tightlines-11-02-2014King George Whiting numbers are set to increase substantially.

Warm conditions continue to see good numbers of fish being caught but in the middle of the day in the recent heat waves the action has slowed down.
The best results have been when the mercury is a bit lower earlier in the morning or later on in the day, which makes sense.

Surf:

Not a great deal of reports but there have been a few salmon being caught in the early mornings or later in the evening going into the night.
Salmon has been the main catch but there has also been a sprinkling of gummies and flathead making the effort worthwhile.

Inverloch:

The positive reports continue with land-based anglers doing very well just inside the entrance.

This is where gummies are being caught on the run in tide in good numbers.
There are some very big ones among them which would indicate that they are females and possible in pup.
If you can, return them to the water so that they can continue to breed.
Good size whiting continue to be bagged where they have been to the 38cm mark where Bass yabbies and pipis seem to be the best of the presentations.
Mullet are and have been in very good numbers and turning up in large schools along with silvers and the occasional stingray that is perfectly useless and is best returned to the water to annoy someone else.
King Gorge came across visiting angler Danny Lawrence at Pensioners Corner trying out his luck on the run in tide.
He had a mixed bag of flathead, silvers and one very good size mullet and he was happy.
There have been many similar reports from this area and the best time to try your luck is at low water or both sides of low water as this is when the current is not too strong.
The newly renovated jetty has been very popular with land-based anglers but many have been there in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest and the fish will head to deeper water.
The best time has been in the cooler parts of day when there is a run in tide.
Boaters have been very happy with their results in the area known as the Snags where good size whiting continue to be caught at low water.
They are traditionally up to the 45cm mark and better if you are not afraid of the underwater furniture as this is where the areas gets its name.
Having done that the results can be well worth the effort.
Mahers Landing continues to produce and the only minus is that there is a fairly shallow grade on the boat ramp and the best time to launch boats is at high water.
There is a mixed bag of fish to be had where pinkies are in good numbers to the 3kg mark.
Quality size flathead are being caught on the run off tide where they lay in wait for their prey to come off the mud flats into the channels.
This is where soft plastic lures and a variety of baits have been doing the job.
Again there are many very large gummies that will be caught and unless you really want them, they could be females in pup; consider returning them to the water to breed and also to swim and fight another day.

Shallow Inlet:

The results continue to be positive in this remarkable stretch of water that appears to be not much more than a splash of water on most maps.
The area always seems to fight above its weight and this is the situation at the time of this report.
Andrew Starrett who runs local caravan park says that the fishing has been great and with the water at summer temperature.
Bill Reynolds is Andrew’s right hand man and says that over the weekend the Boolarra Fishing Club had a competition.
The conditions were not all that flash with a very hot wind blowing but there was a sprinkling of fish that included whiting to the 43cm mark caught along with reasonable size flathead, silvers and salmon.
The area has been plagued with that dreaded east wind and when this happens, unless of course it is a howler, the best place to wet a line is just out the front of the caravan park in the tree line where there will be some protection.
Bill said that the temperature reached the 43 degree mark and when the cool change hit a few minutes later he went for the jumper. How about that?

Port Welshpool:

Information from the boat storage is that the persistent east winds have done nothing for the fishing.

In fact things have been very quiet with snapper hardly making an appearance apart from a few small ones being taken off the jetty on the run in tide.

There has been a fair bit of action around Cliffy Island area where some striped tuna have been bagged along with some very good size king fish.
There have been quite a few bronze whaler sharks being caught to the 35 metre mark which is good news along with a sprinkling of makos but the whalers seem to be in far better numbers.

Port Albert:

The good fishing continues in this part of the world where Phil Janson who runs the Sea Bank caravan park says there have been plenty of gummies being bagged about 5km out from McLaughlins beach.
There have also been good numbers of pinkies to the 3kg mark.
He says that there are also good numbers of gummies being caught between Manns and McLaughlins beaches.
Very good quality flathead seem to be taking only fresh prawns and leaving the frozen variety alone for some reason.
There are big numbers of prawns to be caught in the area and this could be the explanation.
At the General Store Britney says that Jarrod Swift caught a very nice 20kg mako shark.
She says that there have also been good numbers of whiting being caught inside the inlet.
The jetties have been getting a very good workout where salmon, pinkies and mullet are making a visit to the area well worthwhile.

Lakes Entrance:

Flathead up to 47cm have been landed in Reeve Channel, around Kalimna and under the footbridge. Pilchard and prawn are best baits.
Bullock Island is producing trevally as well as bream off the Post Office Jetty.

Lake Tyers:

Large flathead are throughout the lake and around No2 Jetty.
The area known as the flats is best fished at dawn, and deep water, during late afternoon.
Plastics, prawn and pilchard are taking fish.
Bream have been caught amongst weeds on prawn.

Mitchell River:

Bream and flathead are biting around the flats, at the mouth and up to Shandoof Lodge, using diving plastics and prawn.
Some estuary perch are still near the highway bridge.

Tambo River:

The Poplars and Howletts Flats are the best spots for bream, on peeled prawn.

Nicholson:

The jetty and deep water between the two bridges, are good for large bream using prawn.

Metung:

The Metung Jetty to the Marina is still producing bream, and the odd King George whiting. Best bait is pipi and peeled prawn.

Paynesville:

Big bream can be found under the jetties using shrimp and prawn. A few tailor are taking metal lures.

Hollands Landing:

Medusa Point has good size bream biting on spider crab and prawn.

Marlo:

Plenty of luderick, mullet and bream are prevalent in the estuary. Prawn, sandworm and yabbies are producing fish.
Offshore there have been salmon, tailor and tuna have been caught on metal lures and bait. A marlin was also spotted.

Bemm River:

Flathead are still being taken in the channel, on vibes, soft plastics and prawn.

Tamboon:

Egans Bank has bream, luderick and flathead, taking sandworm, prawn and soft plastics.

Mallacoota:

Luderick are still active around the main wharf.
The bottom lake has bream and flathead to 40cm being landed on soft plastics, prawn and yabbies.
The top lake has bream, trevally, sand whiting, tailor and the occasional large mulloway.

Keep the fishing info coming to King George on snafu1@dcsi.net.au or 5672 3474. Good Luck and Tightlines.

Around the Bay

By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo

Firstly thankyou to everybody for their responses to my article on boat licences, please remember what I write are opinion pieces and should be read that way and not taken too personally.
The main part of the report that most agreed with and had several stories about was the incorrect use of lights at night, the concern was the amount of stories we had.
Another thing I have been asked to remind people about is to turn your lights off on your car when you are on the boat ramp launching or retrieving.
A couple of rules that many people are unaware of or don’t realize applies to them is the wearing of life jackets, apart from the obvious boat size restrictions.
Regardless of the size of your boat, you are required to wear a life jacket when you are the only person in your boat and it is underway.
Underway includes launching and retrieving, traveling or even drifting.
You are considered to be the only person on the vessel when you are boating with a child or someone of limited strength or mental capacity.
If there is another person on board with you, they must be capable of manoeuvring the vessel around to get you if you are in the water pulling you back on board if you fall out of the vessel and cannot help yourself returning the boat to the jetty or beach if you are incapacitated calling for help.
I am sure we have all been guilty of either of both of the above rules.

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It has been all about offshore fishing lately and the weather played its part for much of the week and the fishing at times was as good as the weather.
While the fish aren’t jumping into the boats the reports this season are 100 per cent better than last season.
We are also starting to see people targeting and putting in the time needed to catch kingfish and it is paying off for them.
No doubt most have seen the various reports of the couple of bigger kings being caught and I know of more than another dozen smaller ones from customers that generally keep things to themselves.
Although there are several methods being used to catch them the only thing common to all the catches is time on the water.
Poppers have accounted for a few of the catches and live bait for most of the rest but I know of at least two that were caught on a flathead rig and a couple on knife jigs.
Again this week we weighed several quality mako sharks and it has been the best season for a number of years for both quality and numbers.
The depth 40m and 60m has been most productive with Woolamai the best this week.
There are a lot of customers wondering what they are doing wrong as they can’t catch them but the fact is they are no worse off than the other 50 people out on the same day that didn’t catch one either.
Like the kings, for every mako report I get, I have had at least 20 other reports of people missing out.
The other thing that makes it frustrating is a couple of the makos caught this week were caught after only a very short time on the water, less than half an hour.
Flathead reports were a bit slower this week as most people were a bit too wide and some not even having a bottom bashing rod out, concentrating on the sharks.
Those that did chase flathead managed a feed without too many problems and came back with a very mixed bag of type and size.
For those fishing in close there are plenty of silver whiting and the odd school of salmon and couta but the yakkas and Slimmeys have been a bit harder to find.
Hopefully the water continues to warm up and the currents flow our way bringing the stripey back this year.
If nothing else other than to pick up some fresh bait it always pays to leave a bit earlier and troll a few lures – you never know what you might find, as was the case with the rumoured capture of a Bluefin tuna by an angler trolling lures for kingfish around Port Phillip heads.

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Back in the bay and whiting seem to be getting bigger and bigger by the day with less and less undersized ones being reported.
We have had some very good quantities of whiting over 40cm reported as well.
Most of the reports have come from boats but there were a couple from the land with a few starting to show up near the Boy’s Home at Newhaven and the beach at Ventnor.
There were a couple reported from the jetty at Newhaven and at one stage a big school were sitting under the jetty at San Remo where a few were landed.
Calamari continue to be small from san Remo jetty but still good in number and the only bigger ones are coming from the boats.
The calamari from the beach in Cleeland Bight and Ventnor like the jetty are not very big but more than respectable.

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Don’t forget the San Remo Sports Fishing competition coming up in a few weeks so drop in to the shop and pick up an entry form or drop us an email and we will send one out.
We will be having our annual sale again this year and it will be on the Sunday, March 9, which is also the same day of the San Remo Fishing Festival so bring the whole family and look around the specials while the family joins in the festivities.

Victoria’s mighty fighting whiting

KING George Whiting are known for their fighting qualities and are superb on the dinner plate.
Dallas D’Silva, executive officer of VRFish said King George Whiting are one of the most sought after marine species in Victoria.
“King George whiting have a complex life cycle. The success of the fishery is determined by a combination of factors, including spawning off Kangaroo Island in South Australia, the extent of westerly wind patterns that help carry larvae hundreds of kilometres and the health of seagrass beds in bays and inlets, which are a vital nursery habitat.
“By monitoring the number of small fish that settle in seagrass beds each spring, and knowing how fast they grow, scientists can predict future changes an abundance and catches.”
He said the latest forecast for King George Whiting in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port is for good catches now, moderating over the next two years and then rising again sharply.
“The fishery is expected to peak in the following three years due to one of the highest counts of small fish in many years.”
Dr Paul Hamer from Fisheries Victoria said it is important to remember whiting leave the bay by about four years of age, and then spend the rest of their lives in ocean waters.
“This means the fishery is highly variable and peaks and troughs in abundance generally only last a few years.”
Professor Greg Jenkins, from Melbourne University said new research is also underway to better understand the life cycle and assess potential spawning grounds off north-west Tasmania.
The research is funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and Victorian recreational fishing licence fees.
Mr D’Silva added; “Recreational fishing in Port Phillip Bay, Western Port and other coastal locations from Portland to Mallacoota contribute substantially to Victoria’s economy each year.”
The daily bag limit for King George Whiting is 20 fish, all of which must be longer than 27cm.
VRFish encourages fishers targeting whiting this season to do so responsibly and within the current regulations.
Fishers are encouraged to report any suspicious activity, along with vehicle and vessel details, to Fisheries Victoria’s 24 hour reporting line 13FISH (Phone 13 34 74).