flatheadFish like these have been caught at Inverloch and are taking a variety of natural baits.
by King George

FISHERIES officers reported there have been numerous fishers with hoop nets trying their luck off the jetties.
There are rules that apply to the crabs that are being targeted being that there is no size limit on the crustaceans.
There is however a catch limit of 30 crabs per person, which must be adhered to which is reasonable.
There was a person who was found to be in possession of a 19.5cm flathead as well as a 16.5cm salmon at a jetty which was in breach of the regulations.
The limit for salmon is 21cm and the flathead limit is 27cm with a bag limit of 20 fish per licence holder person.
The officers also reported they are constantly observing rock fishers from a distance and on a number of occasions found some to be in breach of the regulations.
The offences include being found in possession of undersize parrot fish where there is a size limit of 27cm and a limit of five fish per person who must be the holder of a fishing licence unless exempted.
This applies to all of the parrotfish or wrasse species as they are also known.

Inverloch: With the good run of pleasant conditions, there have been plenty of boats on the water trying their luck.
Outside the entrance there have been very good size gummies taking a variety of baits such as pilchards, squid and fresh fish fillets.
Good size whiting are also being caught outside the entrance for those who know where to look.
They are to the 50cm mark which puts them well into the 1kg mark and mixed in with them are flathead and silvers with the best bait being Bass yabbies.
There haven’t been any reports of any big toothies such as makos but they should start to make an appearance if they haven’t already.
Inside the entrance there are good size whiting to the 35cm mark being caught on Bass yabbies, pipis, small strips of squid and pilchards.
Mahers Landing has also been well worth a visit where boaters and land-based anglers have been doing well.
Mullet, silvers and flathead are among the varieties of fish being caught and as the run in tide progresses there have been reasonable size gummies making an appearance.

Shallow Inlet: Andrew Starrett who runs the local caravan park located on the foreshore says over the weekend there were good bags of 40cm whiting caught with pipis being the main bait, also with strips of squid.
As well as the royals there were quality gummies, flathead and silvers caught which made the effort well worthwhile.
Andrew says it has been a strange season with hardly any hot weather to talk about but he hopes this will change.
He says the grass hasn’t grown as much as he would have liked and this could have a negative affect on some of the species.

Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that with the good conditions here have been plenty of quality snapper being caught to the 7kg mark.
Fish this size make the effort worthwhile.
There have also been plenty of gummies being caught, which is also a positive for boaters.
There continues to be quality whiting that have been to the 36cm mark caught in the Lewis Channel on both sides of the tide.
Pipis and Bass yabbies have been the best of the baits and as well as whiting there is a sprinkling of flathead, silvers and salmon.
Outside the entrance there have been good size flathead, gummies and king fish being bagged and boaters are hoping for good conditions.
The jetties have been getting a bit of a workout where silvers, flathead, squid and mullet are in fairly good numbers.
The best time has been on the run in tide and the eastern end seems to be the most productive place to wet a line.

Port Albert: Rob Killury who runs the local general store says they have had their best ever weekend with fish everywhere and plenty being caught.
He says the conditions are perfect and one angler hooked into a huge gummy shark, the biggest he has even seen being an estimated 8ft long.
Unfortunately the big fellow dropped off just as it was about to be dragged into the boat.
John McFayden and a crew from Rye were among the many visitors and they had a great time on whiting that were all around the 40cm mark as well as big flathead and leather jackets that took a variety of baits.
Rob says there have been sightings of big toothies and one angler managed to hook up one that just smashed his gear.
Not to be deterred the angler loaded up but this time he used much heavier gear but the result was the same with a broken rod to show for his troubles.
The identity of the culprit is not known but it was big, very big and will no doubt strike again.
With more great conditions forecast it would appear that the great fishing will continue and more boaters and land based anglers will be heading to this part of the world.

Lakes Entrance: Flathead and tailor are biting in Reeve Channel, opposite Nyerimilang Park, on pilchard and squid.
Bullock Island has salmon striking silver lures.
Cunningham Arm is still good for trevally.

Lake Tyers: Flathead are still being caught around the edges of the lake, especially where the banks drop off. Soft plastics and bait are picking up fish.
Bream are in both arms, with Long Point producing some large ones.
No 2 jetty has some squid around at night.

Mitchell River: Bream are active around Shadoof Lodge, using local prawn and spider crabs.
The highway bridge has estuary perch taking diving lures at dusk.

Tambo River: Good size bream have been landed around the poplars area, on prawn and shrimp.

Nicholson: The best spot for bream has been between the tyres and car bodies. Sandworm and prawn are best bait.

Keep the fishing 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

REPORTS this week were mixed and varied.
The problem? Two of the most consistent reports were not the ones you like to hear about.
Fortunately one of them is policed and fines are often handed out the other I don’t remember the last time I was told of someone being fined.
Undersized fish: maybe one that is extremely close but when you see half the Esky full of fish that are well undersize, there isn’t any real excuse.
Fishing licences and size and number regulations have been around for a long time now and unless you have been living on the moon or can’t see the signs everywhere, you deserve everything that is thrown at you.
One to watch out for as well is the use of live bait which also must comply with size regulations for that species being used.
There is a number you can call to report illegal fishing, 13 3474 and is a simple process.
Whether we like the regulations that are imposed or not, and as far as licences go I only sell them, I don’t make the rules, you need to phone DEPI for those complaints, the rules are there and need to be adhered to maintain the sustainability of our fishing industry.
I get a lot of visitors to the shop from overseas, especially Asia and they often tell me that they wish regulations like ours had been imposed in their countries many years ago before most of their fish stocks were depleted.
I don’t know about anybody else but the amount of work to get a fillet off an undersized fish would hardly be worth the effort.
The second report that I had plenty of this week was the amount of rubbish being left by fishermen on the jetties and beaches.
Again no real excuse for this and I understand the odd piece can blow out of the tackle box on windy days but this is mostly plastic bait bags or food containers anglers bring onto the jetty.
From the reports, and as you would expect, most are visitors to the area and as one local told me the rubbish probably blows out as they are running down the jetty with their Esky full of undersize fish, which probably isn’t far from the truth.
With the undersized fish there is a number you can call.
Confronting the people I guess is your choice but this can turn into an unpleasant experience as one of my older customers found out about a month ago.
He asked a couple leaving the jetty if they were going to take their rubbish with them to which they answered “sorry mate, we forgot” and walked over to the rubbish picked it up and threw it into the water.
They then turned to the person and asked him if he wanted to go for a swim and pick it up.
This is the extreme and as I said, confronting them is you choice but if you do see rubbish left behind don’t forget to pick it up and put it in the bin.
Enough of the soap box, although I think the only ones that won’t agree are the guilty ones.
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Onto the fishing reports and there is a very good reason why I spent so much of the report on the above.
Reports this week were a bit difficult to come by and it wasn’t till the end of the week before the weather turned for the better, for a minute anyway, when a few reports came in.
Whiting this week started off better from the land than from the boats but once the weather allowed the boat/kayak reports picked up although down on the last few weeks.
The reports were just as good from the kayaks as from the boats and both reported very mixed size fish: Dickies Bay towards Maggie Shoal one of the better areas with Bass River not far behind.
Bass River was also one of the best land based spots as well with several heading up there just to have a fish frustrated with the weather.
Another couple of good land based spots this week was the beach at Ventnor and the steps at the Boy’s Home in Newhaven.
I had a couple reported from the jetties in San Remo and Cowes but nothing too special.
The best area for the whiting this week was out and around Footes at San Remo with a couple of kayaks finding some very good spots and catching a mixture of whiting and flathead.
A couple of reports also came from the main channel and Boy’s Home Channel on the start of the flood tide.
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Just when we thought the pinkies were coming good they have gone a bit quiet again and only a handful of size ones were reported from the weekend.
The pinkies being caught are quality though and well worth the perseverance with most I saw around the 40cm mark.
There were a lot of undersized ones caught around The Corals with the better pinkies coming from Corinella area.
I have had a few reports from customers that fish both bays and they are saying that some good reports are coming from Port Phillip Bay now of numbers of pinkies so maybe the season is just continuing to be a strange one and we will still get our run of pinkies over the next month or so.
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Calamari also seems to be turning on and off with the weather judging by the reports although I am still getting a report daily from somewhere.
The usual spots and times have all applied this week and even the jig colours have had some consistency to them with orange or red the best and common to almost every report.
The reports slow with the south easterly and increase a day or so after the strong winds.
Weed also being stirred up with the wind makes using the artificial jigs difficult and frustrating especially when you can see the calamari chasing your jig until the weed grabs it first but persevere and eventually the squid will beat the weed.