THE big blow through the week kept most boats in the shed but there were a few diehards who decided to try their luck but there was plenty of water mixed in with the fish.
There was a late report from Amanda Kellar who says that she has been having a great run of fish such as whiting, pinkies and a very good variety of garfish that have been making up very impressive bags.
Well known Wonthaggi anglers Steve Poole and son Bailey decided to try their luck at one of their local hot spots and managed a very nice bag of quality whiting that were around the 40cm mark.
Fish these sizes are welcome in any angler’s bag and has been the case for some time Steve’s son Bailey showed dad how it was done as he caught most of the fish. Steve said that the majority were caught on the run in tide with fresh pipis and squid being the best of the baits.
Inverloch: When Mick Yeates is not on the bowling green he can be found out on Anderson Inlet in his trusty tinny and rarely fails to return with something in the bag.
On is last trip through the week he had a struggle with just a few reasonable size whiting and then moved to another spot near Mahers Landing.
His luck changed for the better where he got onto some very good size whiting as well as silvers and he was happy.
Tom Greenway and a mate from Morwell put in at Maher’s Landing and managed a mixed bag of mullet, silvers, flathead and a nice size pinkie that were caught on the run off tide mainly on small strips of pilchard.
Land based anglers are having mixed success near the boat ramp but there is enough action to keep them occupied with mullet and reasonable size silvers making up most bags along with the occasional gummy shark at high water.
Tim Pearson and Carolyn O’Shannessy are very keen anglers and decided to try their luck off Maher’s Landing through the week.
Carolyn baited up a whiting rod with a small piece of trevally and soon she had an enquiry on the run off tide and after a long battle she landed a very nice gummy shark.
Tim was impressed and said that Carolyn played the fish perfectly and when the time was right, guided it into the landing net.
As well as the gummy they also managed some very nice size salmon, trevally and quality flathead that were caught mainly on small strips of squid but Carolyn had bragging rights and of course there was the photo shot.
No doubt they will be trying to do it all again at the first opportunity.
Venus Bay: It appears that the beaches have been a bit on and off but there has been enough to keep land based anglers interested.
As to be expected salmon has been the main catch where they have been to the 2.5kg mark and taking a variety of baits.
There is no pattern it would appear with whitebait, silver fish and squid probably being the most successful.
There has been the occasional flathead as well as good size gummy sharks being taken mainly on the run in tide.
The results have been better when high water coincides with very early morning or dusk as this is when the fish will move in close to shore under the cover of darkness.
Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that there have been plenty of good size flathead and snapper being caught on the usual presentations but no sign of gummies for some reason. The snapper have been to the 6kg mark and the best baits seem to be squid, pilchards and fresh fish fillets.
There have not been any reports of any whiting being bagged; no doubt the Lewis Channel would have been worth a visit as there have been in good numbers to the 37cm mark being caught.
The best of the baits have been pipis, Bass yabbies and small pieces of squid have been very productive.
Bellarine Peninsula/Corio Bay: Making an early start in glassy conditions on Friday morning, Andrew Johnson anchored up on the south side of the Point Richards Channel off Portarlington hoping for a snapper, but undersize pinkies were his lot. Making a move, he picked up a promising signal on his sounder along the old Steam packet channel to the north where there wasn’t long to wait before one of his rods buckled, the reel singing to the tune of a 5 kg snapper.
It was barely aboard when a second reel joined the chorus with a melody he was to savour yet a third time before heading back to the ramp with his bag limit catch of three Snapper; each one bigger than the last. ?
Mike Windsor of Clifton Springs Boat Hire reports that a few of his clients have declared the hordes of pinkie snapper a waste of bait: I guess that’s the price paid for the presence of a prize species demonstrating high levels of recruitment: The use of bigger and tougher baits solves the problem.
Whiting have also been present said Mike, along with the best run of garfish seen for some time, the latter being caught within a few hundred metres of the boat ramp. Thanks to Geoff Wilson for this report.
Lakes Entrance: Good size luderick are being caught around the rock wall at Kalimna.
Flathead are in the channels between Fraser and Rigby Islands, taking soft plastics, prawn and pilchard. The footbridge has salmon and trevally biting on metal lures and local prawn.
Lake Tyers: Flathead have been landed in the shallows around Blackfellows Arm and the Glasshouse on local prawn and soft plastics. Best times are at sunrise and late afternoon. Bream and the odd tailor are cruising between No. 2 jetty and the Waterwheel Tavern.
Mitchell River: Eagle Point is producing bream on spider crab and prawn. Bass are busy around Lindenow, taking shrimp and soft plastics.
Tambo River: Patient anglers have been rewarded with bream around the mouth. Local prawn and mussel are picking up fish.
Nicholson: Bream are active between the swimming hole and the mouth of the river. Try prawn and sandworm.
Metung: Flathead and King George whiting are biting around the marina, using shrimp, sandworm and soft plastics.
Paynesville: The jetties are still good for bream. King George whiting, flathead and mullet are in the strait. Best bait is local prawn, sandworm and plastics.
Hollands Landing: The woodpile area has good size bream being caught on prawn, whitebait and pilchard.
Marlo: The Snowy River is still murky, so best fishing has been in Lake Corringle and the Brodribb River. These contain flathead, mullet, bream and estuary perch. Live prawn, sandworm and soft plastics are catching fish.
Bemm River: Bream are taking local prawn and surface lures in the lake. The channel has flathead and trevally on the go using soft plastics and prawn.
Tamboon: Flathead and bream have been landed around Peters Rock using soft plastics, prawn and shrimp.
Mallacoota: The Bottom Lake has flathead striking soft plastics, with Bream biting on yabbies and prawn. A few mulloway are in the narrows. Fish fillets are best bait. Some luderick and trevally are around the wharf. The surf has salmon and yellow fin bream chasing pilchard, poppers and blue bait.
Omeo High Country: Windy weather has kept anglers at bay, but some keen ones are taking trout in the Gibbo and Mitta Mitta Rivers, on bait.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on 56 723 474. Good Luck and Tightlines.