The reasonably sunny conditions have seen boaters and land based anglers out and about on the water with some positive results which should continue.
With the windy conditions there have been better results as far as salmon are concerned which is good news.
Relative newcomer to the sport of fishing but a keen lawn bowler John Taylor was wondering about the qualities of salmon and the best ways to keep them.
The idea with these fish, like many other salt-water species, is to clean them in salt water if possible as if done in fresh water some of flavour will be washed out.
King George would rather have his fish filleted and eaten fresh in most cases.
Salmon are best up to the 1kg mark at most.
As they get bigger they then tend to have a bland flavour but in any case, are best when eaten fresh.
Many anglers like to eat gummies fresh but in any case they must be cleaned immediately as otherwise they will have a distinct ammonia taste and even the cat will knock them back.
They are quite all right to eat after being frozen.
As we know the fishing is up and down all the time and recently there have been very few reports of whiting being bagged.
Legends like Mike Yeates, who know the area backwards, says whiting have been few and far between for some reason and when he says this, well he usually is on the ball.
Of course that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any fish around at all, just that there is probably a bit more water mixed in with them than usual.
For instance, local legend Dino Tiziani decided to try his luck in one of his many spots and in fairly short time returned back with a very nice bag of 16 whiting.
The fish are around alright, and those who know where to look will have success, which is usually the story.
There have been quite positive results from outside the entrance where boaters have been doing well out wide where good size flathead are making up fairly good bags.
The odd gummy has also been bagged but there have not been any news as far as makos have been concerned.
King George came across Carolyn O’Shanessy at the Mahers Landing boat ramp with sister Cathleen and Tim Pearson.
They had a reasonable bag of fish that included a very nice elephant shark that was caught on the run in tide.
The surf at Woolamai has been good through the week where salmon have been to the 1kg mark and being caught mainly on whitebait.
Tom Johnson had a good day out with a couple of mates where they bagged 14 of the runaways that were all caught on the run in tide.
There have also been a few tommy roughs and gummies making a trip to the area worthwhile.
The best results have been near the Anzacs.
Information from the boat storage is that there are still whiting being caught in the Lewis Channel that are to the 36cm mark and being caught on Bass yabbies, squid and small strips of pilchards.
The area near the long jetty seems to be the best spot to try your luck and you might also pick up a few flathead as well as some quality silvers.
There have been quite good numbers of garfish being caught in the traditional way and they have been to the 36cm mark with best results being in the calm conditions.
The cooler conditions have slowed down the fishing but there have been some positive reports where quality flathead, silvers and gummies have been caught.
The jetties are popular with the best time being on the run in tide.
This is where there have been flathead, silvers, mullet and still some big eels have been bagged.
Make sure that you are rugged up as things can be fairly chilly while waiting for the action.
Mick Kollaris and Bill Athanasslies were fishing from the beach at Torquay last week and were hoping that their generous baits of bonito would attract something large and edible.
While there was nothing doing at first, they fished on into the night, and at around 8pm they hooked what turned out to be a bronze whaler shark of about 20kg, assuring them of a good supply of fresh flake for Easter.
Offshore has also been productive from Barwon Heads in around 40 metres of water last Thursday for Shannon Batten and Daniel Granvillani.
Barracouta were on the bite, along with a good many other species including slimy mackerel, pinkies and leather jackets.
Attracted by the action, a mako shark began circling their boat, even giving it a nudge every now and again.
This prompted the hasty rigging of suitable tackle baited with a slimy mackerel on a wire trace.
Needless to say it took the bait, and within half an hour or so the 90kg mako provided them with a fresh flake jackpot for family and friends over the Easter break.
They said that they will be back to do it all again at the first opportunity.
Thanks to Geoff Wilson for this report.
Trevally are being taken at the footbridge.
Bream are cruising around Ferryman’s Jetty taking prawn.
Flathead, salmon and whiting are being caught around The Narrows and Reeve Channel.
The surf beach is producing salmon.
Offshore, west of the entrance are good gummies, flathead and snapper.
Best bait being pilchard and squid.
The lakes system is starting to settle down.
As a result, bag limits have been scarce and the water is still a bit murky.
Perch are being caught at the highway bridge, sizes ranging from 25–30cm and even an odd 40cm fish.
Best bait is green plastics and hard bodied lures.
Bream at Shadoof Lodge and down to the cut and also around the mouth.
The best bait seems to be cut (spider) crab, worm and prawn.
From the poplars, Punthouse Point and down to Marshalls Flats are the best spots for bream that are taking sandworm, prawn and soft plastic lures.
Bream are still remaining in deep water areas.
The highway and railway bridges are the best spots. The car bodies and the cliffs are worth a try.
Bait of preference is shrimp and prawn. Also, give soft plastics a try.
Shaving Point and Lake King Jetty is worth a look.
Town jetties and the boardwalk are also good spots for bream that are taking local prawns.
The Snowy River and both lakes are alive with bream taking either frozen or fresh prawn.
The beach has plenty of salmon with gummies as well.
Best bait being squid and blue poppers.
Offshore is good for gummies, shark and flathead.
The entrance is open with plenty of bream about. Best bait being local prawn.
The Channel has tailor. Best results are trolling with metal lures.
Pear Point and down Bemm River to the Ocean where there is plenty of salmon and tailor taking pilchard and poppers.
Rock Groynes has been a good spot for luderick.
Bass, perch, bream and flathead are cruising from Tamboon Inlet and down to Tamboon South.
The best baits seem to be being prawn and sandworm. Also try the surf beach for salmon.
Offshore has been good for gummies and flathead.
The surf around evening is producing salmon and gummies.
Best bait being eel, poppers and pilchard.
The lake system has plenty of just sized bream, taking yabbies, but you will have to work for them.
Luderick are taking local weed at the launching ramp and some large tailor can be found.
The Narrows in the evening is producing mulloway.
Top Lake also has bream on yabbies.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on 5672 3474 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds from Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
Friday was definitely one out of the box with conditions we all hoped for during the season and we certainly won’t complain if we get more of it into the autumn.
As usual though it didn’t last long and Saturday it all fell apart, probably something to do with it being a weekend and we were back to our wind and rain.
Sunday the weather did another turn around and produced a very good day for fishing, problem was of course most people were heading back home after an extended stay and only a handful of locals were able to take advantage.
The cooler weather is dropping the temperature dramatically in the bay and unfortunately we are starting to see plenty of draughtboard sharks showing up.
With the cooler water it’s now time to start changing your fishing and start to target species and times rather than just a day on the bay to get maximum benefit out of your fishing time.
Having said that, luck still comes in to it and anything is possible.
At this time of the year though we do start to see a few patterns emerging, particularly with whiting, calamari, salmon and gummies; we actually start to see a few more land based whiting caught this time of the year which may have more to do with less boats fishing.
The best whiting spots, from previous reports are the beach at Ventnor especially coming into evening on the run in tide.
Behind the police station from the beach again on run in tide over the tide and the start of the run out, evening better but we do get several reports from during the day as well.
As for boating the best is Dickies Bay, Reef Island area when there is a tide change and light change that coincide. Evening is best and high tide change better that low tide change.
The size of the calamari generally will start to get bigger now as the water gets to their optimum temperature for spawning and the bigger ones come back into the bay.
Baited jigs will start to out fish artificial jigs as the water gets a bit dirtier but don’t put all the artificial ones away as it pays to cast one out behind a squid that has taken a baited one as they often travel in pairs.
The beach at Ventnor and Cleeland Bight in the late afternoon on an incoming tide and the jetty at San Remo on the change of tide, either high or low at any time of the day, is where we start to see more calamari.
I also start to see calamari caught more consistently from the Cowes jetty.
Gummies, areas like Temby Point and Stockyard Point start to see more people fishing and naturally more reports start to come in.
It’s also this time of the year I see gummies targeted more on the moon phases rather just trying for them anytime.
It’s the same for those who target gummies from the beach at Woolamai as well but customers will fish after dark just before or after the tide change.
Generally for gummies, four days before or four days after the moon is the best.
As far as which moon phase, half of my customers will say full moon and the other half will say new moon and the reports will back up both sides of the argument.
Salmon reports more than double throughout these cooler months and everybody seems to think winter is the only time to catch them but in all reality over the last eight years I have probably had a salmon report from almost every day of the year.
Some of the biggest salmon I have seen caught have come from the middle of summer and not the winter.
I think the whole thing about winter being a salmon season is more to do with far more people fishing the beaches in the winter because it’s too cold or rough for the boat.
Either way there will be plenty of people getting down to the beaches over the cooler months looking for a decent size salmon.
More people seem to prefer the run in tide but from the reports I wouldn’t say it is a must, especially when you consider salmon are a nomadic type fish and will keep swimming up and down the beach till they find some type of food to eat; the trick of course is to guess when they are going to go past.
Fishing this week was either a waste of time or the best session of the season and not a whole lot in between.
There were quite a few people out land based fishing over the last week with many of them people still on holidays from Easter and not necessarily knowing the area all that well.
The kids had plenty of fun as there were plenty of toadies and wrasse about and they were kept busy.
As for the adults not so much fun and decent fish were hard to come by.
Plenty of time sitting on the jetty certainly increased your chances but didn’t guarantee a catch.
As one customer told me, fishing on the Cowes Jetty most nights last week managed only a few small flathead and a couple of salmon when a visitor wandered down pulled up beside him and inside one hour had a 40cm pinkie, 35cm flathead and one calamari – some people just have more luck.
Newhaven Jetty was hard work but did produce a few fish over the week.
There were a couple of pinkies a couple of whiting a few salmon a few flathead and more trevally than we have seen all season.
There were a couple of days this week that the weed around the jetty made it difficult to fish and plenty of rubbish fish were also caught.
There was the odd calamari from San Remo Jetty with more from random times and tides during the day rather than the usual evening or morning.
Other calamari reports came from the beach in Cleeland Bight from visitors that just wanted something to do of an evening and the beach was a good spot to take the kids for a few hours.
Small salmon were caught both on lures and bait on all the Island beaches; smaller lures around 30grams and something with a bit of white or silver in it proving successful.
Kilcunda was much the same and no one was too excited about telling me about their catches as most were small.
Some good bags of whiting this week but timing was critical with Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights the best – it was a perfect few nights with the timing of the tide change and the change of light with the area around Bass River the best place to be.
With the cooler weather coming in I will now be reducing our hours and closing one day a week.
From May 1 I will be closed every Wednesday and opening later each day during the week and weekends.