Chris was happy with this 16kg kingfish caught off Pyramid Rock last Saturday.
by King George
King George has received many calls from fishers who are disgusted that there is virtually open slather on beaches as far as pipis are concerned.
They say that while they are complying with the stringent limitations others can take as many as they want and there are no restrictions.
This they say this makes a mockery of the conservation excuse and ask, “Why is it so?”.
King George has spoken to Fisheries Victoria and the explanation is that there is an “Open Access Licence “ available, which gives holders access to resources, which includes pipis.
It is only now that these crustaceans have suddenly jumped in value that they are being targeted.
This is what has attracted the commercial sector and they have limited restrictions.
This makes no sense at all when law-abiding anglers are hit with crippling limitations with the reason being to protect the pipis but there is no such limitations where an “Open Access Licence” holder can just come along and clean out a beach with no regard for anyone or anything.
Surely this is not good enough and must change at least for the sake of some common sense, but as we all know common sense is not all that common.
The Newhaven Jetty last week saw plenty of boats out and about with a variety of fish being caught on a various baits and lures.
There was a crew of two boaters who caught quite a bag of wrasse, forty-three in fact with 41 undersize.
This is what fisheries officers who discovered the illegal fish found.
The offenders didn’t have a scale to swim with so to speak and to add to their woes they were way over the legal number of five wrasse each as well as no fishing licence.
The fish had been cunningly concealed in their car but unfortunately for them, this was also searched.
Not a good day but it could have been worse as the boat they were in as well as the car could have also been seized but they were allowed to drive home.
This should serve as a warning to others that the penalties for breaches of the fishing regulations are severe, but they are not hard to comply with.
Inverloch: Due to the mainly windy conditions there were not a lot of boats on the water but when there was a pause results were satisfying.
Harry Goldstream and a mate put in at the Inverloch boat ramp and headed out towards Stevies Gutter at low water.
They had not visited the area for some time and found out that the sand bars had moved quite a bit which was a bit off putting.
As it turned out they did fairly well off the bluff with some quite reasonable numbers of flathead, silvers and whiting that were caught on pipis and squid.
Harry said there were other boats in the same area trying their luck.
Further up towards Mahers Landing there were quite a few land based anglers as well and King George spoke to visiting hopeful Charlie Bauder who was with his family who were down from Carrum.
Charlie said they like to come down whenever they can to get away from the city and were happy with the mixed bag they caught from the left of the boat ramp.
Further up towards the area known as the Double Islands there have been mixed bags of fish being caught at low water on both sides of the tide.
This is where flathead, silvers, mullet and a few pinkies have been bagged on a variety of presentations.
For those who know where to look there are very good quality numbers of perch being caught on squid, pipis and Bass yabbies.
Soft plastic lures have also been successful.
Tarwin River: Silvers, mullet and perch have been the main varieties of fish being caught between the highway bridge down to the rock wall with best results being on the run off tide.
For those interested there are also plenty of eels that some people will eat but most feel that they make better shark bait with their oily content.
There have been hopefuls who have been trying their luck in kayaks who have flicking out soft plastics around the reed banks on the run in tide claiming some degree of success but it would be fair to say there is plenty of water mixed in with the fish.
Through the weed there was a report of a large seal around the rock bank and was observed to have a large eel in its mouth and putting on quite a show for the observers.
To many anglers eels are seen as just annoying as they will tangle lines and waste time but at least, at its own expense this one was providing some sort entertainment!
The nearby beaches at Venus Bay were active as far as surf fishers were concerned with quite reasonable numbers of salmon being bagged to the 1.5kg mark.
There was a group of five anglers who made the trip down from the city who decided to try and catch a fish on Number 3 beach.
They had a bit of a long wait, which went into the night and decided that it was time to go home after a few hours with nothing to show.
Suddenly there was action with a rod that was straining in the holder and after a long battle a very nice gummy shark was landed that took a pilchard.
This was all that they had to take home but the successful fisherman Paul Harrison was happy and had bragging rights for the rest of the trip.
Port Welshpool: Through the week it seems that things were fairly quiet with flathead being the main catch.
There were a few kingfish bagged but the size was apparently nothing to get too excited about.
There have not been any reports of whiting but no doubt they are still hanging around in the Lewis Channel where the run out tide will be the best time to wet a line.
The flathead competition run by St Leonards and Pirates Angling Clubs at Clifton Springs on Saturday attracted 66 entries, 19 of those from juniors.
Jake Johnston caught the winning fish of 51cm and 860 grams from the mouth of Swan Bay on a soft plastic.
Twelve year-old Emma Smith won the junior section with a flathead of 830 grams off Point Richards.
Mike Windsor of Clifton Springs Boat Hire reports visitors from Echuca, Lauren Drage and Jennifer Parker, were among those to catch good bags of squid and flathead last Monday.
Also successful on the succulent cephalopods the following day was Joel Wright while Mick Freeman picked up several legal size pinkies and reasonable flathead near the shipping channel off Curlewis.
Flathead remain the main chance said Mike with Dan Carroll and Brad Cameron bringing in mixed bags, consisting mainly of flathead, some around the 45cm mark. Thanks to Geoff Wilson for this report.
Lakes Entrance: Trevally have been taken along the Kalimna wall, with tailor, salmon, flathead and a few King George biting around Fraser Island. Prawn, pilchard, sandworm and plastic lures are catching fish.
Lake Tyers: Fishing is still productive, with flathead taking soft plastics along the shoreline, early in the morning.
Bream are throughout the lake. Peeled prawn and pilchard are best bait.
Mitchell River: Bream are being landed between the Butter Factory and Grassy Banks on crab and local prawn.
Flathead are around the mouth. Soft plastics and blue bait are getting good results.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
QUALITY kingfish have been caught around the area last weekend. This one was caught on Saturday somewhere around Pyramid Rock on a soft plastic and weighed a very impressive 16kg which is really a fish of a life time from around here.
Understandably the exact location is being kept a secret, but from other reports both from above and below the water, the two areas to target are Pyramid Rock and the Pinnacle off Woolamai.
Divers are telling me they are seeing some big schools of them in both areas.
Despite the unfriendly weather and the mass exodus of holiday makers the fishing reports have been reasonably good this week.
Calamari reports from the land based spots keep coming in although they were a bit all over the place this week, with more people fishing in the breaks of weather rather than the traditional change of light or tide.
San Remo Jetty produced plenty as usual with the brighter coloured jigs standing out as the best and a few on baited jigs.
The beach at Ventnor and in Cleeland Bight also saw several caught but on baited jigs and several jigs were bitten off in Cleeland Bight suggesting a few couta were around.
In the boats Cleeland Bight was also the spot to be with the west winds and it wasn’t that easy to find any sort of numbers as the calamari seemed to be a bit flighty.
Kayakers didn’t have too many problems in the same areas.
Kayak customers also reported catching some good numbers of whiting this week both from Cleeland Bight and from Dickies Bay.
The boat reports were good as well and both kayaks and boats had similar stories with those catching 40cm plus whiting only catching a few and those catching below 40cm whiting getting much better numbers.
The better areas when you could get there was around Reef Island, Bass River, Maggie Shoal part of the bay and deeper back towards the Top Light.
As we get the brighter days if you are going out after daylight, slightly deeper along the main channel on the edges is well worth a try.
Again this week a couple of whiting reports came from The Corals from those looking for pinkies.
Other reports came from Cowes near the boat ramp and Rhyll at the end of the channel back towards Newhaven.
I often get asked where to fish for whiting from the land and it’s a tough question with no simple answer.
I get whiting reports from many different places but none are consistent.
The better spots are the Main Channel on low tide off the bank on the San Remo side.
The steps at high tide at the Old Boys Home and the high tide behind the Police Station but as I said, I get reports from all over the place.
Pinkie reports were the best they have been for most of the season this week despite weather and lack of fishermen.
The quality was better than the numbers although the numbers weren’t all that bad.
Having said that, the numbers are well down on the last few years but it might just be a later season.
The best reports came from The Corals as you would expect, but the area above the top light towards Reef Island produced several pinkies as well.
Below the bridge hasn’t produced too many pinkies as yet but I haven’t heard of a lot of people fishing for them and I haven’t seen too many fishing just under the bridge near the red pole where they normally are.
With the main holiday season gone we are back to our regular summer hours and open Monday to Friday from 8am and Saturday and Sunday from 6am closing each day around 5pm and often much later especially Fridays.
If you are heading out over the weekend The San Remo Channel Challenge is on Saturday, so you won’t be able to get under the bridge around high tide in the afternoon.
Also, cars and trailer detours will also be in placed with the street blocked off from 9.30am.
If the weather looks like being exceptional, we will open even earlier – just keep an eye on the Facebook page.