m300115Another fisherman tries his luck along the beach at Inverloch recently. M320115.

By King George

AMANDA Kellar and partner Terry love to mix up their fishing and recently they headed inland to target freshwater trout as the weather was not favourable for places such as Westernport.
They like to each have a stationery line in the water, usually one with a ball of worms and one with some power bait.
They attach a bell to their rods, which allows them to move a little further afield flicking Tassie Devil lures whilst listening for the bells.
Some days they get all their trout on lures, the next time it will be all bait and says that you never can pick what’s going to work best on a particular day.
The overcast rainy days seem to produce the best results either way.
Catching the Trout on lures is the best thrill of all because they hit hard and take you by surprise then go for a run.
They often do great acrobats as you bring them closer to the water’s edge.
She says that they are yet to catch a brown trout, so the competition is on between them to so see who gets a brown first.
She says that they have a fish smoker and have experimented with marinating the trout in brine and also a dry salting method with brown sugar.
They like the flavour from the dry salting method the best and the smoked trout are absolutely delicious.

Inverloch:

Through the week boaters and landbased anglers have been generally happy with their efforts.
King George has received numerous reports from boaters who have been catching good numbers of whiting just inside the entrance on Bass yabbies, pipis and squid.
This is where the better size royals have been caught at low water and mixed in with them are fairly good size silvers, mullet and flathead.
Every so often there will be a gummy shark make an appearance that has been taking squid and pilchard baits.
Good size mullet have also been caught on smaller baits such as pipis and Bass yabbies.
There has been a fair bit of activity at the jetty where crabs have been the main catch which doesn’t do much for locals but visitors seem to think they are quite all right.
Further up the inlet there have been reasonable numbers of whiting to the 32cm mark being caught with other fish such as mullet, silvers, flathead and coutta.
Above Mahers Landing there has been a sprinkling of pinkies and coutta as well as mullet and for those who know where to look, perch making the effort worthwhile.
Landbased anglers have been catching a few fish off both sides of the jetty with best results being on the run off tide but there is plenty of water mixed in with the fish.
Unfortunately there have been reports of some boats being caught at low water further up the entrance.
Fortunately there has been only inconvenience which is good but this can be a trap where the mud can cause a hazardous situation so the best idea it to avoid this in the first place.
Outside the entrance there have been good reports as far as gummies and school sharks are concerned.
Paul Olden headed out looking for whatever might come along and bagged a very nice size gummy after a long fight.
He then had another enquiry and this time he had a good size school shark.
Wally Leijen also headed outside the entrance and said that in short time he had some very good size whiting that were to the 50cm mark in the bag that were caught on pipis and squid presentations.
Although there have not been any reports of any big toothies such as mako sharks being bagged, but those chasing them say that they should be making an appearance shortly.

Around Cape Paterson there have been reports of good numbers of quality whiting and flathead that have been bagged on a variety of presentations such as Bass yabbies, squid and strips of pilchards on both tides.

Shallow Inlet:

Karen Starrett who runs the caravan park with husband Andrew says that things were quiet over the weekend with most visitors gone but an awful strong east wind took their place and as a result there was not much to report.
She did say however that there had been very good numbers of whiting being caught as well as snapper, silvers and gummies.
There had been a huge influx of salmon, which is unusual for this time of year but there was an unconfirmed report of a cold stream of water that came down the coast.
This may explain the sudden salmon surplus.

Port Welshpool:

Information from the boat storage is that there were very few boats out on the water but the east wind might have been enough to leave boats in the shed.
There were however some whiting bagged through the week where the Lewis channel was the most productive where they were to the 36cm mark as is usually the case in this area.
Pipis, squid and Bass yabbies were the pick of the baits with low water on both sides of the tide being most productive.
A few pinkies were also caught mainly in the Franklin Channel as well as a few flathead. The jetties have also been worth a visit when conditions have allowed where squid, flathead, garfish and mullet have been making up most bags.

Keep the fishing info coming to King George on snafu1@dcsi.net.au or 56 723 474. Good Luck and Tightlines.

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Around the Bay

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

THE typical Victorian summer weather continues 38 to 18 degrees, glassy calm to gale force wind and drought to flood and that was just before lunch.
I guess it could be boring like the northern states and warm to hot every day.
Like the weather there was a bit of variety in the reports this week and plenty of species were caught including plenty of bait fish.
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Although slowing a bit by the end of the week the whiting reports still lead all other reports and there was a real pattern to the best time to target them.
The very early morning especially the sunny days was the best time for the better quality whiting. During the day was a real struggle and although reports came in the numbers were much lower and they seemed to be more an accidental catch than a targeted catch.
This week early morning was best in Dickies Bay, Tortoise Head and in Cleeland Bight near Grollos.  Evening was much the same but the captures during the day were from some not so usual spots. Apart from where you would expect to catch whiting The Corals was one of the better spots during the day also Leola Shoal and Coronet Bay all in the deeper or muddier areas.
The quality is still very good although we have seen a few smaller ones this week, pipis pilchards and squid the baits to use.
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Are they Yakkas or Cowanyoung we catch around here is a question we get asked often and although there are slight differences they are very much the same.
Yakkas also known as Scad, Southern Yellowtail Scad, Yellowtail Horse Mackerel, Yellowtail Mackerel and a couple of other names.
Cowanyoung also known as Jack Mackerel, Horse Mackerel and Scad, even the names are similar. Cowanyoung are dark green to green-blue on their back and silvery on their lower sides and belly.  Their fins are translucent or grey and have large eyes.
The main obvious difference with the yakkas is they have yellow on their lateral line and tail and generally smaller.
So what do we catch, the answer is both and whatever you want to call them I don’t think it really matters as they are both very good strip or live baits.
Both of these fish are also fished commercially as food and I have several customers that smoke them.
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Sunday morning Mark from Cranbourne dropped in to weigh his snapper that he caught overnight on the Cowes Jetty and it pulled the scales down to a very impressive 6kg and it was surprising just how good a condition it was in.
Mark also said there were some good Calamari caught and plenty of yakkas and pike.
It was the only snapper we had reported for the week from in the bay and the only others were a couple around 5kg from offshore on Wednesday.
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There were a lot of pinkies reported from The Corals and Rhyll areas but the majority of them were undersize and even the size ones weren’t much to talk about, maybe it will be a later season.
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We have had a lot of reports of garfish this season, mostly from people that have been out looking for flounder at night time.
A few people have reported catching them during the day from dickies bay and around Corinella but most were from night time in similar areas as well as in Cleeland Bight.
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Still very few reports of Makos being landed this season but there has been several reports of Makos sighted and not interested in taking baits.
Maybe it is because there is a lot of bait fish for them to eat or they are just getting here later.
The conditions haven’t been the best offshore with plenty of south east winds and looking through my diary’s nothing really happens much before February when the weather conditions settle.
From those who have been out chasing a Mako the reports are there are plenty of the pencil slimmey mackerel and even some of the bigger ones as well.
The arrow squid are showing up in numbers now as well which are all favourites of makos and other sharks.
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There is the odd school of salmon swimming around and a promising report of what was thought to be a school of stripey by the speed they were traveling and the way they were swimming.
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