By King George

THROUGH the week the fishing situation was on the quiet side due to a never ending east wind and most boats stayed in the shed.
There were however some salmon caught off the local beaches but the rewards were few for the effort put in.

Inverloch:

There were some boats that braved the elements and there were a few reasonable bags. Outside the entrance was not in consideration due to the elements but landbased anglers chanced their luck and there were worthwhile rewards.
King George received a call from David Hopkins who was down for a few days with a mate but his boat stayed on the trailer.
They decided to see what they could catch just inside the entrance near the bathing boxes.
They had a variety of baits, which included squid, pipis as well as sand worms.
Although they didn’t break any records they did manage a very reasonable bag of mixed fish that included flathead, mullet, silvers and a gummy shark that looked a bit on the small side and it was returned to the water to swim and fight another day but they were happy.
The area around Stevies Gutter was one place that offered some protection from the elements where a few flathead, perch and whiting were caught at low water on both sides of the tides. Maher’s Landing was where a few landbased anglers were trying their luck where mullet, silvers and a few flathead were caught but the windy conditions kept most people deciding to do something else.
The Tarwin River had a few landbased anglers trying their luck according to a visitor from Dandenong Wilhurst Gorman who picked a spot out of the weather near the highway bridge.
He said that there was a fair wait between enquiries but he did manage a couple of perch that were size and took soft plastics and considered himself lucky.
The fish were also lucky as they were both returned to the water to swim and fight another day.

Wonthaggi Angling Club:

The club held its monthly competition last Sunday where there were 26 members and visitors at the Angling Clubrooms.
They were welcomed by President Peter Clarke who also thanked sponsor of the month who was Lightique of Wonthaggi.
The winner of the senior male section was Shaun Thompson with a 825g perch for 1650 points.
The senior female section winner was Debbi Sharples with a 280g silver trevally for 560 points.
The veteran section was Peter Clarke with a 505g bream for 1262 points. There was a total of eight fish weighed in the competition.

Surf:

There were some reports of salmon being bagged mainly on the run in tide.
Visiting angler Ivan Glassmore said that he and a mate decided to try their luck off number four beach on the run in tide but the conditions were far from ideal and they had to be content with a few salmon that were around the 25cm mark that took white bait.
He said that there were a few other hopefuls but it appeared to him that there wasn’t much to get too excited about.

Shallow Inlet:

Karen and Andrew Starrett who run the local caravan park say that like just everywhere else locally wise there have been not many boaters on the water due to the winds that have been a real nuisance all week.
They do say however that when there was a break in the weather there have been good numbers of whiting that have been to the 50cm mark.
Although there have not been any other species caught according to Karen, no one is complaining. Bass yabbies, pipis and squid have been the most successful baits and hopefully things will improve. The best time has been at low water on both sides of the tide.
Things seem to be very quiet in Waratah Bay according to quite a few boaters who have been very disappointed with their efforts.
There could be quite a few reasons for this, one being that they don’t know where to go but some of those disappointed say they have been to places where they usually do well but for some reason there has been not much to show for their hard work.

Port Welshpool:

Information from the boat storage is that there has been no activity on the water over the weekend which is no surprise.
Even the game fishing competition that was to take place was called off due to the conditions.
On Friday there were a few boats out but all they had was a few flathead that were checked by the water police and that was all.

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

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Around the Bay

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

UNFORTUNATELY the very inconsistent summer weather has continued this week and opportunities to get out and have a fish have been limited.
Most of the boating was done in Cleeland Bight and close into Rhyll with the west, south west winds and despite there being a lot of weed in the water perseverance paid off for most.
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Landbased fishermen were fairly scarce this week with many gone home because of the weather and others choosing to do something else while the weather was ordinary.
There were still some out fishing and for the most part it was a bit tough but again perseverance paid off and a few good fish were reported.
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There are a lot of very frustrated offshore fishermen around at the moment with conditions not the best.
The swell hasn’t been all that big but when it drops down the wind goes straight to the east and it becomes very messy and unfishable.
Four years ago we had very similar conditions through this part of the year but had a near perfect February, March and April.
The stripey turned up and we weighed 12 makos over Easter so there is still hope yet.
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Salmon made up a lot of the reports with some big schools swimming around the bay this week and several mornings as I was opening up I could see birds working under the bridge and plenty of activity in the water.
From the boats that stayed close to Cowes and Rhyll there was several schools traveling along the edge of the channels and almost any lure was effective.
There were no monsters reported but plenty up to the 1.5kg mark.
I had a couple of reports of salmon from San Remo, Newhaven Channel and down in Cleeland Bight but not as many as from the other side of the island.
There were several caught from the beach at Ventnor and the jetty at Cowes with the odd one from Newhaven and San Remo jetty.
The surf beaches on the island were difficult to fish but quite a few people persisted for not a lot of salmon and those that were caught under the 1kg.
The beaches at Kilcunda were a bit better with size of fish but numbers were much the same.
There was less weed on the island beaches than at Kilcunda and both areas produced salmon on lures and blue bait the best.
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Calamari reports were all over the place this week as you would expect with people fishing in the breaks of weather rather than being able to fish when they wanted.
We had reports from all times during the day from the jetty at San Remo with mostly small ones around.
There were also reports from Cowes jetty which seemed to be mostly in the evening.
The beaches at Ventnor and Woolamai were hit and miss and a bit like the jetty at San Remo with scattered reports throughout the day.
With the water changing to that lighter shade of mud with the wind it made it even more difficult to pick the jig colour and at times the cheap and nasty jigs were out doing the more expensive ones, baited jigs also started to work well also.
The boats and kayaks had more consistent reports with Cleeland Bight, Cowes and Ventnor areas the best.
With fewer boats it was easier to drift which helped to find the calamari and a bit of berley once you found them helped to keep them at the boat.
Again colour of the jig was a bit of a guess but the more expensive ones were definitely better.
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What I find is when we get weather conditions like we are having and especially with visitors around people start looking elsewhere that is more favourable to the wind and often surprise themselves with what they find.
While there was no one area better than others it was more about fishing close to where they would normally fish and different parts of the tides.
Visitors with boats often ask what is the most important thing they need to know about the bay to catch fish, waiting for an answer of an area, rig or bait.
They are generally surprised when the answer we give is understanding the tides and winds and the effects each have on each other.
Understanding the effects of wind and tide generally means you can find a fishing spot on most days regardless of the wind or tide.
While it might not be the best time or tide according to everything that is written you might just surprise yourself that fish are in other places than your favourite spot and it’s also impossible to catch them in your lounge room.
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Whiting reports were reasonable while being nothing too special during the week, probably more to do with the wind not favourable and holding boats sideways to the tide.
We had reports from Boys Home Channel, Reef Island, Coronet Bay, Ventnor Beach and Cowes just out from the boat ramp and the mouth of the Bass River.
There were also a few reports from the usual Dickies Bay and Cleeland Bight but of all the reports there were only a couple into double figures.
While the length wasn’t over the top the condition of the whiting caught for the most part was excellent and there is the odd smaller one around as well.

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tightlinesAnderson Inlet Angling Club volunteer Rod Collins with Inverloch’s Amy Scott, who caught a flathead at the angling club’s Learn to Fish Clinic last Tuesday. Unfortunately the flathead was undersize so it was released back into the inlet to fight another day. RG030315.

Beginners wet a line

LEARN to Fish Clinics by the Anderson Inlet Angling Club have been a hit this holiday period.
The clinics, run by volunteers from the angling club, are held every Tuesday throughout January from 9.30am to 1.30pm, beginning at the Anderson Inlet Fishing Club before venturing onto the beach for fishing lessons.
Participants are taught the basics of rod and reels, how to cast and how to pump Bass Yabbies to be used for bait.
Anderson Inlet Angling Club’s June Laycock said it is a fun way to learn how to fish.
“I enjoy seeing the reaction from the seniors, from the mums and dads, but specifically from the children who love to get out there and fish,” she said.
“It’s a new experience for a lot of them- some of them are old hands and say they go fishing with their grandpas in the boat and they know what to do, but mostly its first timers.”
For just $25 per family with up to four children under the age of 16, the clinics are great value for money.
All equipment is supplied and there are limited spots available for the January 27 clinic so visit www.inverlochanglingclub.com.au or search ‘Anderson Inlet Angling Club’ on Facebook to secure your spot.