Pinkies are being caught in Western Port Bay.
By King George
THROUGH the week King George received a letter from a person who decided to not to use a name, which of course he is free to do.
He said he was blunt, not grumpy but many would feel that there is little difference.
‘Mr Grumpy’ said that he had a problem being asked about giving details about his catch for publication in this column.
Over the years King George has spoken to countless anglers about various aspects of their activities on the water and the vast majority have been only too pleased to talk about their results, successful or otherwise.
‘Mr Grumpy’ says it is a wonder that King George wasn’t asking for a GPS location.
For his information, King George has been given numerous such locations but never has and never will publish such details.
He also makes mention of a local fishermen with a pile of fish at the Powlett River and not just once either!
King George has never mentioned this location in reports, maybe just a wild guess by ‘Mr Grumpy’ who goes on to say that he fishes and returns the majority of fish, especially breeders back to the water.
For his information these fish were within the legal limits, but ‘Mr Grumpy’ is still not happy.
He goes on to say that a couple of years ago he read an article in a fishing magazine that King George writes for on how other little creeks or places are mentioned as an “easy catch” and being over fished.
He concludes by saying that King George is doing this to make himself look better.
For ‘Mr Grumpy’s’ information, the locations he refers to are still very popular and don’t seem to be fished out.
Apparently no one is complaining.
King George, although generally disagreeing with ‘Mr Grumpy’, defends his right to air his views, no matter how wrong he might be!
Inverloch: Although we have not yet had the long hot summer predicted there have been good patches of conditions that have been great.
Boats seem to come from nowhere and most have positive reports.
Graham Arthur decided to try his luck out from the boat ramp at Mahers Landing and managed a mixed bag of silvers, mullet and flathead and although they were not huge, Graham said they were all well over the size limit and his crew was happy.
The recent warm weather seems to have stirred p good numbers of garfish which is also very good news.
They can be caught on light gear with a small long shank hook around the size 6 to 8 mark.
They will respond to a variety of small bait presentations such as pipis and gents.
Wonthaggi Angling Club: The club held its monthly competition last Sunday where fish of the month was flathead.
There were 39 members and visitors in attendance and were welcomed by president Peter Clarke.
There were eight fish weighed in and the winner of the senior male section was Robert Thompson with a 525gm flathead for 1575 points.
The junior male section was won by first timer Harry Howell with a 235gm flathead for 705 points.
The senior female section was won by Jan Beaumont with a 300gm whiting for 840 points.
The veterans section was won by Alan Bentick with a 830gm whiting for 2324 points.
President Peter Clarke thanked sponsor AWA Electrical and Data Suppliers who have been very good supporters of the club.
There seems to be a bit of confusion among some who turn up at the weigh-in.
For their information the fish of the day doesn’t necessarily mean that if one is caught it will win the competition.
The weigh-in is all about the number of points that each fish will attract and even if a particular fish is a bit bigger than other fish size wise it may not necessarily win the event.
Port Welshpool: Over the weekend, according to information from the Boat Storage the conditions were quit good and the fish responded in kind.
The main fish caught were snapper that were to the 6kg mark as well as gummies and very good size flathead.
The fish were well spread out and places such as the Franklin Channel and the entrance were very productive.
Good size whiting to the 38cm mark are being caught in the Lewis Channel as well as silvers and flathead that are making a visit to these areas well worthwhile.
Shallow Inlet: Karen Starrett at Shallow Inlet runs the local caravan park says there was some quite good fishing over the weekend with the generally good conditions.
Whiting were in very good numbers as well as pinkies, flathead and silvers making up impressive bags.
Although there is no constructed boat launching facility, small craft can be launched from the sand with most areas firm.
However there are patches that are soft and should be avoided.
This was something one errant boater found when he went out to the channel at low tide and became well and truly bogged.
The car stayed that way and the incoming water filled it up with water to the roof.
The car stayed there for two days and is a write-off.
King George won’t name the unfortunate one as no doubt he has already had plenty of stick and realizes that a boat full of fish is far better than a car full of water.
Lakes Entrance: Rigby Island and Reeve Channel are producing some large flathead, salmon and a few King George whiting.
Trevally are still around the jetties. Prawn and pilchard are best bait.
Lake Tyers: Flathead are active throughout the lake, with soft plastics picking up fish.
Bream have been caught in the evening, around the Glasshouse and No 2 Jetty, using pilchard, prawn and glassies.
Trident Arm has good size tailor.
Mitchell River: Estuary perch are still biting around the highway bridge, on green plastics.
Bream have been landed from Shadoof Lodge to Eagle Point on spider crab and peeled prawn.
Tambo River: Howletts Flat has good size bream, taking prawn and hard bodied lures.
Nicholson: The jetties and both bridges are good for bream although only a few have been size. Try sandworm and prawn.
Metung: The jetty and Shaving Point have bream and King George whiting being landed on pipi and prawn.
Paynesville: Bream are around the jetties, with flathead and a few King George whiting in the canals. Sandworm, soft plastics and prawn are catching fish.
Hollands Landing: Bull Point has good size flathead and bream being taken on soft plastics, whitebait and prawn.
Marlo: Estuary perch are biting around snags, using live prawn and hard bodied lures.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on snafu1dcsi.net.au or 5672 3474. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
AS much as the rain was a nuisance on Saturday, it was much needed and gave the gardens a good soaking and put some water back in the tanks.
The rain was heavy early and looked like the only thing on the water was going to be the pelicans waiting for a feed but the rain and the weather cleared earlier than expected and by early afternoon there were several boats heading out.
Sunday was a completely different story and it was like the CBD, especially offshore.
There was some good weather during the week but very few took advantage of it.
With the changing weather it seemed to make the land based fishing very changeable as well and the reports we did get were all over the place and time.
The odd good salmon was reported this week from the surf but I wouldn’t say any were monsters – just better than has been reported over the last few weeks.
Two beaches stood out as they often do, Anzacs at Woolamai and Cemetery at Kilcunda.
Most of the salmon were small and not much over 500 grams but a couple were reported that went 1.5kg.
Several salmon were reported from the boats as well and they seemed to be a bit better in quality especially those caught offshore.
Both the land based and boating customers told me they saw plenty of birds working on some big schools of what appeared to be salmon.
If you are offshore and do come across these schools of fish it is well worth going to have a look as there have been a couple of stripey caught recently and there is always the chance this time of the year there will be kingfish mixed up with the salmon.
Whiting remain the best or at least most consistent catches from the boats; they are difficult to find on the land at the moment.
Boating below the bridge in Cleeland Bight the whiting have been a bit scarce and any reports I did get from boats were only of one or two.
The kayaks reported slightly better numbers from Cleeland Bight and on the San Remo side of the bight but the best reports came from that triangle, Reef Island, Bass River and the Top Light.
Those reporting whiting told me they did have to move around a bit but generally when they found them would pick up a few at once.
I had a couple of reports from those who just picked a spot and sat there for the tide and said every half hour or so they would pick up three or four, wait a while and they would come on again.
The fish reported this week were a bit mixed in size and it didn’t seem to matter where you fished as there was no consistency to the size.
Other reports came from Boys Home Channel, Rhyll and still the odd reports from The Corals and the deeper water.
Pinkies just haven’t happened this year, why? Who would know but I guess that’s just the way fishing goes and no two seasons are alike.
We are getting a few reports but not the numbers you would expect to see for this time of the year.
But when you think it isn’t going to happen or is all over for the season someone wanders in and has a bag full of quality pinkies.
I am getting the odd report of a pinkie and most are coming from those fishing for whiting.
When I do get a report of good numbers the report comes from The Corals.
Like the pinkies the gummies over the last few weeks have been a bit quiet and not a lot of numbers to speak of.
This week the numbers weren’t anything too special but the quality was good and we had half a dozen or so around 8kg reported.
All the reports came from the boats and all but one came from the channel along the island between Gardners Channel and Elizabeth Island.
The other thing that was common to all but one report was the bait was freshly caught salmon or squid.
With the perfect conditions on Sunday the bay looked almost empty although the car parks were full because everyone was offshore.
There were three groups, those chasing kingfish, those casing Makos and those looking for a feed of flathead.
After the reports recently the kingfish areas were the most popular; but there wasn’t a lot to show for it – extra homework is needed.
I had a couple of reports of people that hooked up on kingfish but didn’t manage to land them.
Flathead were good offshore but small patches and a few drifts were needed to find a patch then drifting back over the same line.
Most of the flathead came from along the 35m to 40m lines east of the cape.
Most people I spoke to said they had some type of bait around the boat during the day.
Yakkas, slimmeys, arrow squid and couta made up the schools of bait with a couple of good catches of salmon, some up to 2kg.
Silver whiting in close off the glasshouse in about 25m of water and I didn’t actually see any but was told about a few more small stripey caught.
Because I have to write my report Sunday to make the paper deadline I haven’t got all the reports in from offshore and apart from the one Mako that was lost at Kilcunda I haven’t had any more reports and the kingfish reports usually take an extra day or so to filter in but if you keep an eye on our Facebook page I will keep that up to date as I get reports.