THE good conditions continue and as a result so too do the fish.
The beach at Woolamai continues to give up good numbers of salmon that have been to the 2kg mark.
King George received a call from John Donaldson who is a regular visitor to this part of the world.
He was with a couple of mates and always likes to try his luck near the Anzacs where he usually does alright.
This was to be no exception as in a fairly short space of time they had a mixed bag of salmon, flathead and a couple of tommy roughs that were all caught on the run in tide on white bait.
There have been other similar reports of success off the beaches at Kilcunda.
The good fishing continues with plenty of boats on the water trying their luck.
Outside the entrance boaters are happy with their returns where flathead seem to be the main catch where they are to the 1kg mark and being caught on a variety of presentations.
Good size gummies are also being caught as well as plenty of smaller ones that are a good indication for the future.
There have also been quite a few rather large makos being bagged out wide.
These fish are dangerous as one crew found when they went out in a fairly small tinny, which was their first mistake.
They threw out rather large bait that was dangled under a balloon, a common practice and then waited.
When the wait was over it was very sudden as the balloon took off and the crew knew that they were in peril.
Suddenly the line went slack which is another mako sign and the next thing to happen was the appearance of a pair of big black eyes right beside the boat.
They eyes were supported by a big, big black head which belonged to a very big mako shark.
Suddenly there was a fear factor as the boat was at anchor, another mistake.
The fish that was still apparently hooked circled the boat and suddenly disappeared and the crew decided that they would call it a day and go home while they still could!
The message here is that mako sharks are a very dangerous fish and should not be tackled by inexperienced anglers.
They must not be brought aboard alive, as they have been known to cause severe injuries as well as damage boats.
It probably goes without saying but it is crazy to go after these fish in a small boat.
Further around towards Venus Bay just beyond the breakers boaters are doing well on the schools of salmon that are in good numbers.
Flathead are also making the effort well worthwhile.
As well as pinkies to the 3kg mark where pilchards, white bait and squid have been among the best presentations.
Back inside the entrance the area around the Bathing Boxes has been worth the effort and it seems that mullet are still in good numbers as they have been for some time.
Flathead, silvers and fairly good size mullet are also being bagged.
King George came across a visiting family who were trying their luck at Pensioners Corner.
The conditions were perfect with no wind approaching sun set and although at the time of the visit they had not troubled the weigh master, they were just having a great time and will be back to do it all again.
Karen Starrett who runs the local caravan park with husband Andrew says the fishing has been going along fairly well.
Stuart Lee is a regular visitor and over the weekend he managed a fairly good bag of silvers and flathead.
Things could have been better had it not been for the arrival of a rather large seal that made a nuisance of itself.
Stuart decided after a frustrating time he had enough fishing and left the seal to its own devices.
The worst thing that you can do is to feed these free loaders as they will hang around like a long lost friend, which of course, they aren’t.
There have been other reports in the area where boaters are happy with their returns with salmon being caught to the 40cm mark along with gummies, silvers and big mullet making the effort worthwhile.
Outside the entrance where have been good reports of king fish being caught along with salmon and big flathead.
Gummies have also been bagged when conditions have allowed.
At the entrance there have been very good size flathead making an appearance with best results being on the run off tide.
The Lewis Channel has also been productive where whiting a are to the 38cm mark with Bass yabbies and pipis doing the job.
The footbridge in the early morning for trevally, best bait is pilchard fillets.
The surf has salmon on pilchard, and lots of prawns to be had.
The Channels have King George whiting and bream on prawn.
Offshore is good for pinkies, flathead and gummies using salmon fillets and pilchard.
Lots of bream and flathead, using lures, prawn and soft plastics.
All parts of the lake have been fishing well.
Big tailor around 50cm at Blackfellows Arm chasing metal lures.
Plenty of bait fish are also around.
Soft plastics are producing bream and flathead, best spot to try is from Shadoff Lodge towards the mouth at Eagle Point.
Some estuary perch are being caught at the bridges on prawn.
From Sardine Flat and up to Marshall’s Flat, sandworm and peeled prawn are best baits for bream.
The two bridges are the best spots for bream, using prawn. Also the Cliffs and Car Bodies are worth a try.
Bancroft Bay, Shaving Point and down to Lake King are the places for king George whiting and bream, using pipi and peeled prawn.
Progress Jetty and the Yacht Club have flathead chasing soft plastics.
Bream are around the town jetties, using live prawn.
The Straights have luderick taking local weed.
Bull Bay and up to Jones Bay and the mouth of Toms Creek for bream on crab and worm.
Big flathead at Marlo chasing metal lures.
Luderick are at the Rock Groynes taking sandworm.
From the Snowy River Bridge and down to Marlo, bream can be had on prawn and worm.
The surf for salmon, tailor and gummies.
Offshore for a mixed bag of gummies and flathead, using fish fillets and pilchard.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
A STATEMENT I hear often in the shop is ‘just heading out for my last trip on the, insert whatever fish they happen to be chasing’.
When I ask why is it your last trip the answer usually is because it’s not the season for that fish anymore.
Many of these comments are from those who fish offshore for fish like Makos, kingfish and flathead or in the bay its fish like snapper, gummies and whiting.
While there can be better times of the year to fish for some species seasons are usually created for the angler especially when you talk about those cold winter months.
Makos and kingfish are perfect examples of this with no one fishing for them in the winter even though we have some perfect days to head out for a drift or to tow a few lures around.
There are many things you can learn from the various research programs and studies that could help you catch more fish and a lot of the information has come from the static and satellite tagging programs.
It’s been found from the recaptured kingfish that they don’t actually travel very far and are often recaptured in the same area or a couple of kilometres from where they were originally tagged.
It’s assumed that kingfish around here are only a summer fish but the research would suggest that they are most probably still in the area during the winter and maybe worth a bit of a look on one of those fine winter days.
Makos also are thought to be only a warmer water fish but from the satellite tagging it’s found that makos spend the majority of their time in water around the 16 degrees and will come into warmer water to feed.
If you have ever been to Portland chasing tuna in May early June there is usually still plenty of makos to be found although the water temp is getting close to 14 degrees and below.
Makos obviously travel to feed and will go where the food is but during the winter here you can still find schools of yakkas and couta and of course plenty of salmon so they will stay around and those traveling past are likely to stop.
You will catch flathead offshore all year round and some of the reefs are worth a look for gummies and resident snapper.
In the bay especially over the last few years it seems to be far healthier with plenty of bait fish all year round and I get reports even through the winter months of snapper and whiting and of course gummies are an all year fishery.
I think your expectation should be lower during the winter mainly because with the colder water fish are less active and don’t need to feed as often as they do in the warmer months and you may need to use all the things you know to find the fish but it is still possible to come home with a feed.
On weekends during the summer months there will be 500 boats covering a large area while during the winter months there will be a dozen boats trying to cover the same area, maybe that’s the main reason why more reports come in during the summer and not that the fish are out of season.
Just seems like I am just repeating myself but the whiting reports continued this week as did the stories of how hard they are to find but once you found the right area you could manage a feed without many problems.
Most of the reports coming in are of whiting around the 34 to 38cm and very healthy.
I have seen a couple over the 40cm this week and the only pattern has been below the bridge on the run out and above the bridge on the run in tide.
Plenty of pinkies this week trouble is most of the pilchards used for bait are actually bigger than the pinkies.
There were a few pinkies reported and most of them came from Elizabeth Island or above and even further up towards Temby Point and Lang Lang.
I didn’t actually see the fish but there was a report of a couple around the 5kg mark caught as well.
Gummy reports were the same as the pinkies with areas like the Corals and Cowes producing plenty but very small and the bigger ones caught around Corinella and Lang Lang.
Several elephant fish were also caught by those chasing gummies and pinkies and with the bag limit of only one it wasn’t difficult to bag out.
I know landbased reports have been missing from the weekly report lately but it’s not because I haven’t had room, it’s because I just haven’t had any to report about.
There was the odd one during the week and most were typical of what you would expect to find in those areas – small salmon from Anzacs, salmon, trevally and plenty of rays from Newhaven, Cowes was a mixed bag and a few keepers but plenty of rubbish and while that all doesn’t sound too inviting the reports came from three people as there weren’t a lot out and about.
All was not a failure and a couple of reasonable reports came in in the way of fish for the table in the form of whiting and gummies.
Ventnor Beach and Boys Home Road didn’t produce hundreds of whiting but both did produce a few keepers towards evening and I had reports of a couple of gummies from the beach at Temby Point.
Calamari haven’t stopped completely but have slowed considerably both from the boats and the jetty, especially the land based with the tides not all that favourable but hopefully this week things will improve and we would expect to see the bigger ones turn up over the next month or so as they come in to spawn.