Well known Sandy Point fisherman Greg ‘Bucky’ Buckland won bragging rights for the week at least when he hooked into and landed a very nice tuna out wide from Cliffy Island on a fresh bait temptation.
The fish dragged the scales down to the 12kg mark and although not setting any records, certainly put up a great fight before being landed.
Greg has been fishing this part of the world for many years and says that this is not the first tuna he has heard of being caught in this area.
There have been a few other reports and the last he heard of was that a crew from Traralgon recently bagged a similar size tuna.
He says that there has also been quite good numbers of king fish being caught in the same area which is further good news.
Greg was in his charter boat called ‘Prom Coastal Charters’ and when contacted by King George, he said he was just about to go out and try to repeat the process but there was no word from him at this stage as to the result.
Just before submitting this report King George received news of an accident that occurred near the Prom.
A boat crew had their trip ruined when an unfortunate crew member had a large shark hook impaled in his leg, which could not be removed.
Help was radioed for and it is reported that ambulance members swam out on boogie boards to help the victim who was eventually taken to the Foster Hospital where the hook was removed.
This just illustrates that hooks and other equipment must be handled with care as the slightest mishap can have awful consequences.
Outside the entrance boaters have been doing very well on the drift where fairly good numbers of flathead have been caught.
The fish have been to 1kg mark where pilchards and squid have been among the best of the presentations.
Inside land based anglers are happy with their efforts with mullet, flathead and silvers making up most bags.
There have been a few whiting and gummies being taken but not as plentiful as they have been.
Good numbers of whiting, silvers, flathead and gummies are being caught on both sides of the tide.
Welhurst Appelby and a mate from Melbourne decided to try their luck in deeper water near the Snags at low water and managed some very nice whiting and silvers that were caught on pipis.
They had a few other moves that were unsuccessful but were not complaining as they already had a nice bag of fish.
There have been quite a few land-based anglers trying their luck from the recently renovated jetty but although there have been a few salmon and mullet caught, there has been plenty of water mixed in with the fish.
Mahers Landing has been popular as far as land based and boaters have been concerned.
Boaters are catching a good variety of fish on both sides of the tide with mullet, silvers, flathead and pinkies making the effort worthwhile.
Land based anglers have been having most success on the last half of the run in tide where flathead, mullet and the occasional gummy shark have been taking a variety of natural baits.
Not many worse things can happen to a town like Port Albert than have their pub burn down but sadly last Monday this is what happened to the wonderful old iconic structure that has been the place of so many gatherings and fishing stories.
The wonderful building was one of the oldest hotels in the state and had already survived being badly burnt in around 1899.
Unfortunately there was so much damage that very little could be saved this time and one of the most historic towns in Victoria is without a watering hole and for that matter a nerve centre.
The fishing however continues to be very good with the jetty still giving up good numbers of silvers, salmon, flathead and eels that have been taken mainly on the run in tide.
Information from the General Store that is run by Rob and Ulla Killury is that very good size whiting seem to be everywhere with fish to the 40cm mark not at all uncommon.
Inside the inlet there are also good numbers of quality flathead being bagged to the 1kg mark along with gummies, silvers and plenty of mullet that seem to be everywhere.
The General Store gantry has been getting a very good workout as far as bronze whaler sharks are concerned where fish to the 3m mark are fairly common.
There are also plenty of gummies being bagged and a trip to this area while the good conditions last would be well worthwhile.
They also have scales for the smaller species and for bragging rights they will also take photos, a service that has been getting plenty of work and of course is free.
Outside the entrance there has been plenty of positive reports were gummies, flathead and snapper are being bagged in pleasing numbers.
From reports it would seem that the 20 metre mark would be the most productive area to try your luck.
Good size King George whiting are biting in the channels around Fraser Island, on peeled prawn.
Luderick have been landed near the rock groynes at Jimmys Point.
Flathead are on the go throughout the system. Try pilchard and soft plastics.
The deep water past the channel markers is producing large flathead and bream using prawn, pilchard and soft plastics. The odd tailor is also lurking around.
The Cut and Mouth are still the best spots for bream, on prawn and vibes.
Some estuary perch have been taken at the bridges.
Bream have been caught around Bennetts Brook, using peeled prawn and sandworm.
The Car Bodies area is good for bream, on prawn and pipi.
King George whiting and bream are biting off the jetties and in Bancroft Bay. Best bait is sandworm and prawn.
Bream are active in the weeds around Point Wilson. Some King George whiting have been landed off the banks on peeled prawn.
Toms Creek has bream taking prawn, crab and sandworm.
The Snowy and Brodribb Rivers are both fishing well, with bream, mullet and luderick being landed on yabbies, prawn and sandworm.
Tailor and salmon are still around The Entrance, with trolled lures producing plenty of action.
Live prawn and soft plastics are producing large flathead in the channel.
The lake has bream and tailor striking metal lures and prawn.
Flathead and bream are prevalent around the campsite. Soft plastics and sandworm are best bait.
People are bagging out on bream and flathead in the bottom lake, using yabbies and prawn.
Luderick are still at the main wharf.
Gipsy Point and the rivers are good for bream around 1kg.
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
Although the weather made fishing difficult during the week I don’t think anybody would have complained about the much needed rain; I know we were grateful for the bit that went into our tanks at home.
The long term forecast for the next month or so is a bit more of this unsettled weather but warming up slightly and here’s hoping that will be the case especially for the next couple of weekends.
This weekend, March 1 and 2 is the South Gippsland Game Fishing Club San Remo Sports Fishing Competition which we run from the shop.
With some great prizes for nominated fish and a $850 tool box as a lucky entry prize, there has been plenty of interest.
With the forecast so far looking like it will be OK so we are expecting plenty more entries to come in but if you haven’t entered yet don’t panic as you can enter till 8.30pm Friday night and from 6am Saturday morning.
The following weekend is the San Remo Fishing Festival run by the Kilcunda-Bass Football Club.
There will be plenty of things to do both for adults and kids with food, rides, as well as the Australian Traveling Fishing Show giant fish tank doing demonstrations on lure casting and use.
For the few who ventured during the week out the results were mixed but the perfect day on Sunday brought plenty out, many heading offshore.
Behind the police station was also busy and quite a few stopped in Cleeland Bight on their way home from offshore with the quietest spot over at Rhyll.
Offshore flathead catches were good in number but size wasn’t anything to get too excited about with the average around 34cm.
There were a few bigger ones caught but they were the exception not the norm.
The same as in previous weeks for the flathead – small drifts in different depths then go back to the drift that produced the best fish.
Although we didn’t weigh any we were told about two makos caught; one about 25kg and the other bigger around 50kg both from the Windmills in 40m of water.
We are still getting plenty of reports of baitfish offshore and some big arrow squid.
The schools of baitfish have been just appearing at the back of the boats in the burley trail and were mostly slimmeys and small couta with the arrow squid in most depths of water but as much as 20m below the boat.
In the bay and whiting are still being caught in good numbers in almost all of the usual spots and more and more customers are telling me they are continuing to improve in condition.
Something I have been asked to mention by several of my whiting customers is the noise an anchor makes while being let out and how a noisy anchor can often spook the whiting badly.
While it is difficult to let out an anchor quietly, especially an electric one, there are a few things you can do: one is the money and spend the time and put a chain sock on your anchor chain or the easier one is if you are going fishing for whiting generally you are in shallow water so at the ramp or on the way, let out the amount of rope you think you will need; store the anchor in the back of the boat which will allow you to let it out by hand once you are there and will be able to do it quietly.
The other thing customers have asked me to mention and like the anchor it mainly applies when you are going to fish in an area where there are several other boats close to each other and that is the speed you either arrive or leave.
It’s just a bit of common courtesy I know but you would be surprised with the amount of people that think they are the only ones on the water.
I have had a couple of reports over the last couple of weeks of elephant fish starting to show up, not in many numbers yet but it is still probably a bit early and would expect to see a few more on the next moon.
Gummies are plentiful if you like catching undersized ones with the bigger ones a bit harder to come by.
We had more reports of bigger gummies lost at boats than captured this week due to anglers not being ready with the net or gaff.
There were a couple around the 5kg mark landed successfully and they all came from the island side of the channel between Elizabeth Island and Gardeners Channel.
Several reports of pinkies came in from Saturday and Sunday and all of them coming from the French Island side of the Corals or from those fishing for gummies in the Channel.
No monsters or in big schools but as one customer said a couple of fillets off a 32 to 36cm pinkie makes a good size meal and eaten fresh are probably the best eating of the snapper, far better than the bigger models.