OVER the weekend a large school of salmon decided to pay Cape Paterson a visit much to the surprise of those present, especially the land based anglers.
They had a ball and in short time had as many as they wanted and are looking forward to the next visit.
Rory Boyd and stepdad Brian decided to try their luck at Anderson Inlet on the Venus Bay side.
They were fishing in the mud flats from the shoreline at high tide.
Rory’s mother Mary was trying for mullet, salmon and eventually hooked into and landed a very impressive 40cm perch.
Rory’s rod then buckled over and after a long battle he landed a big gummy shark, which he suspected was a female in pup.
After a few quick pics he decided to release the fish and after a rest the big fellow swam away to swim and fight another day.
There have been other reports of gummies being caught inside the entrance as well as big mullet, flathead and silvers.
Pensioners Corner is still firing very well and further up the inlet there have been positive results in the vicinity of Mahers Landing.
The weekend has been very good as far as boaters are concerned where pinkies to the 3kg mark have been taken on the run in tide on a variety of presentations.
Land based anglers are also finding that a visit to the area is still worth the effort where there have been reasonable numbers of mullet, flathead and the occasional gummies being taken.
The best time for gummies has been on the top half of the run in tide and the results are even better when this occurs at evening on a full moon but we can’t have everything.
The great fishing continues with whiting to the 40cm mark being taken on both sides of the tides at low water.
Flathead, silvers and gummies are also being caught on a variety of baits, which include Bass yabbies, strips of pilchards and silver fish.
Tony Holloway is a regular to the area and said that on his last trip over his holidays he and a mate had a great time on the whiting that were all caught on strips of pilchards and pipis.
There have been many undersize gummies being taken which is a very good sign for the future.
Snapper to the 4kg mark are also being caught and the good fishing should continue as long as the weather conditions allow.
Information from the boat storage is that the wind has been persistent but there have been reasonable bags of whiting and snapper being caught by those boaters who know where to look.
There have also been quite a few salmon turning up in large schools and are being caught on a variety of shiny lures.
There have been late reports of whiting being caught by boaters at low water that have been tying up at the long jetty.
The royals have not been record breaking size but being to the 37cm mark, they are well worthwhile going after.
The local jetties have been very productive where salmon, silvers, mullet and leather jackets are being caught in good numbers.
Those big conga eels are still being caught where best results seem to be on the run in tide.
Inside the inlet whiting, flathead, silvers and gummy sharks are being caught in good numbers by boaters.
Outside the entrance the fishing has been very good where good size snapper, gummies and flathead have been bagged in around the 20 metre mark.
Bottom feeding bream are being taken around the town jetties on prawn.
The surf is good for salmon where the best baits seem to be pilchard and yaks.
Rigby Island and Channel for salmon, taking prawn and blue bait.
Off shore there have been good numbers of pinkies, snapper and flathead in 18 – 20 metres of water along with plenty of gummies.
Best of the baits include pilchard and squid.
Plenty of fish about. Pinkies, bream and gurnard are in good numbers with sizes ranging from 25 – 40cm taking prawn and pilchard.
In the bottom lake, flathead from 50cm and upward, best bait is plastics, prawn and pilchard.
Best results are in deep water.
Along Whelans Road and down to Sandys Bluff are the best spots for bream that seem to prefer peeled prawn.
Large flathead are cruising the Silt Jetties and at the river mouth from The Cut up to Shadoof Lodge where bream are taking cured sandworm.
Flathead are being caught on small plastics.
Perch are also about in fairly good numbers.
From the Car Bodies and up to the Strait Six are the best spots for bream, which are all good sizes. Best bait being prawn.
From the Marina and up to Chinamans Creek are the best spots for bream, which are biting on prawn. Also the odd whiting is cruising about.
Try Shallow Banks towards the evening for flathead.
Tailor are still chasing silver metal lures at Wattle Point.
Garfish are to be found at the Long Spit which is at the back of Raymond Island using a float and Emu Bite is also producing mullet.
Both varieties are biting on sandworm.
Bull Point and down to Blonde Bay is the best spots for bream.
Luff Point is worth a look. Best bait being prawn.
Estuaries are producing bream, mullet, luderick and perch.
They have been biting on prawn and one arm bandits.
The Entrance and surf are producing salmon, tailor and gummies on metal lures, soft plastics, eel and squid.
Offshore has been good for a mixed bag of fish.
News from the Cosy Nook fisherman’s accommodation is that the entrance is still closed and will be that way until the next heavy rains.
The area is well worth a visit with a very good variety of fish being caught.
Rob Foster says that there are plenty of prawns and even though they are a bit on the small side, they will quickly grow about an inch a month.
There have been good numbers of quality bream, perch, luderick and flathead in the lake where fish in excess of the 1kg mark have been common.
The best baits include Bass yabbies, sand worms and prawn.
Pelican Point, Old Man Point and past the Camp Site are the areas worth working for bream.
Best bait being prawn and soft plastics.
There is plenty of mullet, luderick and flathead.
The entrance is still open.
Top and bottom lakes for bream, all good sizes on yabbies and prawn.
Yellow Fin Bream at Gowind Sand on yabbies.
Luderick have been caught at main wharf on weed.
Flathead are in the bottom lake, chasing metal lures.
Offshore is good for gummies, flathead and some king fish, best bait being pilchard.
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
A licence to drive a boat is a bit like a licence to drive a car – some people just shouldn’t have one.
The main difference is of course when you get your car licence you have to actually do some practice to get it whereas a boat you answer a few questions, often in a course that has a no failure rate and pay some money.
Accidents happen even to experienced boaters and tragically of recent times we have seen people lose their life in boating accidents with the reason often difficult to work out because there are no skid marks or witnesses like many car accidents.
We can only hope that we don’t see a knee jerk reaction from authorities with new rule changes and more expenses for boaters.
I think most of us would welcome a better licencing system where some type of practical experience is gained before the licence is handed out.
When you get your licence you answer all types of questions but nothing is done to ensure you understand the simple things associated with boating.
Simple things like backing your boat down the ramp, launching and retrieving your boat, etiquette at the boat ramp, the difference between wave and swell, the effect wind direction has on tide and the list could go on.
While you might read this and say nobody could be that stupid, come and stand behind the counter here and listen to some of the comments from those who own boats – you will soon change your mind.
It’s easy to just add more and more safety items to our boats but maybe it’s time that authorities looked at implementing a practical section to the licence.
Yes it would cost more money to get a licence but a five minute practical can often be better than an hour of theory and if it means new boaters will have a better understanding of what they are doing it will ultimately help everyone.
The above was bought about because of the amount of comments I have had this season as well as what I have seen while on the water or at the ramp.
There have been comments about all types of situations but one that was mentioned over and over was the use of lights on boats out at night time; boats traveling with only their anchor light and no navigation lights or boats sitting at anchor with all lights, just navigation lights and worse still boats travelling or at anchor with no lights at all.
I have no issue if you want to put yourself in danger but I do have an issue when you put me in danger through your stupidity.
The fishing continued to be reasonable this week and with some better weather a few more days to get out onto the water.
Land based has continued despite the drop in number of people fishing with holidays over for most.
There have been some good reports from Newhaven Jetty this week with several pinkies and gummies caught.
While no monsters they have been more than size and well worth the effort and a good feed for the table.
I also had reports of whiting, flathead and salmon from the jetty with several schools of garfish showing up in the evening but not wanting to take bait.
San Remo Jetty was good with calamari, as usual, the best of the species caught.
There were also a few flathead, salmon and plenty of wrasse and I was told of two small pinkies.
The calamari were best early morning, change of light or just on the change of the high tide.
Several reports came from Cleeland Bight both from the beach and the boats and like the jetty quite a few were caught on baited jigs.
Artificial jigs still the best but picking the colour has been very difficult and this week is the first time for months there has been any sort of pattern with reds and greens the best but white still the most popular we sell.
There have been plenty of flathead on the dinner tables this week with conditions offshore clam enough for most to get out.
They have been all over the place with no real pattern other than they are in small schools and a bit of work with the GPS will be needed to get your bag.
There are some good schools of silver whiting and while most use them for bait they are quite good eating especially the bigger ones that are a bit easier to get a fillet off.
You can cook them in many different ways and some of my customers even pickle them.
They can be hard to catch if you are fishing for flathead and you often don’t notice the bites especially with the bigger hooks.
You won’t catch that many from off the bottom but you will feel them rattling away as the bait goes down.
To catch them a simple paternoster rig with short leaders and a size 6 long shank with a very small piece of squid will catch all the sliver whiting you want once you find them.
The whiting are getting bigger and they do grow very quickly this time of the year so with the amount of undersized being caught at the moment, providing they are being returned to the water in good condition there should be some good whiting fishing over Easter period.
For now it’s just about picking through the smaller fish and you will eventually find some bigger ones.
The story is the same all over the bay with mixtures of sizes being caught.