tightlines-2812015Taj Lyttle looks very happy with these two snapper he caught on whole pilchards recently.

By King George

A WELCOME burst of summer weather has seen boaters and land based anglers trying their luck on the water, which has been a long time coming.


The beach at Kilcunda has been going along well as far as the salmon are concerned.
Eugene Davidson is from Melbourne and says he likes to get out whenever then opportunity arises.
He was with a couple of mates when they bagged seven very good size fish that were all caught on white bait.
There have been other reports of success in this area as well as Williamsons Beach where salmon has been making up most bags.


When conditions have allowed there have been quite reasonable numbers of fish being caught mainly inside the entrance.
The numbers of boats has been down due to that awful east wind and there really are not many places to hide.
As usual land-based anglers have been trying their luck around the area known as the Bathing Boxes where there have been mainly mullet being caught on a variety of baits such as pipis, small pieces of squid and Bass yabbies.
The fish have been fairly good size and for those who like them, the effort is worthwhile.
They must be properly cleaned and that black stomach lining thoroughly removed.
The best way is to fillet them and then skin the fish for best results.
There has been whiting to the 34cm mark as well as flathead and silvers making efforts worthwhile.
At nearby Pensioners Corner there has been mullet, silvers and a few whiting being caught at low water on both sides of the tide.
The main reason is that the flow is not as fast and the fish are more confined with the sand banks out of the water.
Up as far as the area known as The Bluff, there have been salmon, silvers and flathead being caught up as far as Stevies Gutter.
Mahers Landing seems to be a bit hit and miss over the last week but land-based anglers have been catching a reasonable variety of mullet, flathead and silvers.
John Denninson decided to try his luck through the week just on dusk and wasn’t expecting too much.
He was surprised when suddenly his line took off and after a long fight managed a very nice size gummy shark that took a fairly small piece of whitebait.
There were good reports considering the conditions of good size whiting being caught around Cape Paterson.
Local knowledge is a great advantage in this area and as well as whiting there has been a sprinkling of school and gummy sharks.

Tarwin River:

Generally speaking there has not been a great deal to get excited about but Stephen Poole and son Bailey can often be found on the river looking for a fish and seldom fail to bring something home to put on the table.
Late in the week they did very well on the bream.
Steve said they had a variety of baits with Bass yabbies being the most productive.
The fishing platforms are still very productive, mainly as far as visitors are concerned.
They have been producing reasonable numbers of silvers, mullet and the occasional perch with best results being on the run out tide.
Further down at the rock bank there has been a sprinkling of mullet and silvers but it would be fair to say there has been plenty of water mixed in with the fish.

Shallow Inlet:

As usually the case at this time of year there have been good numbers of whiting being caught according to Andrew Starrett who runs the local caravan park with lovely wife Karen. The royals have been to the 50cm mark, which is well into the kidney slapper size and have been taking a variety of baits such as pipis, Bass yabbies, squid and small strips of pilchards.
Very good size flathead are also being caught as well as silvers that make for a very enjoyable trip.
There have also been good numbers of gummies being caught at low water on both sides of the tide.

Port Welshpool:

Information from the boat storage is that there have been a very good variety of fish being caught.
Snapper to the 6kg mark were bagged in the Franklin Channel as well as flathead but no sign of toothies being sighted or caught.
Good numbers of whiting have also been bagged on both sides of the tide in the Lewis Channel.
Outside the entrance there have been sightings of king fish but no other particulars were available.

Port Albert:

Good fishing continues inside the entrance where whiting have been to the 40cm mark and taking a variety of presentations.
There have also been good numbers of flathead being bagged as well as gummy sharks.
There have been reports of pinkies being caught off the jetties as well as flathead and squid.
Outside the entrance there have been pleasing numbers of snapper and gummies making the effort well worthwhile.

Lakes Entrance:

The prawns are running and fishing is excellent.
Tailor, salmon and trevally are biting around the Entrance on metal lures and pilchard.
Bream and flathead are active in Reeve Channel opposite Nyerimilang Park. Prawn and squid are very effective.

Lake Tyers:

The entrance is closed but the water level is high.
Flathead and bream have been caught in Blackfellows Arm and around number 2 jetty, mainly early morning and at dusk. Prawn, pilchard and hard bodied plastic lures are getting results.

Mitchell River:

Flathead have been landed around the cut on soft plastics.
Bream are still in the backwater and are biting on local prawn.

Tambo River:

The Rough Road area is producing good size bream on peeled prawn.


Bream are being landed between the two bridges using prawn and sandworm.


The boardwalk is still the best spot to catch bream and the odd King George whiting. Best bait is sandworm and local prawn.


The town jetties are good for bream on prawn and whitebait.
The back of Raymond Island has luderick, taking weed.
Plenty of tailor are in Duck Arm with a few King George whiting.

Hollands Landing:

The strait around the woodpile has good size bream and flathead being caught on prawn and sandworm.


Plenty of estuary perch, bream, flathead and mullet are in both rivers with live prawn, sandworm and lures producing fish.
The beach has salmon and tailor striking metal lures.

Bemm River:

The entrance is still open with large bream and flathead being landed on local prawn and hard bodied lures.
The channel is good for tailor.


Estuary perch and flathead are in the narrows with live bait catching fish.
Salmon and tailor are around the new ramp.
The wharf has trevally and luderick.

Omeo High Country:

Fly fishers are bagging out on rainbow trout in the Gibbo River.

Did you know:

Southern black bream are one of the most important species to both commercial and recreational fisheries throughout its range, valued for its flavoursome and moist flesh.
Due to its marketability, as well as its high tolerance to a wide range of salinity, the species has become a candidate for inland aquaculture in saline dams.

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

FINALLY some reasonable weather and with the better weather naturally has come the better fishing reports.
There was no shortage of fish for tea last week especially the better table fish, flathead and whiting and they were caught both from the boats and the land.
The numbers were as usual less from the land but there was still some quality fish caught and well worth the effort.
Whiting reports came from several places and we had reports over a couple of days of schools of whiting swimming around the San Remo Jetty.
The problem was, seeing them and catching them were two very different things and I had a few frustrated people in trying to get ideas.
Several were caught with no real method to it and probably more of an accident but still a catch never-the-less.
Other reports of whiting came from Sunderland Bay from the rocks at low tide, the steps at the Old Boys Home on the high tide, the back beach at San Remo both on the high and low tide the beach at Ventnor in the evening and from Cowes Jetty.
While whiting were caught in several different places, the numbers of those caught in each spot wasn’t huge.
The boats had a bit more success with bigger numbers but opportunities were limited at times with the wind side on to the tide.
Those that chased the wind around a bit and found a spot to fish were rewarded with some very healthy whiting – the best reported 49cm.
Although all the usual spots produced fish I wouldn’t say one was a lot better than the other.
We had more reported from the deeper channels and the Corals again and there were plenty of reports from our kayak customers with several of those reports coming from the San Remo side of the bight and close into Rhyll and Cowes.
The pinkies were a bit better this week and maybe we will see a later season and reports continuing over the next month or so.
Even if you are not a big snapper eater, now is the time to chase a feed with that fish around 40cm – the best eating size.
We had a few good bags of pinkies reported all around the 36cm to 42cm mark with plenty of undersized as well.
Most of the numbers were on the Corals but a couple of reports came from the channel off Elizabeth Island and below the bridge in Cleeland Bight.
I had several second hand reports filter through from Corinella of pinkies back at the boat ramp but no first hand report of exactly where they were being caught.
Not much in the way of land based reports of pinkies from Newhaven Jetty a couple from Sunderland Bay rocks and a couple from Cowes Jetty.
Calamari reports just keep coming in although it seems the weather has stirred them up a bit and the reports were spasmodic this week.
At times the weed made it difficult to fish for them but perseverance generally paid off.
We have had several reports over the last few weeks from off the beach at San Remo towards to old bridge area.
The reports from here have come mostly from those casting artificial jigs and from people that headed to the jetty to fish but there were too many people.
This area is not fished a lot for calamari but might be worth a look if the jetty is full; the high tide was the best in this area.
Several other reports came from the beaches at Ventnor and in Cleeland Bight with most being caught on artificial jigs.
The usual reports from the boats and even some from those that normally wouldn’t be chasing them this time of the year but with the westerly winds making Cleeland Bight one of the only spots you could fish it was calamari or nothing.
Again the size of the calamari is very mixed from the very small – one customer saying he had to look twice to actually see the calamari on the jig to some up around the 2kg mark.
Offshore conditions during the week were finally favourable for some of the smaller boats; the problem was most were back at work.
For those able to get out it was flathead on the menu that night with the best numbers reported so far this season.
It was a mixture of type and size but there were very few undersize ones reported and many Eskies were full of flathead 40cm to 45cm.
I didn’t see anything much over 50cm but a box full of 45cm is a respectable day’s fishing and a decent feed of some of the best table fish around.
The reports came from along the coast from Woolamai to the Windmills but most were reasonably shallow 25m to 35m of water.
There were a couple of reports from deeper but they were no better or worse than those in close.
Although there was some good numbers, several people missed out as well which is always the case as it is a big ocean out there and you don’t need to be far off to miss out.
Most of the time it is just simply bad luck that you didn’t catch any but sometimes it can be explained by looking at the gear that is being used.
When I get customers in asking for advice because they just can’t catch anything, I usually ask to see their gear to see how they are setting it up and most times it is fixed by changing the way they rig or sinker weight or hook size.
The biggest problem I find is too many people watch TV and take it as gospel.
While the shows can be entertaining they are not necessarily practical to the way you should fish around the area you are fishing.
The ideas probably work where they are filmed but we have a very unique fishery around here as most places have and simply asking a local for advice can greatly improve your chances.
The biggest problem I find with people’s gear here is the lack of lead, especially those coming from Port Phillip Bay, unfortunately all size one ball sinkers do over here is float with the current.
To be successful no matter where you go, try to get as much advice from a local as you can, which will greatly improve your chances of being successful.