhile.
The result could have been that much better if they had not missed a very nice gummy shark that dropped off after a long battle right on the water line and made good its escape but they were happy with what they had and will be back on the water at the next opportunity.
The annual influx of tourists has brought many keen to catch a fish from boats or land.
Outside the entrance boaters have been doing well on good size flathead, silvers and salmon.
A fair trek to Venus Bay is also worth the effort where just beyond the breakers has given up good numbers of flathead, silvers, salmon and gummies.
Back inside the entrance has been very popular where mullet continue to make up many bags but no one is complaining as they are very god size and good on the table if eaten fresh.
For the benefit of beginners they are better off eaten fresh and filleted.
The black stomach lining must be removed and this can be done when the fish is filleted property.
They are no value after being frozen and will only be any good as bait.
The jetty has also been worth a visit and there is plenty of room with the recent upgrade.
The big numbers of mullet seem to have thinned out at the jetty but there have still been some caught and a visit could prove worthwhile.
Further up the inlet there has been a bit of a battle as far as whiting has been concerned but there have been some positive results which should continue.
Mahers Landing is a popular spot as far as boaters and landlubbers are concerned.
There has been a very good variety of fish which include mullet, silvers, flathead and the occasional good quality pinkie.
For those who know where to look, there have been good size perch being caught.
Wonthaggi boater Jules Tiziani and son Hunter Tiziani can often be found out on the water around Inverloch which Jules knows so well.
On his last trip they ventured out and were spotted by some other boaters who don’t know the area as well.
Jules headed to one of his many spots where there is a very small window of opportunity.
They dropped anchor and in short time were into the fish which included a whopper perch, which was observed by the other boaters who it seems failed to make a dent on the fish population.
Just before this report King George came across a couple of locals trying their luck off the beach at Pensioners Corner.
Matt Toft and a mate arrived at evening at low water on the run in tide and had started off with a keeper size gummy shark that was caught on a whitebait presentation.
There have been numerous other reports in the same area of whiting in pleasing numbers along with flathead, silvers and mullet that seem to be everywhere.
Andrew Starrett who runs the local caravan park says that there has been a welcome change of conditions in his part of the world and some encouraging signs as far as fish are concerned.
He has noticed very large numbers of juveniles, especially flathead in the shallow waters which is good news for the future.
A visiting crew from Rosebud was spending the holiday break at the time of this report at the park and has been doing very well on flathead, whiting and silvers.
The water temperature is around the 23 degree mark which is approaching the summer level.
There are very large numbers of small gummies and similar reports have filtered in from all over the place and this is yet another positive sign.
This part of the world has had a run of windy conditions which has not seen the usual numbers of boats on the water on the eastern end of the inlet.
Prior to this there had been good numbers of snapper to a very impressive 10kg along with big flathead and gummy sharks.
There was a report of a mako shark that was around the 100kg mark caught through the week as well as reports of king fish.
On the other side of the inlet at Yanakie however the situation is much more positive even though it is just a short distance away to the west.
Loc Roberts runs the local caravan park located on the foreshore and says very good numbers of gummies have been caught off the beach.
A couple of tourists Loc knows as Joe and Pattie have been doing very well and are happy with the gummy numbers that they are catching on pilchards and whitebait.
One lady angler and some friends, Loc says, caught a very impressive mixed bag of gummies, whiting and five snapper.
Obviously a boat is not a must at the present time as the fish have moved in close to the shoreline with the warmer water temperature.
Loc says the park has the usual influx of visitors and he is receiving plenty of positive reports of good fishing but is so busy he can’t get out himself.
He says he will be out at the first chance as he has plenty of information as to where he should wet a line. He is happy to share this information.
Information from the local general store is that the fishing has been very positive with the water temperature on the rise.
As just about everywhere there are reports of huge numbers of small gummy sharks, many undersize but they will quickly grow.
Good numbers of snapper are being caught on a variety of presentations along with flathead where boaters and land based anglers are smiling.
One local Dean Bowtell likes to fish off his jet ski whenever he gets the chance.
Not everyone likes to catch fish like this but Dean says that he can get to spots that other craft cannot. Fair enough.
Although he has been doing well it seems that his last trip proved fruitless as after three hours on the water he had failed to trouble the weigh master despite trying his usual reliable spots. Maybe it was because he didn’t have partner Brindey to show him how to go about it!
The jetties have been going along well where locals and visitors are happy with their efforts with best results being on the run in tide.
Flathead are in very good numbers but there are plenty of small ones mixed in with the quality fish.
Silvers, mullet and gar fish are among a variety of fish that are making the effort productive.
King George would like to extend Season Greetings to everyone and wish you all the best.
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
This time of the year generally sees many of the reports come from the younger anglers that are down on holidays and this year is no exception with some very good land based fish reported.
We also get far more land based reports this time of the year with many of the holiday makers not having access to a boat with many of the reports coming from places not normally fished during the year.
Santa must have left a few rods and reels under the tree this year as we have also had a lot of people, many of them families taking up fishing for the first time which is always good to see.
If you are taking it up for the first time and are having trouble just drop in and we can help you set up your gear and hopefully get you a fish or two.
Unfortunately this time of the year also sees an increase in the amount of people that would prefer to borrow gear rather than do what the rest of us do and buy it.
Apart from the Esky and reel that went missing from our shop on Saturday I have had several people telling me that they have had gear stolen over the break.
I have also had a few telling me that they have arrived down to the holiday house and things have been stolen from their sheds sometime over the last few months.
Unfortunately not enough gets reported to the police as it is generally only a few dollars’ worth and chances of getting it back are slim.
The police would prefer that you at least give them a call to let them know what and when things were stolen as they are always finding goods with people that shouldn’t have them and although slim you might get it back.
What it also helps with is if several reports come from the same area in a short period of time they can possibly increase patrols in that area.
The fishing reports have been of most species.
Jetties and San Remo has been busy with squid fishermen having success all day with the best time still just before and after the tide; they are landing some good size ones later in the night too.
The weed has slowed things at times but perseverance has paid off for most.
I am also convinced now that jig colour has less to do with catching them and how you work your jig is more important.
We have lost count of how many squid have been reported over the last week and we have also lost count of how many different colours have been used as everybody has a favourite.
Of all the colours, white still remains the most popular followed by everything else.
Newhaven Jetty has seen some very respectable flathead caught during the day time as well as salmon, trevally and a couple of pinkies.
Later in the day towards the evening there have been a lot of mullet and a couple of schools of garfish and even a few whiting, both King George and grass caught.
The reports from Rhyll have been mostly of flathead, plenty of small ones but it is a good jetty for the kids to get started.
Cowes jetty, in between the swimmers has had a mixed bag of everything but a lot has been small and not size.
Cleeland Bight has been the best for the calamari from the beach closely followed by Ventnor Beach but both a bit patchy during the day with the extra activities of jet skiers and swimmers.
Flathead, salmon and a couple of whiting have also been caught in the same areas and evening definitely better for these once things quieten down but they are both good spots to go and sit with the family during the day and safe for the kids to run around.
Mixed results in the surf this week and a few different species with so many people fishing.
We have seen the usual salmon from Kilcunda and Woolamai beaches but nothing with any size to it.
Whiting have also caught from Kilcunda Beach, Smiths and Sunderland bay rocks and trevally and flathead from Woolamai Surf Club Beach.
Off shore and we are into a typical summer weather pattern with a few exceptions; the mornings have been good with an afternoon sea breeze.
Snapper have been difficult to find and we only know of half a dozen around or over the 5kg mark for the week with every one of them caught in a different area.
Most of the snapper reports have been of pinkies, many undersize and a lot caught by people who are out fishing for whiting.
There are not a lot of tricks to catching or even finding the pinkies and the only thing common to most of the successful anglers is plenty of burley.
Cleeland Bight and The Corals most popular but areas like the top light at Newhaven channel and towards Bass River and around Reef Island are always productive.
Whiting have been a challenge with plagues of undersize ones around and plenty of patience has been needed to find the bigger keepers.
Cleeland Bight hasn’t been too bad but more of the whiting reports have come from the kayak fishermen than the boaters.
Dickies Bay always produces; the trick as usual is finding the exact spot or even a vacant patch of water with so many boats around.
A few good reports from Tortoise Head of whiting of to 40cm and bigger, but not great numbers.
Don’t forget if you are fishing for whiting drop a squid jig over the side as both of these fish live in the same area.
With a few calm days plenty of customers have started to head off shore in search of a Mako or two and while still a bit early we know of seven already with 100kg the biggest and most of the smaller ones tagged and released.
There is a lot of bait starting to show up as well and you will find schools of slimmeys and yakkas out wide with couta and salmon in close.
We have also had reports of arrow squid from both wide and close but keep trying your jig at different depths till you find them; I find a paternoster rig with a couple of brightly coloured jigs and a heavy sinker works well.
We also had a report of a school of stripey tuna just outside the entrance on Saturday so it might be worth spending a bit more time getting to where you are going and trawling a few lures.
There are some good numbers of flathead but in small concentrated schools.
Start working around 35m and work your way out to 50m.
Slightly west of the Cape and east of the Punch Bowl the best but the section in the middle out from the entrance seems to be barren.