tightlines-4112014Travis was determined to have a fish on Saturday in very ordinary conditions and headed to a Landbased spot he doesn’t normally fish and was rewarded with a fish of a lifetime. A 51cm 2.04kg Estuary Perch. 

By King George

A ROUGH weather arrived and continued over the weekend and as a result boats stayed in the shed. Fisheries officers have been very active and warn that the penalties for undersize fish and breaching other regulations are very tough.
They also advise that there is a limit of 10 snapper where no more than three can be over 40cm and there is a minimum length of 28cm.
The regulations are not hard to comply with and if contacted they will freely give advice so there is really no excuse for not doing the right thing.
As well as a heavy fine there is also the risk of losing equipment which can include fishing gear, boats as well as motor cars which can mean a long walk home, without any fish.


Prior to the big blow there had been quite a few landbased anglers trying their luck off Williamsons Beach there were a few salmon were caught on a variety of presentations which included surf poppers, whitebait and squid.
There had also been the odd gummy shark bagged on the run in tide as well as the occasional flathead.
There have not been any positive reports as far as Baxters Beach is concerned.
Maybe the long 20minute trek over the sand dunes has been a factor but earlier reports have been that the fish have been a bit on the scarce side.
The five beaches at Venus Bay have had quite a few locals and visitors’ trying their luck and it seems that number three beach has been the most productive.
This is where salmon to the 1.5kg mark have been caught on white bait and sand poppers.


Up until the bad weather there had been many boaters and landbased fishers trying their luck and the results were encouraging.
There have been reports of small but well over the 21cm mark limit salmon being caught in good numbers.
They are very much under rated where fish up to around the 30cm mark are great on the table and are even better when bled upon capture.
The bigger salmon however are different but will put up a great fight all the way, testing both angler and gear.
That’s about it, as they are not considered by most as far as eating goes but do make great bait for the larger predators such as mako sharks etc.

Tarwin River:

There have been encouraging reports as far as fishing has been concerned where there have been perch, mullet, silvers and eels being caught from above the highway bridge down to the rock wall.
The best results have been on the run out tide with Bass yabbies, sand worms doing the job. Perch have also been caught on a variety of lures including soft plastics.

Shallow Inlet:

Karen Starrett who runs the local caravan park with husband Rob says that the weather over the weekend was awful and campers were worried that they might get blown away because of the exceptional winds and rain.
However just before the big blow there was a party of around 20 train drivers who had their annual fishing competition among themselves.
Steve Reig organised the event and they were fortunate to pick great weather and conditions.
They managed some very nice bags of fish that included gummy sharks, whiting and flathead that were caught on a variety of baits.
But of course the big winds and generally awful weather put a stop to everything and someone was heard to say that the only thing missing was a plague of locusts

Port Welshpool:

Information from the boat storage is that over the weekend there was not a great deal of activity on the water but there were a few die hards who defied the elements in what were winds around the 30 knots.
Through the week there were quite good numbers of salmon being caught inside the entrance to the 1.5kg mark that has been taken mainly on surface lures.
At the entrance there have been good size gummy sharks being caught on pilchards, squid and fish fillets.

Port Albert:

Over the weekend the area was like most other coastal locations that experienced awful conditions.
Rob and Ulla Killury run the local general store which is also the nerve centre as far as fishing is concerned and they say that not a boat or landbased angler to their knowledge ventured out which made sense.
However Monday was perfect says Ulla and she said that it was business as usual as far as fishing was concerned and they are expecting positive reports.

Lakes Entrance:

The town jetties are producing trevally on lures and pilchard. Reeve Channel at Kalimna has salmon and trevally taking similar bait.

Lake Tyers:

Large bream are biting between Black Snake Bight and Trident Arm on prawn Arm. Soft plastics and prawn seem to the way to go.

Mitchell River:

Good size bream are active between Eagle Point and the cut. Prawn, crab and shrimp are best bait. Trout are still being caught around Glenaladale on worm.

Tambo River:

Bream are biting between Burns Flat and the Lucerne paddock using peeled prawn.


Bream have been taken from the Highway Bridge to Swimming Hole. Prawn and shrimp are best bait.


The boat ramp at Shaving Point has been good for bream on whitebait and prawn.


The jetties have luderick that are taking weed. Mullet have schooled under the King Street Bridge. Bream have been landed in Newlands Arm on prawn, with leatherjacket at Bunga Arm.

Hollands Landing:

Griffin Point has flathead and bream biting on pilchard, prawn and whitebait.


The estuary and rivers are fishing well with bream, estuary perch, luderick and mullet on the chew. Prawn, sandworm and spider crab are best bait.

Bemm River:

The entrance is still open with the lake and river producing bream, flathead and luderick on sandworm and peeled prawn.


Bream and flathead around 1gk are in the Top Lake and Gipsy Point. Prawn and yabbies are the best bait. Some flathead are also in the narrows. The main wharf has a few luderick.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on snafu1@dcsi.net.au or 56 723 474. Good Luck and Tightlines.



Around the Bay

By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo

Every year we have a fishing story that sounds like it is straight out of the fiction section of the book shop and this year is no different.
It happened this week when a few local customers were out chasing a snapper like everyone else. Things were a bit slow and a couple of fish had been caught when one rod buckled over but before anybody could pick it up the rod decided it didn’t want to stay in the rod holder and the last thing that was seen of the rod was as it hit the water.
Before anybody could say anything the owner of the rod was in the water after it.
The next thing those still in the boat could see was the tip of the rod coming out of the water followed by a pair of hands feverishly winding line onto the reel.
With little tide running it wasn’t too far to paddle back to the boat and to the surprise of those on the boat as he was swimming back to the boat line was still peeling off the reel.
After everybody on the boat stopped laughing, as it was apparently quite a comedy to watch they helped him back onto the boat to then land what was the biggest snapper caught for the day.
After a photo or two the fish was released back to the water and talking to the angler he said he wasn’t sure he would do it again and was extremely lucky to find the rod under the water, rumour was he didn’t even lose his hat and glasses.
He was probably lucky it was a big snapper as they tend to have a powerful but very short first run when they will eat the bait and take off again where a smaller one might have just kept going.
Another quality and not so normal catch we had reported Sunday morning from a regular customer who wanted to go fishing Saturday but because of the ordinary conditions couldn’t go to his normal spots so tried somewhere different out of the weather.
Armed with his soft plastics rod and a handful of lures he started flicking them around and wasn’t long before he hooked into something with a bit of fight to it.
As it got closer to him he was having trouble in the dirty water working out exactly what it was and he was thinking small snapper or even a small mulloway.
But it wasn’t till he landed it he got a good look at it and realised it was an Estuary Perch and not just a EP but a 51cm 2kg model which is one of the best we have seen since taking over the shop, he caught in secret spot x and I can’t say I blame him for keeping that to himself.
Continuing on the unusual, which seems to happen at least one week every year we had a report of tiger flathead being caught at the corals another stargazer being caught in Cleeland Bight and a promising sign with a customer landing a 62cm Kingfish in Cleeland Bight towards the entrance and lastly we had someone catch a cuttlefish while chasing calamari at tortoise head.
The weather Saturday and Sunday wasn’t the best but the lead up to the cup weekend, Thursday and Friday was all but perfect especially as the fish played their part and from the reports more seemed catch fish than missed out.
It would take me three pages to list all the reports we are getting this like the last few weeks the snapper are spread around and reports came from 3m of water to 17m of water.
Some of the better snapper again came from the channel along French Island but on both sides of the channel whereas they have mostly come from the island side in recent weeks.
The snapper caught across the corals were very mixed in size and there were plenty of smaller fish under the 40cm mark.
The shallows of coronet bay didn’t produce a lot of fish but the ones that were caught all went over 5kg.
Very few reports are coming from below the bridge in Cleeland Bight and those reports I have had mostly from landbased fishermen.
The jetty at Newhaven and Cowes has also slowed considerably with only a couple of smaller pinkies reported and the best snapper land based this week came from San Remo jetty.
The baits for the snapper this week have been all over the place as well with squid and pilchard still the best but plenty of other baits, Couta, Slimmeys, Saurys, Salmon, Tuna and Cuttlefish caught snapper this week.
Some quality gummies this week again from the channel along French Island and even a couple from in the shallower water off Rhyll.
No monsters with the biggest reported at around a very respectable 6kg but several at this size and for the first time in a while plenty of complaints of dozens of undersize ones.
The gummy reports from land based anglers have extremely quiet over the last few months for some reason.
I have had the odd one reported from the jetties but nothing from the beaches.
Whiting and calamari must be traveling together at the moment because the reports for both have been much the same, very on and off and the reports change with the weather.
The reports for both at times have been very good but most of the week they were very frustrating. The whiting seem to be a lot better in the slightly deeper water and several got a good bag from the land side of the main channel at Newhaven.
In closer to Dickies Bay the whiting were much smaller and a bit harder to get more than a couple without a move.
Some quality came from in Cleeland Bight at Grollos and in better numbers than above the bridge. Reef Island seems to have the nursery moved back in with a lot of small just size whiting.