xdtightLocal Port Albert legend ‘Forrest’ with a 4kg king fish caught off the Port Albert jetty while looking for a whiting.

By King George

THROUGH the week the fishing conditions were reasonable with a good variety of fish being caught.
Snapper, gummies, flathead and whiting have been making up most bags as well as a sprinkling of salmon to the 2kg mark on the surf beaches.
Some of the whiting have been very much undersize and must be returned to the water, which dismisses a belief that they are all born in far away places like South Australia and make their way to our waters.

Inverloch:

The good fishing continues throughout the inlet as well as outside where there have been good bags of quality flathead, gummies and salmon being caught.
The flathead have been caught on baits that include pilchards and squid while salmon have been taking mainly surface lures.
For those who know where to look such as Wonthaggi legend Dino Tiziani, there have been quality whiting to the 46cm mark as well as silvers and garfish being bagged on baits such as Bass yabbies, squid and pipis.
Inside the entrance there are whiting that are at best around the 36cm mark as well as silvers, flathead and good size mullet that are taking a variety of baits.
The situation is much the same as nearby Pensioners Corner and the best time for both of these places is the last half of the run out tide and first half of the run in flow.
The jetties have been popular with visitors but they have to be content with crabs and a sprinkling of small salmon and mullet.
Every so often there will be a school of mullet or salmon that will pay a visit and if there are any anglers present, the action will be fast and furious for a while until the fish will drift away with the tide.
For those who know how to fish The Snags, there are very good size whiting, silvers and perch to be caught but the fish in this area are dirty fighters.
When hooked they will head straight for the underwater furniture so the idea is to forget the niceties and get them up as soon as possible because one wrapped around the woodwork is generally the end of that contest.
Further up around Stevies Gutter there have been boaters and land-based anglers trying their luck at low water.
This is where there are also good size perch being caught on Bass yabbies, pipis and squid.
Mahers Landing has also been worth a look where boaters have been doing reasonable as far as the whiting are concerned.
King George came across one grumpy individual who had just returned to the ramp and said he caught whiting that were to the 30cm mark but it was too much of an effort to say much else.
Land based anglers have been reasonably happy with their returns.
John Denison says he likes to try his luck from the shoreline at the Landing and on his last trip through the week he bagged a mixed bag of salmon, silvers and mullet.
He says he would have loved some whiting but was happy with his mixed bag that were all caught on Bass yabbies.

Shallow Inlet:

Information from the local caravan park is that there has been plenty of activity as far as boaters are concerned.
There is no boat ramp as such but they can be launched from both sides of the tides where the sand is solid.
There are some soft patches so it would be an idea to get some local advice or from those who know the area.
Having said that, there have been good numbers of whiting being caught to the 40cm mark on Bass yabbies, pipis and squid.
Gummy sharks as well as flathead and silvers have been making up impressive bags and Karen and Andrew Starrett who run the caravan park say the good fishing will continue into the foreseeable future.

Port Welshpool:

The weekend produced mixed results, as on Saturday there were virtually no boats out on the water.
This was when there was no wind and the conditions were great.
The following day there were boats everywhere but sadly most were blown off the water-which was a bit of a drama.
There were however quite reasonable bags of snapper that were to the 7kg mark as well as quality gummies.
The Lewis Channel has been the place for good size whiting where they have been taking a variety of baits such as Bass yabbies, pipis and squid.
Quite a few boats have been tying up at the long jetty.
There has also been flathead, and silvers making an appearance which is further good news.
The jetties have also been getting a fair workout as far as land-based anglers are concerned.
This is where there has been fish such as silvers, mullet, garfish and squid.
They are being caught mainly on the run in tide.
The eastern end of the structure seems to be the best place to wet a line.

Port Albert:

There had not been much news coming from this area but just before this report Rob Killury, who has the local General Store at Port Albert, said a local legend known as ‘Forrest’ went out just off the jetty in his tinny looking for a whiting.
He didn’t get what he was looking for but something came along and quickly swallowed the small piece of pipi on a size 6 hook and took off at great speed with the reel screaming.
Forrest had a serious fight on his hands and for a long time battled with the fish and knew it was far too big for a whiting.
He finally landed what was a very good size king fish and he decided that this was all that he needed for this trip.
First stop on the way home was at the General Store where the big fish was weighed in at just on the 4kg mark.
There have been other reports of king fish inside the entrance according to Rob Killury, which is interesting as he says they are not usually seen in these waters.
It goes without saying that Forrest has bragging rights for the foreseeable future.
Late reports indicate there are big flathead to the 50cm mark being caught which is further good news and the numbers of whiting to 40cm are on the increase.

Lake Tyers:

Plenty of salmon are biting around Rigby Island and the Barrier Landing, on pilchard, prawn and metal lures.
Trevally are still active in the Cunningham Arm.
Large snapper are offshore.

Mitchell River:

Estuary perch are still being caught downstream from the Highway Bridge, using hard bodied lures.
Due to rain, bream have moved down to Grassy Banks and The Bluff.

Tambo River:

The water is muddy and bream are mainly around the mouth.
Try sandworm and peeled prawn.

Nicholson:

Murky water prevails, but bream are around Thumb Point. Prawn, sandworm and shrimp are best bait.

Metung:

King George whiting and bream have been taken between Shaving Point and Lake King Jetty. Sandworm is catching fish.

Paynesville:

The Jetties are producing bream on sandworm, with a few luderick and mullet also biting.
Tailor are around in good numbers at Montague Point.

Hollands Landing:

Griffin Point is the spot for flathead, bream and mullet. Whitebait, prawn and sandworm seem to be the best baits.

Marlo:

The Snowy River has experienced flooding, so fishing has been restricted. However the Backwater will provide keen fishermen with bream, estuary perch and luderick.
Offshore, gummies and snapper are being bagged in good numbers.

Bemm River:

The Entrance is still open with good size bream and flathead throughout the lake. Local prawn and vibes are worth trying. Soft plastics, sandworm and prawn are best of the baits.

Tamboon:

There have been good numbers of bream being caught around the Peters Rock area as well as mullet and tailor where soft plastics, sandworm and prawns are the best of the baits.

Mallacoota:

The Peters Rock area has bream, mullet and some tailor are also in fairly good numbers.

Keep the fishing info coming to King George on snafu1@dcsi.net.au or 5672 3474. Good Luck and Tightlines.

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Men fined for Cape fishing

THREE men have been fined almost $300 each for fishing in the Bunurong Marine National Park after a tip off call to the 13 FISH offence reporting line.
On December 7, the caller told Fisheries Officers the men were using rods and lines in the park near Cape Paterson.
The use of any recreational fishing equipment, and the taking of any fish, including shellfish and crustaceans, is prohibited in all Victorian Marine Parks and Sanctuaries.
The men were initially reported angling in the Bunurong Marine National Park at Shack Bay, before moving about 3km to The Oaks, where they were watched before being interviewed by a Cowes Fisheries Officer.
The men, aged 30, 29 and 19, were each issued with a $295 infringement notice for using recreational fishing equipment in a Marine National Park.
DEPI Gippsland Fisheries program manager Chris Angwin said Victoria’s Marine Parks and Sanctuaries provide important protection to unique marine ecosystems.
“Fisheries officers will actively pursue those who choose to use recreational equipment and fish within these areas,” Mr Angwin said.
Information on Victoria’s Marine Parks and Sanctuaries is available on Parks Victoria’s website parkweb.vic.gov.au
Anybody who sees or suspects illegal fishing activity is urged to call the 24-hour fisheries offence reporting line 13 FISH (13 3474).

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Around the Bay

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

IF you are keeping a diary of your fishing and including the weather in it, you would need a pen with a lot of ink as the weather is changing by the hour at the moment.
Although it is a topic that is mentioned often, it actually isn’t that uncommon for this time of the year and the weather can be quite unsettled.
The advantage of course is it is considerably warmer and not quite so hard to sit out in slightly rougher conditions.
The best of the fishing reports this week came from the early morning with the best of the weather.
Land or boat it didn’t seem to matter, the early morning was the best.
There were a few fish caught during the day and into the evening as well but there were less people fishing at those times as well.
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Snapper reports have definitely taken a nose dive at the moment and while plenty of people are still getting some very good soundings and some big arches, they now seem to be amongst bigger schools of smaller ones.
For some reason they don’t appear to be all that hungry either and as one customer described it’s like being at the start of the season where you can sound plenty of fish but nothing is hungry.
We should get another run of bigger fish before they go home and of course a certain amount will stay and live the winter here.
The other problem at the moment is there are plenty of small pinkies in the bay which are much faster than the bigger ones.
What I also find at this time of the year is that everybody drops down hook, rig and bait size which is perfect for the small fish.
When I do get reports of bigger ones it’s from people that are still using the larger rigs, 6/0 to 8/0 hooks and big baits.
The problem is you will usually only get one or maybe two fish by using your heavier gear but I guess it depends on what size fish you want.
If you want the smaller pinkies drop down to your whiting gear with maybe a slightly larger hook and bigger sinker.
This will improve your chances and with the amount of whiting that are being caught on the Corals at the moment you might just have some success with them as well.
Whiting are in abundance at the moment however there is one problem – finding them.
I had a dozen or more customers that bagged or almost bagged out on whiting this week but as soon as the sun got too high that was it.
The trick as I said was finding them and they must be in decent size schools because those that did get big numbers, did so very quickly.
Day time and evening was the complete opposite with one customer telling me he bagged out one morning in 50 minutes then spent four hours one afternoon a couple of days later for three fish.
The best of the spots this week were around Tortoise Head and back towards Long Point with scattered reports from all the other usual whiting spots.
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If you are restricted to land based fishing and you don’t like calamari you are in a bit of trouble at the moment.
With the calamari reports out doing anything else 10 to one, it’s fast becoming a very popular fishery and slowly becoming an all year round fishery.
Calamari were not a lot different from everything else this week and very early morning was the time to be targeting them.
From the San Remo Jetty they were very mixed in size from whole bait size to 30cm hoods.
The size from both Ventnor and Cleeland Bight beaches was a bit more consistent with nothing too big or small.
Artificial jigs worked the best from everywhere land based this week whether they were cast like a lure or under a float.
Front a boat it was a mixed bag of baited and artificial.
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If you are on holidays over the Christmas period and want to get an early start we will be closed on Christmas Day but reopen at 6am Boxing Day, then seven days a week at 6am till the end of January.
Closing time is generally around 5pm but usually much later in the Christmas week.
If you are running a bit late to get here just give us a call at the shop and if possible we will stay open later for you.