By King George
SALMON continue to dominate the local beaches where they are to the 3kg mark and taking a variety of natural baits and surface lures.
The best time seems to be on the run in tide and mixed in with them are flathead, tommy roughs and the odd gummy shark.
A visiting angler contacted King George saying how he had caught a red fish with big eyes and had quite a few spikes and asked what type of fish it might be.
It sounds very much like a “bull eyed gurnard”.
They have spikes that can inflict a rather painful wound and must be handled carefully.
Experienced anglers liken to have a thermos of warm to hot water but not so hot that it will cause skin damage, which can be applied to the wound on a sponge and should relieve the pain.
There are numerous species of gurnard but all are bottom dwellers and can be found in waters up to 200 metres deep and grow to around 30 to 40 cm long.
Another feature is what is called a drumming muscle that makes sounds by beating against the swim bladder.
When caught they make a croaking sound similar to a frog, which has given them the onomatopoeic name gurnard.
There is no size restriction on gurnard but there is a bag limit of 10 fish.
Salmon are still in very good numbers with individual fish being to the 2kg mark, which put up a great fight.
They are being caught on virtually any type of surface lures and natural baits.
Those boaters who brave the elements have also been doing well on the salmon plus a mixture of other fish which include whiting to the 35cm mark, good size mullet and flathead.
The jetty has had plenty of locals and visiting anglers trying their luck but it would be fair to say that although they have been doing reasonably well on salmon and mullet there is a fair bit of water between the fish but when a school makes an appearance the long wait is forgotten for the time being.
Mahers Landing has been worth a visit where boaters and landbased fishers have been doing reasonably well on both sides of the tide.
There have been quite a few boaters trying their luck in front of the “A” frame house where salmon, silvers and flathead continue to be caught in fairly good numbers.
Mullet are in good numbers with landbased anglers doing well from both sides of the boat ramp. King George came across Wonthaggi angler Nick Richards and his daughter trying their luck from the beach.
Nick said that they have been catching good numbers of salmon as well as a sprinkling of tailor.
There have not been any reports from boaters or landbased anglers braving the elements but no doubt there are fish around.
Karen Starrett says that there are vacancies at her caravan park, which is located on the foreshore at Shallow Inlet, and even though we are in the depths of winter a trip to this picturesque area would not be wasted as far as landbased anglers and boaters are concerned.
The whiting may not be in their traditional numbers at this time of year but there are good numbers of salmon, silvers, mullet and gummies to be caught on a variety of natural baits and salmon will take just about any type of surface lure.
Information from the boat storage is that there has not been much activity on the water-which is nothing unusual at this time of year.
Having said that it is also not unusual to have large schools of salmon make an appearance and when this happens the action is fast and furious.
When conditions have allowed, a trip to the jetties would be worthwhile as there are always the resident mullet, silvers, flathead and squid that can be found around the pylons.
The best time to pay a visit is on the run in tide and the eastern end of the structure seems to be most productive.
Colin James is a regular to this part of the world and is a keen landlubber who does not own a boat but on his last trip to the area decided to try his luck off the recently upgraded boat ramp area.
He didn’t rewrite the record books but did manage a few reasonable size flathead and salmon that made up enough for a meal for the family and he was happy.
Rob Killury who runs the local general store says that things are quiet in his part of the world with even the professionals staying at home.
He says that this occurs every year but there are still fish to be caught which include flathead, silvers, salmon and mullet that will put a smile on the faces of landbased anglers and boaters.
A visit he says would be worthwhile but check with his general store to get the latest on weather conditions.
Local town jetties are producing good numbers of trevally, bream and luderick, best bait being weed, prawn and glassies.
The surf beach has been good for salmon on poppers and pilchard. Offshore pinkies and morwong have been caught on pilchard and squid.
As a result of fresh water entering both arms, the fish are down to areas like Fisherman’s Landing and Gordon Bight. Bream are taking peeled prawns that are in reasonable numbers.
32-40cm bream are hunting around The Cut, taking soft shell and peeled prawn. Shadoof Lodge and the Backwater are producing good fish as well.
The River mouth is good for bream, taking cured worm. Marshall Flats and Three Gums are also worth a try.
Again the Highway and Railway Bridges are producing plenty of good size bream; with the best bait being sandworm.
The Boardwalk and Marina for bream on bloodworm and prawn. Nungurner Jetty is good for flathead that are in fairly good numbers and taking local prawn as well as a variety of soft plastic lures.
The King Street Boat Ramp Jetty for luderick on weed. Fisherman’s Wharf has been good for mullet that are taking taking worm.
With a full moon this weekend the surf beach is looking good for salmon and gummies, the baits to use are pilchard and squid.
McLennan Strait to Secombe Landing and The Wood-Pile for bream on worm and peeled prawn.
The beaches for salmon and tailor, the baits to use are poppers, blue bait and pilchards. The Backwater, French’s Narrows and The Slip have bream taking black crab.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on 56 723 374 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
The weather hasn’t improved a lot and probably won’t improve for some weeks to come as it is winter after all.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t go fishing, it just means it’s not quite as comfortable.
With the cooler mornings and wet days a rain coat and beanie has been needed and with the school holidays I have had some very rugged up customers coming in but they have actually had a bit of success.
As is always the case this time of the year it is very rare to come home with a big bag of fish but generally those you do catch are quality.
Landbased makes up most of the report at the moment and those holiday makers that bought the boat with them only managed to get out once or twice over the last couple of weeks which makes it difficult if you are new to the area but there were a few fish taken home with them.
Salmon make up many of those fish reported and one of the most asked questions is the best time to go to the beach to catch them which is almost impossible to answer.
I can only go on the reports that come into the shop to get patterns or the best times or places to catch salmon and from the reports I am convinced it is 90 per cent luck.
While this is something that can be debated forever because everybody has their own ideas problem is for the most part everybody’s idea is different but if it works for you don’t over complicate things by trying to change.
One thing that is common to all reports is time on the beach is the most important thing.
Salmon are generally a nomadic type fish that travels up and down the beach in schools looking for food the trick is being there at the same time they are going past.
Because of the way salmon do travel often walking the beach casting lures is very successful as you can cover a lot of area and all you need is a simple bag over your shoulder with a few simple things in it and not only that you can get a reasonable workout at the same time.
As well as salmon there were several mullet caught on the surf beaches this week mainly from Woolamai.
The size of the salmon hasn’t changed a whole lot and fish over the 1kg mark were unusual.
From the reports it was very patchy on the beaches but there were some big schools of salmon and when the schools came through if you were quick enough you could manage to put several on the beach.
The best of the beaches was Anzacs at Woolamai as it had the cleanest of the surf because with the Powlett flooded there has been a lot of weed and rubbish coming out on the outgoing tide and fishing Cemetery Beach was difficult.
I had a couple of reports from the beach near the bridge and while many were small there were a couple around the 1.5kg mark, the only problem was its an area that seems to attract plenty of draught board sharks.
There weren’t a lot of boats out but one customer managed eight reasonably good salmon drifting and casting lures in Cleeland Bight towards the entrance.
About the only other thing reported in any quantity was calamari although there weren’t a lot and customers told me they were hard work because of all the weed in the water.
Several customers, both boats and land said they could see plenty but the minute the jig went into the water it seemed to attract weed like a magnet and once the weed got around the jig the calamari went the other way.
A couple were reported from the beach at Woolamai by people using baited jigs where a bit of weed didn’t seem to make much difference to the calamari.
A couple of whiting, couple of flathead the odd trevally some couta plenty of draught boards, toadies and stingrays made up the rest of the reports that I had come in.
From the weekly rumours and second hand reports there were some more snapper caught midweek from Corinella on Wednesday night and a couple of gummies around 6kg from the barge hole at Corinella and Elizabeth island.
The new free tide charts are in for this year so if you are going past drop in and pick one up and don’t forget the promotion that is happening in san Remo this month if you spend $25 or more, fill in an entry to go into the draw for a first prize of $250 and several other prizes as well.
The new season’s stock will also start to filter in over the next few weeks.