tightlines-9122014This 7kg snapper was caught inside the entrance at Port Albert on a pilchard.

By King George

WELL known Santo who has fitted into the Wonthaggi community from Sudan loves to go fishing whenever the opportunity arises.
Along the way he has had some mishaps and learnt as a result.
One such occasion was when he was fishing off the rocks and made the mistake of taking his eyes off the water and as a result an incoming wave drenched him and washed away his gear never to be seen again.
His latest mishap occurred when he and some mates decided to have a swim in a mate’s home pool.
It must have been a bit hot as it was decided that there was no need for any clothes.
This was quite all right, until it was time to leave and head out for a fish, but someone had hidden Santo’s clothes.
It was a bit of a nuisance, but Santo just wasn’t going to miss out on a chance to catch a fish.
There were no garments forthcoming but the girls relented and found an “onesie”, a loose fitting one-piece animal suit.
This was good enough for Santo and off he went but it seems that the great man failed to trouble the weigh master.
We will never know why he was unsuccessful but maybe the “onesie” was too revealing and frightened the fish!
Through the week there were very good reports of whiting while others had a bit of a battle to find a fish.
King George and John Bird made a couple of trips to some favourite spots and managed some very good size royals that were to the 40cm mark.
There was also a mixture of other fish not as desirable such as leather jackets and table size salmon.
The fish were caught on both sides of the tides where the best of the baits were squid and pipis.


Through the week the conditions were great for fishing and as a result there were boats taking advantage.
Mahers Landing was active at times but there were times when not a boat could be seen, which was surprising.
The crews, which did get out however were mostly happy with their efforts with good numbers of salmon silvers, flathead and mullet making up most bags.
Frank Edwards and a couple of mates were among the successful anglers who picked a run off tide to try their luck around the double islands and finished up with a mixed bag of flathead, mullet and coutta that were caught on pipis and squid.
Land-based anglers also were generally reasonably happy with their returns with mullet and flathead making up reasonable bags.
There have been a few keeper size gummies being caught with the best time being on the run in tide coinciding after sunset or before dawn as the fish will move in close to shore under the cover of darkness.
The Tarwin River has been going along very well where there have been quality perch beach caught to the 38cm mark where best results have been on the run out tide.
There has also been good size bream being caught by those who know where to look as well as silvers and mullet.
The areas just above the highway bridge down to the entrance seem to be producing best results where soft and hard bodied lures, Bass yabbies and small black crabs have been doing the job.

Shallow Inlet:

Karen Starrett who runs the caravan park says that very good size whiting are still being caught where they have been in excess of the 40cm mark.
There are also quality size flathead as well as gummy sharks also being bagged along with silvers that have been to the 45cm mark and taking a variety of baits.
Ivor Johnson and a mate decided to try their luck earlier in the week when there was no wind looking for whatever might come along.
They were rigged for whiting and had size 6 hooks which are generally alright but where the big whiting and silvers are common in this area maybe a bigger size such as size four may be a better choice.
There are different reasons for each species, the silvers have a comparatively small soft mouths and after a long fight, can at times spit out a small size hook but will have difficulty with a bit larger hook.
Whiting have a slighter tougher mouth and some anglers prefer a size larger than size six.

Port Welshpool:

Information from the boat storage is that through the week there was not as much activity as may have been expected.
Having said that, those who did make the effort were rewarded with very good numbers of snapper that were to the 9.5kg mark, which is great in anybody’s language.
One boat bagged six snapper that went between 2kg to 9kg and were caught on pilchards.
The Franklin Channel and area around the entrance has been apparently the most successful on the run out tide.
There have also been good numbers of gummy sharks being caught and to a lesser extent, flathead but they have been of very good quality.
Whiting have also been caught in good numbers to the 38cm mark and no doubt the locals will be getting in as much fishing as possible before the crowds of visitor descend in their usual huge numbers.
There have been good reports from the jetties where flathead, silvers, salmon and garfish have been taken on the run in tide at the eastern end.

Port Albert:

There have been reasonable numbers of whiting being bagged on a variety of presentations with the best being pipis, squid and thin strips of pilchards.
Gummies have also being making an appearance and Rob Killury who runs the general store says that the signs are looking good.
The jetties have also been worth a visit where squid are still making up bags along with flathead, silvers, gar fish and for those who like them, big eels.

Lakes Entrance:

Kalimna Jetty is producing salmon and tailor on metal lures.
King George whiting are active around the town jetties, with trevally off the footbridge.
A few flathead and gurnard have been landed in the channels.

Lake Tyers:

Flathead and bream are still prevalent around the channel markers and Nowa Nowa Arm.
Soft plastics and prawn are accounting for most fish. The odd tailor has also been taken.

Mitchell River:

Plenty of estuary perch to 40cm are biting around the highway bridge, on diving hard bodied lures.
Bream are downstream from the butter factory. Vibes and bait are catching fish.

Tambo River:

Bream have been caught from Reynolds Road to the mouth, using sandworm and peeled prawn.


Bream are cruising between the highway bridge and swimming hole. Sandworm and shrimp are best bait.


The boardwalk is still fishing well, with bream, trevally and King George whiting taking sandworm, prawn and whitebait.


Plenty of school prawn are about.
Bream are in the Strait, with tailor striking trolled metal lures, in Campbell Channel.

Hollands Landing:

Bream and flathead have been landed around Bull Bay, on shrimp, sandworm and soft plastics.


Estuary perch are still feeding on live prawn, off the fishing platforms and around snags.
Flathead and bream have been caught in the Snowy River, up to the highway bridge

Bemm River:

The channel has flathead hitting soft plastics.
Bream are throughout the lake. Try prawn and sandworm.

Tamboon Inlet:

Fishermans Landing has tailor and bream on the go using solid bodied lures and live prawn.

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


Around the Bay

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

IF you are looking for something for the family to do on Friday night and don’t want to fight your way through the crowds of the big shopping centres, head to san Remo where the traders will be having their Christmas sale day which will flow into the Lions carols in the evening.
There will be plenty of activities for the kids to do with a jumping castle and animal petting zoo from 4.30pm as well as the Lions barbecue from 6.30pm, even Santa will pay a visit around 7pm.
At approximately 9.30pm the end of the carols program the mayor will turn the switch for the lights in the Norfolk pine tree, a project that the traders have been working on for some time.
Stage 1 of the project which will be turned on this Friday night will be all the ambient lighting of the tree with further stages to include installing the festoon lights through the tree, a rebuild to the top of the tree and a series of information boards on the light poles creating a spectacular sight as you drive past.
On to fishing, unfortunately the weather on the weekend resembled a weekend out of the middle of winter especially Sunday where the southerly wind made it very cold.
The weekend just gone is often the last chance many have to get out for a fish before the Christmas break and there were a few boats that braved the conditions on Saturday however there were far more fishing from the land than the boats.
The main catch from the land was calamari with quite a few smaller salmon reported from the beaches and the odd trevally and pinkie from the jetties.
Several people got out fishing during the week so I did get something to write about.
Calamari over the last few years have really become an all year round fishery and it doesn’t matter what part of the day you wander down to the jetty at San Remo there is always someone there chasing calamari.
This week was no different and plenty of calamari were caught and over the last few months there has been a real pattern to the best times to catch the calamari.
Morning and evening the better times with the best a change of tide and light at the same time but if you can only fish during the day the last hour of the tide is the time to try.
This time of the year with the water much cleaner than the early part of the season, the artificial jigs are coming into their own.
Having said that I am finding the sales of silver whiting and squid spikes are slowly decreasing with more people trying the artificial jigs and perfecting the way they are using them and having success.
You will find that all colours work at some time during the year but by far reds, pinks and orange consistently work and white is the go to one in everybody’s tackle box.
The bigger snapper have certainly slowed considerably but there are plenty of smaller ones and some of the better eating size are now being caught.
The odd big one is still there and will be caught throughout the summer but the majority will start to leave over the next month or so.
The pinkies should stay for most of the summer and the rest of the fishing will improve as well so it should be quite a good season in the bay with offshore starting off soon.
The snapper/pinkies this week were caught all over the place with the Corals just in front the best spot, but reports came from the deeper areas as well.
Whiting reports have been constant again this week with the quantity starting to improve but mainly because smaller ones have started to move in.
This is nothing unusual for this time of the year as we always see smaller and even undersize ones start to be caught but as the water warms up the whiting start to aggressively feed and so they grow at a very fast rate and it’s not long before undersize are easily over the legal limit.
Try up sizing your hooks and baits and target the bigger ones in the meantime.
If using circle hooks go up to a 1/0 or 2/0 or a 1 or 2 in a long shank and up size your bait, pilchard fillet or strip of squid and even cocktail it with a bit of pipis.
A whiting that is mid 40cms and above will easily take half a pilchard on a large hook.
Generally the bigger whiting are in deeper water and several were again reported from the Corals this week with a couple from the edge of the main channel at Newhaven.
There were a lot of boats targeting the whiting and pinkies in that area between the Top Light and Maggies Shoal for some mixed success with those fishing later in the evening doing better.
Reports of whiting also came from the regular spots in Dickies Bay, Cleeland Bight and Tortoise Head but very little pattern to the catches.


New signs clarify parking at the port

THE South Gippsland Shire Council has installed new signs at the Port Welshpool ramp to formalise the parking arrangements for vehicles and trailers when launching boats.
“The new signs simplify the situation in that all ramp users are required to pay a flat daily fee of $7.50 to park their vehicles and trailers in the designated parking area,” said Bruce Gardiner, the council’s Local Laws coordinator.
“Or they may choose to buy an annual ticket for $43 which becomes a viable option if they are likely to use the ramp more than half a dozen times a year.”
The ticket machine takes coins and credit cards and is located adjacent to the Coast Guard building. There is information on the machine advising how to report if it is not functioning properly.
“Daily and annual tickets are also available at Council Reception or at the Port Welshpool Caravan Park.
“Alternatively, you can call the council on 5662 9200 and purchase a daily or yearly ticket using your credit card.
“These can then be e-mailed to you to print off or we can post the ticket out,” he said.
“This is useful if you’re planning ahead for a day on the water and want to avoid using the ticket machine.
“We’re pleased to have the signs improved ahead of the busy holiday season when hundreds of recreational boat owners come to enjoy the magnificent marine environment of Cornet Inlet and the Prom,” Bruce said.
“All the parking revenue is used exclusively for the maintenance of the car park and the ramp amenities.”