tightlines-612015Paul Olden looks very happy with this school shark caught off Cape Paterson through the week.

By King George

THE hot weather has seen a rise in water temperatures and as a result the fish, especially whiting numbers have been on the increase, which is good news.


Most locals give this area a miss as far as boating is concerned as both Inverloch and Maher’s Landing ramps are chock a block with visitors who are making their annual pilgrimage to the area.
At times tempers have been frayed, especially when inexperienced operators seem to take forever to launch and retrieve boats or take up both sides of the double ramp at Inverloch.
There are all types of watercraft on the water and although most do the right thing there have been plenty of complaints as far as fishers are concerned with them travelling at excessive speed close to boats at anchor trying to catch a fish.
Having said that there have been reasonable numbers of fish being caught just inside the entrance and John Mc Kenzie was one of the lucky ones when he and a crew managed a mixed bag of whiting that were to the 36cm mark as well as flathead and reasonable size silvers.
King George came across a visiting angler, Yergen Shultz who was in one of those “Hobies” that he purchased from Rod Bandings store at Inverloch.
He had a few flathead, silvers and mullet that were size but wouldn’t have broken any records but he was happy and said that he had enough for a meal.
At the time he was cleaning his catch and was appreciative when shown how to fillet fish with the assistance of a fork, which makes the job so much easier.
Mahers Landing has had plenty of boaters and landbased anglers trying their luck.
The best times have been early in the morning or come evening where there have been fish such as mullet, silvers, coutta and flathead being bagged.
It would also be fair to say the fish have not been huge but there have been good size gummies being caught on the run in tide and the results are that much better on the last half of the run in tide when this coincided with evening or before dawn when fish will move close into the shallows under the cover of darkness.

Tarwin River:

Visitors will arrive to find this river very muddy and the only thing that alters is just how muddy.
Having said that, it does hold very good quality perch, silvers and mullet.
Occasionally there will be the odd bream but the area is worth a visit when it settles down after a solid downpour of rain.

Venus Bay:

The beaches are producing good numbers mainly of salmon that are to the 2kg mark and taking whitebait, squid and surf poppers on the run in tide.
There have been a few flathead as well as tommy roughs that are making the efforts worthwhile.

Shallow Inlet:

Karen and Andrew Starrett who run the local caravan park say that there have been very good numbers of whiting being bagged.
Andrew says that there are also big flathead making an appearance as well as gummy sharks and big silvers making for a good trip.
As to be expected at this time of year boaters and fish are in very good numbers.
The good fishing will no doubt continue.
There was a late report from Andrew that large numbers of salmon have turned up inside the inlet. This is rather unusual and has been put down to the sudden drop in water temperature where it has plunged down to around the 16degree mark.
Andrew says that this hasn’t affected the other species in the inlet but is interesting, especially at this time of year.

Port Welshpool:

There haven’t been any reports as far as snapper has been concerned and the boat storage reports not a great deal of activity but there have been good numbers of whiting being bagged.
Hey have been taking a variety of baits that include Bass yabbies, pipis and small strips of pilchards. Although not huge in size, but being to the 36cm mark they are well worth catching and mixed in with them is a sprinkling of silvers, flathead and the occasional gummy shark.
There was a report of two adventurers who decided to put in at Welshpool and with each in a kayak headed out on Sunday.
There is little else known but they have a long trip ahead of them and we can only hope that they don’t come to grief, as these can be dangerous waters and we wish them well.

Port Albert:

Rob Killury who has the local general store says that the good news has spread as far as fishing is concerned in his part of the world.
He has been flat out selling his good quality bait and says that as well as a 35kg bronze whaler caught and weighed in at his store there have been reports of other whalers along the beach in shallow water at Whale Bay.
Rob says that although there have not been a lot of big snapper there have been plenty of pinkies that are making the effort well worthwhile.
Here have been reports of big flathead inside and outside the entrance and the jetties been going along very well with flathead, silvers, squid and even good size whiting have been caught mainly on then run in tide.
King George contacted local legend Darren “Wheelo” Whelan who was out where the water was ideal for fishing.
“Wheelo” said that there were other boats out nearby where flathead were being caught in fairly good numbers and he confirmed that there had been bronze whalers cruising up and down the beach at Whale Bay.
He was very confident of adding to the good flathead that he already had bagged.

Lakes Entrance:

Flathead are biting in the Reeve Channel opposite Nyerimilang Park on soft plastics. Trevally are still being taken off the town jetties and footbridge.
Offshore, large snapper are available, using pilchard and squid.

Lake Tyers:

Large bream have been caught around snags in Gordon Bight, on prawn and hard-bodied lures. Flathead, tailor and pinkies are active around the channel markers during the turn of the tide.

Mitchell River:

Estuary perch have been landed between the highway bridge and butter factory, using squidgees. Bream are around Shadoof Lodge.

Tambo River:

Bream are prevalent around Marshall’s Flat. Prawn and whitebait are getting good results.


Quite a few undersize bream are being caught but larger fish can be had downstream from the jetty. Try peeled prawn and shrimp.


The jetty is producing bream on local prawn. King Georg whiting are biting off the Lake King jetty.


Tailor are still being caught on trolled metal lures. Luderick and bream have been landed off the jetties. Whitebait and peeled prawn are best bait.


The fishing platforms and rock groynes are producing luderick, estuary perch and Bream. Sandworm and local prawn are catching fish. Offshore, gummies, king fish and flathead are being caught.

Bemm River:

Large bream are biting in the lake, using prawn and sandworm. Tailor and trevally are in the
channel. Tamboon Bream and flathead are around the campsite area. Soft plastics and prawn are picking up fish.


The wharf has good size trevally striking metal lures. Luderick are around the new boat ramp. Both lakes have bream, flathead and sand whiting on the go using soft plastics, yabbies and prawn.

Did you know? King George whiting are also known as spotted whiting or spotted sillago.
They are a marine coastal fish of the sillaginidae family.
The King George whiting is endemic to Australia, inhabiting the south coast of the country from Jurden Bay, Western Australia to Botany Bay, New South Australia.
They grow to 72cm and 4.8kg in weight in South Australia but in Victoria a fish that stretches the tape out to 63cm is considered a real trophy and qualifies for bragging rights.

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


Around the Bay

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

TYPICALLY this time of the year the weather is all over the place which can be very frustrating for those on holidays but the few hot days we have had a sign of what could be to come in January and February.
The fishing reports while all over the place as well have been very good and again a sign of the fishing to come over the next few and usually the best months of the year especially for quality eating table fish.
Disappointingly this time of the year we see the odd bit of ramp rage with tempers rising with the temperature.
It can be very busy at times during the summer and you can help everyone by being organised before you start to back down the ramp, get your boat out of the water before cleaning your fish or talking to your mates for half-an-hour not tied up to the jetty in everybody’s way.
Jet skis seem to be always high on the agenda when it comes to complaints and while there are a few idiots that operate them there are probably just as many idiots in boats.
Despite one comment we had from a local during the week they do have the right to launch and retrieve on the same ramp as boats.
Sometimes all that is needed is a bit of smarter boating and time your launch or return at a better part of the day or tide and sometimes a small amount of help, especially for someone that is on their own will get you in and out quicker.
I also had a report of jetty rage this week over calamari.
To the best of my knowledge you can’t actually own a section of the jetty and everyone has the right to fish anywhere they want and if they get there before you bad luck.
Apparently it came to a bit of push and shove and is the second time over the last few weeks of a similar incident, might be time to take up another sport I think.
Customers have described whiting again this week as some of the best quality whiting they have seen.
While we have had years where the numbers were greater than what we have now it’s the quality of the whiting that are being caught.
It has been best described by one customer as winter whiting in the middle of summer.
It has also been where the whiting are being caught which hasn’t been restricted to the usual whiting spots.
We had plenty of reports again from the corals this week and even the deeper water off Silverleaves and Cowes.
Nothing much changed with the pattern of the reports with very early morning the best and once the sun gets up too high it is all over.
Tortoise Head to the Old Long Point Jetty the best area early followed by Dickies Bay.
The reports from the deeper channels don’t have a lot of pattern to them and have come from night and day.
Once the sun gets up there are still reports coming in but its back to the catch one or two then make a move and keep looking for the fish.
The other reports have come from Cleeland Bight, Rhyll Bank back towards Boys Home Channel on the start of the flood tide, Reef Island and Bass River.
Evening hasn’t been too bad and while not as good as the early morning better than during the day. Plenty of whiting have been caught on pipis as usual but the bigger ones from the deeper water have all been caught on pilchard, fresh calamari wasn’t far behind.
Pinkies are being reported but nowhere the numbers or the size you would expect for this time of the year.
Several very small undersized ones are being caught by those chasing whiting with a mixture of very small, just size and up to 45cm from the corals.
I had a couple of second hand reports of bigger snapper around 5kg being caught around Temby but didn’t actually see the fish.
The best of the pinkies and snapper this week came from offshore.
There is plenty of by-catch on the corals at the moment with schools of yakkas, small salmon, flathead by the 100s most too small and undersize gummies.
Calamari for the most part has been very good with plenty of holiday makers getting in on the action from the San Remo Jetty.
Morning has been slightly better but with so many fishing during the day we are seeing them caught from all parts of the tide. artificial jigs the best and colour is just a guess with one day during the week five people on the jetty all catching them using blue, white, orange, green coloured jigs.
The beaches at Ventnor and Cleeland Bight have been good as well with baited jigs by far the best there.
We also had a report from Rhyll, Cowes and Newhaven jetties of calamari.
Calamari in the boats has been reasonable in-between the heavy traffic in Cleeland Bight and almost all on artificial jigs. The main difference has been almost all the reports we got were on white or orange coloured jigs.
Offshore and finally good conditions for the whole day and I think there were more boats outside than inside the bay.
The boats travelled far and wide with some just looking for flathead others looking for a mako while a few went looking for a gummy or snapper.
Almost all of the above were caught although no one managed to land a Mako just a couple of hook ups and one free jumping around the boat not interested in any baits.
Not a lot of gummies or snapper but those caught were quality, Powlett River area the best for the gummies and snapper with a few pinkies west of the cape.
Cody banks also produced some good quality pinkies, some big flathead and a gummy around 8kg.
Flathead reports while not by the box lot were far better than they have been and a good mixture of tigers and sand flathead were reported.
The flathead like the last few years are in small patches and once you find them mark your drift and keep going back over that area.
There wasn’t any area that stood out better than others with reports from east and west and from 25m of water to 60m of water.
There is plenty of bait offshore and some of those big slimmeys have shown up again.
Good reports of arrow squid mostly from out wide with one customer telling me he lost three shark baits to the arrow squid.
Kingfish are a very elusive species and closely guarded secret around these waters.
They are not really targeted like they are further north but if you stick your head under the water in the right spots and have a look you might be surprised what you see.
Not that I am one to spread rumours but for those who like to chase Kingfish now is the time to get your gear and live bait ready and head to your favourite spot.
If it’s your first time chasing them expect a lot of hard work firstly to find them then to land one and whatever you have done in other areas to catch them forget it most of those methods won’t work here.