By King George
AMANDA Kellar decided to try her luck through the week at Inverloch and caught a nice pinkie along with a mullet and a very good size whiting.
To her surprise she then bagged a very good size elephant shark, which was the first time she had caught one from the beach.
She said she first thought it was an eagle ray as it went for a massive run but then as it got it closer to shore it put on quite a show jumping and splashing out the water.
She said she was grateful that the shark chose a rod with the heavier line.
Just before this report she had been out yet again and managed a very nice flying gurnard, which was also a first, and she was again very happy with her efforts.
Outside the entrance there have been good numbers of flathead being caught mainly on the drift where they have been to the 6kg mark with squid, pilchards and fish fillets being among the best of the baits.
Flathead have also been in good numbers along with plenty of salmon.
For those who know the area there have been good numbers of whiting being caught along with silvers and big gar fish, but good knowledge of the area is essential.
Inside the entrance whiting are still being caught by boaters and land based anglers on a variety of baits where low water on both sides seem to be the best time to wet a line.
Charlie Dawson and a mate from Narre Warren are regular visitors and through the week managed a very nice mixed bag of fish that included whiting, silvers and good size flathead that were all caught on pipis on the run out tide.
The jetties have been very popular through the week but there have not been any reports of success but hopefully this is only a short-term lull.
There has been a fair bit of activity around Screw Creek where perch have been taken to the 33cm mark as well as whiting and mullet where low water seems to the best time to try your luck.
Screw Creek has also been giving up quite reasonable numbers of bream that have been to the 1kg mark where Bass yabbies seem to the best of the baits.
Mahers Landing has been productive through the week where salmon, mullet and flying gurnard have been caught in fairly good numbers.
Elephant sharks are turning up on cue as to be expected at this time of year.
These strange looking fish are reasonable on the table but like all other sharks must be immediately cleaned on capture.
For those not familiar with them they are classed as sharks as they do not have any bones, just cartilage.
They also have a very nasty spike on the rear of the head and care must be taken when they are landed as they can inflict a very nasty wound.
Holidaymakers and locals are taking advantage of the great fishing conditions and this this should continue for some time yet.
Just as this report was going to press I received news from a visiting crew from Melbourne who had just finished a great trip.
Karen Starrett who runs the caravan park with husband Andrew said that Troy Halley and a boat crew have just bagged very good numbers of whiting, silvers, flathead and gummy sharks and are already planning their next trip to the area.
They are from the Dandenong area and say that although it’s a fair hike, it’s all worthwhile.
Rob Killury who runs the local general store says that all that remains of the famous old pub is a few walls that will be shortly removed and will be built from scratch.
The good news is that the General Store has been granted a liquor licence, which will do a roaring trade.
On the fishing side of things Rob says that there has been plenty of fish even though it has been a bit on the windy side.
Whiting seem to be making up the bulk of most bags as well as quality pinkies where a variety of quality pinkies have also made the effort well worthwhile.
There have also been good numbers of flathead being caught by boaters inside the entrance as well as big mullet that seem to be everywhere this season.
Big gummies are also in good numbers and it seems that given reasonable weather the great fishing will continue.
The jetties are also worth a try where big eels are being caught on the run in tide along with flathead, silvers and whiting.
Rob says that through the week his gantry was fairly busy with the biggest fish a 235kg mako shark that stretched the tape out to 10 feet on the old scale.
Adam Newton was the lucky fisherman off Cliffy Island.
Outside the entrance fairly wide there have been quite good numbers of king fish still being caught along with numerous gummies, flathead and bronze whaler sharks.
The great fishing continues in this great area where bream to the 1.5kg mark are common and taking a variety of baits, which included prawns, Bass yabbies and small strips of pilchards.
Of course there is hardly any need to use much more than prawns, as they are easy to catch in the inlet and in countless thousands.
Their numbers continue and grow where Rob and Christine Foster who run the fisherman’s units say this is one of the best years yet and this should continue for some time.
The entrance is closed so nothing can get in or out.
The beach has been giving up salmon to the 3kg mark and in very good numbers along with flathead and gummy sharks being caught with the best time being on the run in tide.
A visiting crew from Dandenong decided to pay a visit to the area and were keen to try the surf but after a few days in the lake they decided that they had plenty of fish and gave the surf a miss.
They will never know what they missed but they were not concerned as they had all the fish they wanted and some for their mates whose numbers seem to swell after such an occasion.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5672 3474. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
FOR some strange reason the forecast was almost correct for Sunday; as for Saturday and I know it can be difficult to predict but sometimes they just get it very wrong.
At Friday 4pm the forecast for Saturday was for cloudy day with light to moderate winds, Sunday a chance of morning drizzle and sunny light winds and Monday light to moderate winds with late rain.
By Saturday morning the forecast had changed considerably to Saturday strong winds all day, Sunday light winds and Monday strong winds.
Whilst they eventually got it correct, how it can be so wrong 12 hours beforehand I have no idea; maybe their window was stuck and they couldn’t open it to see what it was like outside.
While we all joke about the weather bureau the more serious side to them getting it so wrong is the person that trusts the forecast and heads out, often in the dark at this time of the year and getting caught in conditions they shouldn’t be in.
The other problem is there are half a dozen different sites to get forecasts and for some reason they are very rarely the same or correct.
Surely the information comes from the same spot?
It is probably the most asked question I get asked in the shop: ‘which forecast do you go by?’
It really pays to check all the weather forecasts and take an average from that and then just open the window and have a look.
Whiting continue to dominate the reports again this week but don’t expect to stop once and bag out as there is plenty of work needed to get a good feed.
Reports are coming from all over the place in the bay, from the open beaches at Sunderland Bay and Smiths Beach on the low tide and even the jetties at San Remo and Newhaven.
I had several reports from Ventnor Beach from in the evenings and a couple of reports off the steps near the Old Boy’s home at Newhaven.
The reports from the land based anglers were of reasonable fish with the ones off the open beaches the biggest in size with the best reported 45cm.
Although the boating reports came from all over the place the best area was around Dickies Bay and was probably where 70 per cent of the reports came from.
There was no real time or tide that was better and except for a few reports the story was the same with multiple moves needed to get a bag of fish.
The quality of the whiting is good now and we look like having a favourable run into Easter as they will continue to put on condition for a couple of months yet.
Pinkies made a return this week and we had our best reports of pinkies for a number of months and they looked like they had only just come into the bay suggesting we are getting another run which would match with the season so far being about a month late.
The reports came from two main spots, below the bridge near the red pole and from the Corals in about 8m of water.
The best of the reports came from Thursday and Friday of pinkies up to 48cm with a few reports coming in over the weekend of slightly smaller fish averaging around 34cm.
There were of course plenty of undersized pinkies annoying people all weekend but most got reward for perseverance.
The best time for all the pinkie reports from the boats this week was the run out tide and many came from just before the change.
A few elephants are starting to show up now and I would expect to see plenty more as the month goes on and people target them.
There were a couple of land based reports of elephants as well mostly from around the Lang Lang area and one from Cowes Jetty.
Gummies were plentiful if you don’t mind undersized ones and mixed in with them were plenty of small schoolies and even a few small hammerheads.
We did get a couple of reports of larger gummies but most came from those who spent most of the night in the boat.
Elizabeth Island and above was the best spot with a rumour of two mulloway coming from near Mosquito Channel sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning.
The best of the gummies we saw was just over 8kg taken at Gardners Channel.
The quality of the calamari is very good both from the land and the boats with the best spot from the land based being the jetty at San Remo and Cleeland Bight near the Sand Hill the best from the boats.
The best time from the jetty of late has been about one hour before the change of tide and if the change is around the change of light it has been even better.
The reports from the boats were all over the place as far as time goes with no real pattern.
We also had plenty of reports from Dickies Bay, Reef Island and Bass River of calamari and a couple of reports from just outside the entrance near Gull Island of bigger calamari.
Most of the calamari were caught on artificial jigs and was anybody’s guess as to the colour with most successful.
Offshore and flathead were a struggle with them scattered all over the place and a only one or two coming from each patch as you drifted over it.
The size wasn’t anything special with most of them under 40cm.
You could manage a feed over a period time but it was very hard work and we can only hope they come on soon.
There are a few smaller makos showing up now and we know of five that were caught over the weekend, mostly from Sunday and from east of the entrance.