by King George
This is not the way to launch a boat at Shallow Inlet.
JUST before last week’s publication King George received a report that a crew decided to try their luck off Shallow Inlet.
This is a renowned, relatively small stretch of very productive water.
The sand is fairly firm in most places but there are no go areas as vehicles can be caught in soft patches, which can be a trap.
This happened to a fisher who picked a fine day to wet a line at low water-which is reasonable.
However the operator picked a soft patch of sand a long way from the shoreline.
Apparently there was no assistance available and with the vehicle became well stuck in the mud all the hapless one could do was watch as the incoming water slowly engulfed the trailer and vehicle to the roof line.
It appeared that the vehicle and trailer were both stuck for around two days before help arrived but of course by that time the damage had been done.
For the benefit of those not familiar with this area it would be a good idea to contact the local caravan park for information so unfortunate episodes like this can be avoided.
There are signs erected and if not followed and they are disobeyed then it appears that the insurance company could disallow a claim.
Inverloch: The recent bout of hot yet settled weather has seen many boats on the water trying their luck with most having some degree of success.
Whiting have been caught from the entrance where there are generally better size fish and taking baits such as Bass yabbies, pipis and strips of pilchards on size six hooks or something similar.
Mullet seem to be right throughout the inlet where the best baits seem to be pipis.
Flathead numbers are plentiful but there have been some anglers that have been keeping undersize fish.
Most fishers will agree that the size limit of 27cm is too small and something like 30cm at least would be more appropriate.
King George received a call from a visitor who had difficulties at the Inverloch boat ramp.
He arrived at high tide with a very fast run in flow and had all sorts of difficulties.
He was advised that it might have been better if he chose Mahers Landing where the tide is much slower and would be easier to handle especially at high water, as there is a very shallow grade.
At low tide he would probably have to put his vehicle in the water-which is far from ideal. He was advised that if he did do this then it is vital that he thoroughly wash underneath to get rid of any salt water but it would be best to avoid contact in the first place.
Still at Mahers Landing there has been good numbers of fish being caught on both sides of the tide with quality mullet the dominant species.
There has also been flathead, silvers, coutta and pinkies being caught and given the good conditions anglers will be happy with their efforts.
Venus Bay: Any of the five beaches have been very productive where salmon has been the main species.
The fish have been to the 2kg mark and taking baits such as white bait, salted pipis and surf poppers.
George Nyeung and a couple of mates decided to try their luck through the week and managed nine very good size torpedo fish that were caught on whitebait on the run in tide. There has been the odd gummy shark being caught along with flathead as well as pinkies. Beyond the breakers boaters have been making the trip from Inverloch boat ramp and taking good size flathead as well as gurnard.
There have also been quality gummy sharks and no doubt other species have been making the effort well worthwhile.
Also out wide there are big flathead, gummy sharks and snapper making up pleasing bags but no reports of any big toothies such as mako sharks.
For those who know where to look there are also quality whiting with fish in excess of 50cm not uncommon. Bass yabbies and pipis are the favourite baits as well as strips of pilchards.
Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that there have been plenty of good size pinkies being bagged along with flathead in the Franklin Channel and Singapore Deep on just about all the usual baits.
This was when that awful east wind let up and good conditions prevailed.
Quality gummy sharks are also making up bags and with any sort of luck the good fishing will continue.
The Lewis Channel which flows past the long jetty has been giving up good size whiting to the 37cm mark with the best baits being Bass yabbies, pipis and squid.
The jetties have also been popular with land-based anglers where mullet are in good numbers along with flathead, silvers, squid and the occasional whiting.
The run in tide has been the best time to try your luck and the eastern end of the structure seems to be the best place to wet a line.
Port Albert: Rob Killury runs the local general store and says that the fishing is going along very well.
He says that there are very good numbers of pinkies being bagged on various baits such as pilchards and squid inside the entrance.
Good numbers of flathead are being caught along with gummies, silvers and whiting to the 45cm mark.
The jetties have also been well worth a visit where silvers, flathead, mullet and eels are among the variety of fish being caught mainly on the run in tide.
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.
Metung: Tailor and bream are biting off the jetties using prawn, whitebait and hard bodied lures.
Paynesville: The wharf has plenty of bream being caught on bread and sandworm. King George whiting are around the yacht club and flathead in the canals. Try prawn and pippi.
Hollands Landing: The mouth of the strait into Lake Victoria is still good for bream and flathead. Soft plastics and prawn are taking fish.
Marlo: Fishing has been excellent in the estuary, with a recent competition resulting in good bags of bream, mullet, flathead and estuary perch. Luderick are around the Rock Groyne. Both rivers are also fishing well.
Bemm River: The channel is still good for tailor and trevally on lures. The lake has good size bream and flathead, taking local prawn.
Tamboon Inlet: The campsite area is providing some good sport with flathead and bream being landed on soft plastics and prawn.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on firstname.lastname@example.org or 56 723 474. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
IT has been a very strange week for fishing reports especially over the weekend where there were plenty of boats out Saturday but much quieter Sunday and the reports from both days all over the place.
Every year there is someone that is heading offshore for the first time and is unsure what or when it is safe to do so.
As far as the entrance goes the eastern entrance is probably one of the safer open water options. The main rules that apply as it dose in the bay is tide v wind, tide with the wind will usually mean calmer conditions.
The other main difference is swell which can have an effect on some people that can fish in the bay all the time but five minutes in the swell and you will be heading home.
Apart from the seasickness the swell obviously can have a big effect on safe boating and can take some time to get used to how to drive in big swell conditions.
Unlike up the coast we don’t get the big long swell we get a far more dangerous short and steep swell.
Before you load the boat with all the fishing gear for a trip offshore go for a drive, head a few kilometres offshore up and down the coast, stop in the swell for a while this will give you an idea how different it is but also who is going to get sea sick so when you do load up to go fishing you can take a quell or similar to help with the seasickness.
When is the best time to head offshore? The best time as general rule but no way gospel is more to do with the direction of the wind. I have fished out there on a 25knot N/E but struggled on a 10Knot S/E.
Obviously swell and tide has a bit to do with it but generally speaking we have a S/W swell 99 per cent of the time so N/E wind flattens the swell S/W wind pushes the swell in faster and will build a chop on top.
S/E wind is the worst as it creates a wave 45deg to the swell and makes it very messy.
Depending on the swell West and East wind are ok till they get above about 12knots or so then it gets messy.
Tide against wind like anywhere in Westernport will make the waves stand up more especially in the entrance and you need to travel about 3km offshore to get past the tides effect.
No different to any other boating, check the forecast and understand the area you are traveling to and if you are unsure ask a local.
If you fish long enough in a boat eventually you will get caught out in a wind change/squall, offshore it can turn bad much quicker so the most important thing is don’t panic your boat is designed to float and providing you don’t do much wrong it will continue to do so.
If it takes three time longer to get home so be it at least you will get there.
Offshore and finally a few days in the same week where conditions allowed you to get outside for a fish.
Kingfish are the flavour of the month and if I got a dollar for everyone that told me they got busted off or lost the kingfish I would have had a very profitable week.
Busted off, that happens with these fish but lost nine out of 10 times will be due to blunt hooks.
I had one customer that was using live bait and got four hits for no result and when he bought his rigs in to show me it was obvious he was never going to catch one, the hooks were so blunt you couldn’t have got them in with a hammer.
I asked him if he sharpened his hooks and he told me he didn’t think he had to because they were strait out of the packet.
To catch kingfish here you need as much in your favour as you can get and the best way is to eliminate all the errors you can control. Not a lot of reports of bigger kingfish landed this week mostly smaller just size ones.
There are plenty being hooked and divers are seeing some good schools so they are still around and should be for the next couple of months.
Live bait and X-Raps have been the best but I have had at least one report on soft plastics and stick baits.
There are plenty of silver whiting out there and you will often feel them as you let down your flathead rig.
Many people think they are just bait but the bigger ones although only a small fillet can be quite sweet to eat and the also pickle very well.
The best way to catch them is with a small hook, longshank No6 on a paternoster rig with very short droppers and a very small piece of squid.
Overhead reels or even handlines work well because you can feel the bite on the way down but generally when you use the type of rig I have explained they will hook themselves so spinning reels will be fine.
Most have been able to get a feed of flathead but the reports would suggest there isn’t a lot of consistency to them.
One customer that was fishing next to his mate down off the glasshouse managed 18 good size tiger flathead while his mate who was only 100m from him managed two average size ones and nothing else.
Most of the flathead reports were in close this week around 25m to 30m of water from the entrance to the windmills but several drifts or moves were needed to find a good patch.
Back in the bay and there are still plenty of calamari to be caught and over the last couple of years it has been a case of, if someone is chasing calamari someone manages to catch some regardless of the time of the year.
The numbers are certainly down a bit at the moment and the jetty has slowed considerably but this happens all through the year when we get these unsettled weather patterns.
Drifting with both baited jigs under a float and casting artificial jigs worked the best.
The size of calamari caught in Cleeland Bight over the weekend was very respectable as well.
Pinkies are playing the hard to get game this week with a very strange pattern, you either caught one or you managed to bag out on 40cm ones.
We just haven’t had the run of pinkies like we normally do and it is anybody’s guess as to the best spot.
The area around Corinella probably just edged out the corals with some caught in the main channel at San Remo as well.
Whiting were a bit the same during the week and slightly better over the weekend but still down on previous weeks.
The sizes are very mixed now and if you catch a few chances are your esky will have whiting ranging from 27cm to 40cm, like the pinkies the area around Corinella was better than this side of the bay this week.
There is plenty of bait in the bay and schools of yakkas and slimmey mackerel can be found in most corners, just use a bit of berley to bring them up to the boat then a sabiki jig will do the trick.
Not a lot of numbers but some very respectable quality garfish have been caught lately on the very last of the ebb tide in very shallow water around dickies bay.
Several people have been asking if we will be having our sale this year and the answer is yes on the long weekend, Sunday, March 8 starting early and running all day and we will be starting to advertise some of the specials on Facebook from next weekend.
The San Remo fishing festival is on as well so bring the kids down as there will be plenty for the whole family to do.