Korumburra angler Rick Staples caught this impressive squid that dragged the scales down to around the 2kg mark.
By King George
WONTHAGGI anglers Alan Bentick and Gary Frankie decided to try their luck in the Mitchell River through the week as the conditions were good as far as estuaries were concerned.
As it turned out Alan said they weren’t disappointed and through the week they managed to bag very good numbers of bream that were to the 1.67kg mark.
They said from the time they arrived until they left it was non-stop fishing and not one undersize bream.
Although Alan and Gary brought a variety of baits the bream were only interested in sand worms and Bass yabbies.
The anglers are already planning their next trip and hoping for a similar result.
Locally there have been many reports of large squid being caught in big numbers.
They are being caught in the traditional manner, which is pleasing as far as anglers are concerned as they are great on the table as well as being one of the best baits available.
They do however have to do quite a fair bit in their life span, which is around 12 months.
Korumburra angler Rick Staples managed a very nice bag of squid with some nudging the 1kg mark, which naturally made him very happy and he is waiting for the next chance to get out on the water again.
On the topic of huge squid, Christmas has come early for marine scientists in New Zealand.
After waiting eight months, researchers were finally able to thaw out a 350kg squid in order to inspect the elusive deep-sea creature.
A forklift was required to place the colossal specimen into a tank, which was described as being as long as a minibus.
The colossal squid is the world’s heaviest invertebrate.
Colossal squids are rarely seen in daylight or alive, hence they are often imagined as mythical creatures of the deep rather than tangible specimens of nature.
Ancient sightings of the squid led to stories about the kraken, a giant sea-monster squid.
The team of marine scientists examined the creature at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, New Zealand.
This particular squid is a female and each of its eight arms stretched to over a yard.
At one point in video of the examination, it takes five people to lift the colossal fin; such is the weight of the animal.
Maybe this giant could answer a few squid questions.
Wonthaggi Angling Club:
Then club had its monthly competition last Sunday with 22 members and visitors at the weigh-in, which was sponsored by Inverloch Marine.
For once the conditions were near on perfect, which is a bit different to the typical competition day when anything can happen.
Eleven fish were weighed in.
The winner of the senior male section was Robert Thompson with a 1165gm salmon and the junior male section was won by Hunter Tiziani with a 660gm salmon.
The senior female section winner was Lyn Marshall with a 1220gm salmon and then Kerry Richards won the junior female section with a 365gm coutta.
The veteran’s section winner was won by Alan Bentick with a 790gm bream.
The conditions were fairly good over the weekend especially Sunday, which was warm and pleasant with a gentle breeze, which made for good fishing.
Steve Waldron and John Cutriss had a very worthwhile trip when they launched their boat off Mahers Landing and headed down stream near Stevies Gutter.
They were soon into the fish and finished up with a very impressive mixed bag of salmon and whiting.
John showed Steve how it was done but it didn’t really matter as the catch was shared.
There were quite a few land-based anglers trying their luck at Mahers Landing with mullet, silvers and flathead among a variety of reasonable size fish caught on a number of natural baits.
The good reports of perch, mullet and silvers continue where the best results have been from above the bridge to the mouth near the Double Islands.
The run out tide seems to be the best time to try your luck where perch have been taking Bass yabbies, sand worms and soft plastic lures.
Silvers and mullet have been caught mainly on sand worms and Bass yabbies.
Information from the boat storage is that there seems to be squid virtually everywhere.
Boaters are bagging very good numbers of the cephalopods, which are members of the teuthida group.
They are being caught inside and outside the entrance along with very good size flathead.
The only downside is that there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of whiting being bagged but there could be a number of reasons for the lack of reports.
One of the reasons could be the local football excitement; once that is past, fishing will take over once again.
The other could be the patchy weather but hopefully conditions will improve as warmer conditions begin to prevail.
With the weather holding last week, Danny Skene and Mark Stewart took an evening run along the western shoreline of the inner harbor where they picked up some promising marks on the sounder.
However, finding doesn’t always mean catching and it wasn’t until after dark that their squid baits attracted a series of polite enquiries that eventually resulted in the capture of several snapper to just on 6kg.
Fishing in front of the Mountain View Quarries on Saturday morning was Alex Andjelkovic, who caught another nice snapper of 6kg, once again using squid for bait.
On Saturday, Keith Fry, Andrew Phillips and Chris Stamalos made an early start off Barwon Heads in 40 metres of water where they caught a couple of nice gummy shark and a seven-gilled shark of about 25kg.
Also on Saturday, Jason Andrew and Mick Villeda headed out through Port Phillip Heads into much the same area where they caught snapper to 3kg, two gummy shark that they later weighed at 13kg apiece, and a much larger gummy shark of about 20kg that they released.
Jason was back out again on Sunday morning, this time with friend Daniel Neal and his dad Billy who caught a snapper of 3kg; but all was quiet after that.
At around 10.30pm a mako shark of about 90kg came up to taste the motor.
It was fed a bait on the appropriate tackle but it threw the hook after a couple of jumps.
On seeing the commotion, anglers in another boat, approached, and within a short time hooked up on what was almost certainly the same mako.
They played it for 40 minutes or so only to lose it beside their boat.
Thanks to Geoff Wilson for these reports.
The Footbridge platform has plenty of trevally taking prawn and lures.
Some luderick are being taken from the town jetties on weed.
Reeve Channel and the islands are producing salmon and tailor taking pilchard and lures.
All surf beaches have salmon, liking poppers and pilchards.
Bream and salmon are in the main lake.
Burnt Bridge, Blackfellows Arm and the Glasshouse for flathead.
With weather conditions varying the fish are on the move.
The entrance is still open.
At the boat ramp on the Mitchell River and from Shadoof Lodge to the mouth of the river, bream are taking local prawn and spider crab.
Sardine Flats through to the snags are good for bream with the bait of choice being worm and prawn. Also give Bennetts Brook a try.
From the Railway Bridge and down to Thumb Point is good for quality size bream around 50cm. Bag limits have been reached. Best baits being prawn and worm.
Chinamans Creek, the boat ramps and jetties have bream taking crab and prawn.
Box’s creek and Bancroft Bay is giving up quality bream, salmon and tailor on prawn.
Lake King and Tambo Bay are also worth a try.
McMillan Strait is worth a try for bream with best results are being had with small vibe lures.
Mullet in Newlands Arm and the backwaters are taking sandworm.
The odd tailor is taking silver lures around the main jetty.
Bull Bay and Toms Creek for bream taking pipis and prawn.
Spoon Bay and on towards the Red Bluff are also good for bream on prawn.
Some perch are out and about taking lures.
With fairly cool water temperatures the fishing is a bit patchy, but if you brave the surf beaches, salmon and tailor are taking poppers and pilchards.
The entrance is still open and the lake is producing bream that are taking a liking to sandworm and local prawn.
Aeroplane Rock, Peters Rock and into Shallow Lagoon for bream, luderick and trevally with the best baits being prawn and worm.
In the Bottom Lake salmon and tailor are taking flashing lures.
Luderick are at the main wharf, Captains Point and the boat ramp area, bait of choice being weed.
Fisheries Jetty has been good for bream that are taking yabbies on the incoming tide.
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 of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
IT’S that time of the year when many people take the boat out for the first time in the season and I am always amazed at the amount of people that leave the boat sit in the backyard all winter and then in the spring head straight to the ramp without checking it over or even starting it at home first.
It will only take a short time to look over your boat and a pair of muffs for the motor will only set you back a small amount of money to be able to start it at home.
When looking over your boat don’t forget to check all the lights and electrical items work in case the rats have been in for a feed.
Don’t forget to check your life jackets as they make a nice warm spot for mice to call home during the winter and if they start to chew on your inflatable one it won’t be much good when you need to use it.
Don’t forget all your safety gear, check the date on your flares, bailing buckets service date for your inflatable lifejackets, torch and batteries.
Ideally you should service your boat motor every year, this will depend obviously how often you use it but as it is expensive I know it’s not always possible.
What is possible though is for you to lift the cowl on the engine and look for any leaks or loose wires and give everything a good spray with a marine grade spray.
It also pays to put your batteries on charge for a while to bring them up to full charge before you use them for the season.
For the last couple of weekends the water police and fisheries have been out on the water checking safety items and checking your catch.
Nothing has really changed since last season and as long as you stick to your bag and size limits you won’t have a problem.
The same goes with your safety gear – as long as it’s all in check and your registration is up to date, you won’t have a problem.
I mentioned it before but don’t forget your inflatable life jackets need to be regularly serviced, in accordance with the manufacture’s specifications.
Another law that most forget (except for those who were fined last season) is that life jackets must be worn on all boats regardless of size when you are alone, and this includes when you are launching or retrieving.
Very slowly with the increasing number of boats on the water the reports are getting better with both the quality of fish and the numbers being caught.
Snapper are of course the fish at the moment but some quality table fish like whiting and flathead are reasonably plentiful.
Calamari is also finding their way to the table and the bait freezers in good numbers.
If you are fishing anywhere near one of the entrances to the bay at the moment you will be getting pestered with draughtboard sharks and it won’t be one or two but a dozen.
Those who persevered though were eventually rewarded with some quality snapper.
Surprisingly one species I had several reports of, especially over the weekend from Corinella area, was elephant fish and not the small ones we occasionally see this time of the year but the much bigger models.
The snapper reports this week have been in two main spots this week – Spit Point area and everywhere else.
Of the 20 or so reports over the weekend, five came from Spit Point and the other 15 all came from different places and typically this time of the year all different times of the tide and day.
I had reports from Silverleaves, Cowes, and Rhyll end of The Corals, Elizabeth Island, western entrance and Cleeland Bight.
It is fairly typical of the early part of the season to get reports like these with the fish moving around and not really schooling up yet which won’t happen for a month or so.
I have had some good reports from my land based customers especially from Cowes Jetty but not from the usual overnight fishermen but from those fishing during the day with the tide.
Most of the snapper have been around the 3kg with the best just over 7kg.
The Newhaven jetty hasn’t really started yet although there has been a few smaller ones caught.
The reports of gummies has been a bit better this week as well which like the snapper have more to do with more boats fishing than there being more gummies in the bay.
The best reports have come from the channel beside the island from long point to Elizabeth Island for the good keeping size ones and the bigger gummies have come from the bottom end of the Western Channel in between the draughtboard sharks.
There have been several reports of small undersized ones being caught at The Corals and don’t forget to measure your gummies correctly as I have had a couple of customers telling me of undersized ones at the cleaning table.
Whiting reports are now steady and the condition of the fish is excellent with most of the usual spots being productive.
There have been a few patterns with the whiting this week with the run out tide in Cleeland Bight and the evening better in Dickies Bay the best times although I did have a few reports from during the day.
The size of the whiting were better on the late tide as well with quite a few small ones during the day.
There were some very good quality whiting reported and plenty over 40cm and several people reported double figures as well.
I also had a few reports from Tortoise Head and from around Reef Island and Bass River.
Plenty of calamari reports from land based and boats with neither much better than the other.
The ‘normal’ is starting to happen now as we are getting into the season with artificial jigs better from San Remo Jetty and the boats and baited jigs better from the beaches in Cleeland Bight and Ventnor.
The only thing that isn’t ‘normal’ at the moment is the bigger calamari that have been coming from the jetty at San Remo and not from the beaches.
The best times from the jetty or beaches have been in the evening and the boats have been getting them from most parts of the bay.
Those who caught them in Dickies Bay used a combination of artificial and baited jigs with all of them under floats.
Ladies win Fathers’ Day fishing comp
THE Venus Bay Angling Club’s September comp was held over the Fathers’ Day weekend, September 5, 6 and 7, in fantastic weather.
All days of the comp were lovely and sunny with barely any wind, and tide times perfect for a few hours out on the water.
Saturday and Sunday saw a number of members putting their boats in for the first time this spring.
All winning entries were caught from boats out on the inlet.
It may have been Fathers’ Day, but the boys didn’t have it all their own way.
Prize winners were:
• 1st, Michelle Godfrey with a Salmon, 1740g for 870 points.
• 2nd, Joe Gristi with a Silver Trevally, 880g for 704 points.
• 3rd, Arthur Duckworth with a Silver Trevally, 800g for 640 points.
• 1st Non-Member, Janie Field with a Salmon, 900g for 450 points.
Angling for safety this snapper season
TRANSPORT Safety Victoria (TSV) is pleading with boaters to put safety first this snapper fishing season.
Figures from Victoria’s maritime safety regulator show that in the first two months of 2014-15, there have been more than 100 recreational boating incidents resulting in one fatality and three serious injury incidents.
TSV spokesperson Marty O’Connell has urged fishermen to check their vessels and their safety equipment before venturing out.
“The snapper season traditionally marks the commencement of the Victorian boating season. For many boaters, this will be the first time their vessel has been on the water for several months.
“At this time of the year, we typically see a spike in the number of broken down vessels because they have not been properly checked over the winter break. These breakdowns can result in a dangerous situation.
“Before you head out, make sure you thoroughly check your vessel. This includes replacing stale fuel and ensuring that batteries are fully charged.
“You should also ensure that you have all the correct safety equipment, such as lifejackets, flares and fire extinguishers, on board and in good condition,” Mr O’Connell said.
Being visible and steering clear of ships should be a priority when underway.
“While the days are getting longer, fishing in the morning at this time of year often means heading onto the water before daylight.
“To avoid colliding with other vessels, you must ensure your boat displays the correct combination of lights when underway and displays an all-round white light when anchored.
“If you’re fishing in Port Phillip Bay, remember that you cannot anchor in shipping channels or fairways and should always steer clear of ships,” Mr O’Connell said.
For more information about safe boating, visit the TSV website (www.transportsafety.vic.gov.au).