A FINE spell of conditions towards the end of the week saw boaters and landbased anglers out and about trying their luck.
Inverloch: With the changing of the sand banks inside the entrance anglers have had to work out some new spots but it hasn’t taken them long to find where the fish are.
Just inside the entrance there is now a big pool Mother Nature has provided with landbased anglers trying their luck.
A few reasonable size mullet have been bagged along with sand flathead but there haven’t been any other reports.
Further up the inlet around Pensioners Corner there have been mullet, silvers and flathead being taken on baits such as pipis, Bass yabbies and sand worms but no whiting apparently.
Late in the week there were reports of a school of perch that paid a visit to the Inverloch jetty, which is very unusual.
It seems that those few who were fortunate enough to be present at the time enjoyed a very productive short stint of fishing until they disappeared but it just proves that you won’t catch them at home.
There has been a bit of activity at Stevies Gutter where salmon and flathead as well a few whiting have been landed mainly on Bass yabbies but no reports of perch but of course that doesn’t mean that they aren’t there.
The best time to fish this area is on the run off tide when the fish come off the nearby sand banks into the channel and with a bit of luck there could be a good sizes gummy make an appearance.
Out from the “A” frame house near the boat ramp at Maher’s Landing there have been reasonable numbers of silvers and gummies being bagged on the run off tide.
King George came across Daniel Wilkinson and a mate who didn’t want to be named or photographed at Mahers Landing who had just returned from a boat trip.
They were looking for whatever might come along with the intention of having fish for Easter.
As it turned out they had probably just enough reasonable size silvers to do the job they caught a short distance out and didn’t waste too much fuel in the process.
Other boaters have been doing reasonably well further upstream from the ramp as far as the Double Islands where coutta have been caught for those interested.
There have also been a few pinkies, mullet and flathead making the effort worthwhile.
There are good numbers of perch being caught for those who know where to look where the run off tide has been good with perch taking soft plastic lures and baits such as Bass yabbies and sand worms.
Last week there was an 80cm mulloway that was caught in the Tarwin River by a happy angler.
The fish is still in the river as it was photographed for bragging purposes and returned to the water but unfortunately for technical reasons’ the pic could not be published.
Shallow Inlet: Information from the caravan park is that there had been good numbers of whiting being caught after quiet period the previous week.
There were quite a few undersize fish caught and thrown back which is a good sign for the future. Pipis and squid appear to have been the best of the baits. A well as the royals there were also flathead and a good sprinkling of gummies that made the efforts worthwhile.
Port Welshpool: Although there were only a few boats out on the water the Franklin Channel was where there were quite good numbers of quality snapper to the 6kg mark caught.
Baits such as pilchards, squid and fish fillets were among the best of the presentations.
There were also quite a few good size gummies being caught in the same area at the entrance.
There were not any reports from the Lewis Channel but no doubt the area would be worth a visit where they have been caught in good numbers to the 37cm mark as well as silvers and flathead.
The best time has been on the run off water with Bass yabbies, squid and pipis being the best of the baits.
Port Albert: Information from Rob Killury who runs the local general store with wife Ulla says that there have been good numbers of snapper, flathead, gummies and salmon being caught. This he says is great news as far as Easter is concerned and there have also been whiting being caught off the jetties.
There have been quite a few undersize royals being bagged but this is a good sign for the future.
As well as the whiting off the jetties there are mullet, flathead, silvers and eels also making an appearance. For the benefit of those who are unfamiliar with the area there are quite a few private jetties and permission must be sought to fish from them.
Permission will most likely be given and it is just a matter of good manners in the first place.
There was a late report that whiting were being caught a short distance out from the jetties by boaters. Again for those not familiar a visit to the general store, which is located on the left side of the road at the entrance to Port Albert, is always good for local advice as well as fishing gear and a variety of fresh baits.
They also have a gantry for game fish as well as scales that will handle the smaller species and of course photos can be taken for bragging purposes.
Lakes Entrance: One lucky angler landed a 2.5kg Albacore off Bullock Island.? Salmon, trevally and a few king George whiting have been caught in the Channels, using local prawn, pilchard, pipi and metal lures.
Plenty of prawns are in the Lake, so the fish are feeding well. Recent wind and rain has affected fishing, but patience will get you bream and luderick.
Lake Tyers: Flathead fishing in the main Lake has been reasonable with peeled prawn and soft plastics picking up fish in deep water. Bream and the odd flathead have been landed off the Silt Jetties. Best of the baits seems to be Bass yabbies and sand worms.
Mitchell River: Bream are biting between Three Gums and the mouth, using sandworm and prawn.
Nicholson: The Tyres area is producing bream on shrimp, prawn and soft plastics. The recent bream competition had plenty of anglers out, but fishing was slow. However some good size bream were taken on local prawn, mussels and sandworm.
Metung: Bream have been landed off the wharf, using sandworm and peeled prawn.
School and King George whiting are in the Strait, with pipi and sandworm catching fish. Gravelly Point on Raymond Island has been good for flathead. Try soft plastics for best results.
Marlo: Both Rivers have bream, estuary perch, mullet and flathead, taking local prawn, diving lures and soft plastics.? Salmon and tailor are still prevalent off the surf. Silver metal lures have been fairly productive.
Bemm River: Trolling lures in the Channel has large tailor being caught.? Bream are in the lake, with local prawn accounting for most fish.?
The surf has salmon and trevally. Blue bait and poppers are best bait.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on email@example.com or 56 723 474. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
EASTER is here already and as I write this report on Sunday the forecast is looking very favourable for a few day of fishing over the long weekend.
A rain coat might be needed as it won’t be a heat wave and the odd shower will be around but the forecast is for very light winds.
As I said it is Sunday when I write this report so plenty of time for things to change but surely we are due for some good weather on a holiday weekend.
It is also the school holidays so there are plenty of kids heading down to the jetty to have a fish unfortunately it is also the time that I hear stories of kids coping a bit of abuse for tangling lines ect. Fortunately when I was a kid my dad taught me to fish and the right way to do things and I am sure many people my age would have had the same thing.
Unfortunately many kids now days don’t have that same support and maybe with a little less abuse and a bit more help there will be less tangles.
For those new to the area it can be quite challenging to fish some of the landbased spots around the island and the best thing to do is wander into the shop and I will help you out as much as I can. Boating also can be quite challenging especially if you are used to river fishing or come from Port Phillip Bay and although not as dangerous or scary as is often portrayed of Westernport there are a few tricks that can make a day on the water more enjoyable.
We will be extending our hours over the Easter weekend and don’t forget that daylight savings finishes on Sunday morning making it a bit lighter in the morning for those early starts.
We will be open from 6am Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings and keep an eye on our Facebook page for up to date reports.
One of my customers has been chasing rock flathead for some time now and finally he has been successful with a very respectable one of over 1kg that he caught around the top light in the main channel.
We have had several reports this season of rock flathead being caught and while they are not the most common flathead caught they are one of the better eating flathead.
If you are lucky enough to find them you don’t often get more than a couple and they are usually reasonably good size.
Most of the ones I have reported come from the edges of the main channel at Newhaven and have been caught both on bait, squid or blue bait and soft plastics jigged off the bottom.
There is no shortage of undersize flathead on the corals and I have had the odd report of size ones being caught.
The Corals is a good spot to head because this time of the year, as has been the reports over the last few weeks you have a chance of Flathead, Pinkies, elephant fish the odd gummy and generally yakkas or salmon schools but don’t forget to put a squid jig in the water down deep as several calamari have come from there this season.
On The Corals the elephants haven’t been in huge numbers but when you can only get one each I guess they don’t have to be.
Pinkies on the corals this week, when the weather has allowed haven’t been too bad with several reported in the mid-30s but nothing too special.
The gummies from the same place haven’t been all that big with a lot of undersize ones.
There seems to be plenty of people that have no idea how to measure a gummy still and I had a couple of reports from people at cutting tables seeing gummies well undersize.
When they have asked the question of the angler the answer is the same “I thought you measure them from nose to tail” you could maybe understand someone new to fishing but these people were clearly not new.
The better gummies this week came from the channel along the island around long point and much further up towards Temby Point but no pattern to when with reports from different parts of the tide and day.
The best we heard of was just under 8kg with several around the 4kg which are perfect eating size. The baits were also mixed with squid and pilchard as usual the best but Fresh, Frozen, old or new didn’t seem to matter.
In another first a new customer came in a week ago to purchase her first fishing licence and managed to catch a 1.7kg salmon from the beach at Woolamai that afternoon not bad for your first fish.
Salmon reports from the beaches have been slow this season but I think it has more to do with the weather with very few people fishing.
The strong winds and big swells have made fishing Kilcunda almost impossible at times with so much weed washing in making it difficult to find a clear spot.
Woolamai was better as it seems to be a bit more protected around the corner of the cape but the further down the island you went the worse it got.
We haven’t had many runs of salmon from Woolamai like we normally get and catches have just been of an odd one but we have seen some different fish being caught.
Over the last couple of weeks we have had reports of Flathead a couple of trevally and even two pinkies have come from the surf club beach around to the left.
Anzacs has seen a few smaller salmon during the day and one gummy at night with a couple of draughtboard sharks also showing up at night.
A couple of good bags of whiting during the week in between the ordinary weather mostly from the evenings and the trend continued on the weekend when conditions improved with a few more caught during the day as well.
There was some very good size ones caught during the week and very good numbers as well.
Most of the catches this week came from the top end of the bay and the most successful reports from those fishing in the wind came from those using two anchors to hold into the tide.
The other thing common to the best reports was squid and pilchard for bait, pipis worked as usual but it was surprising how many were caught on the other two baits.
Plenty of complaints are still coming in of too many toadies and leather jackets in the Dickies Bay area and there isn’t a whole lot you can do about it other than just preserver.
A few odd reports came from Reef Island, Tortoise Head, Boy’s Home Channel and not as many in quantity but respectable in size came from Cleeland Bight.
Calamari are still around but from the landbased customers they are in a meal for one quantity whereas the boats are managing a few more numbers.
The San Remo jetty has been slow but most who regularly fish there are finding a couple every second trip or so.
The size is nothing too huge and there have been quite a few very small ones and they have seen a lot swimming around just not interested in the jigs.
The boats and the kayaks as usual have been better with drifting the best method.
Most have come from Cleeland Bight but this week I had several reports from Dickies Bay, Coronet Bay and up near the Bass River.
Just before we shut the shop last Sunday we had a phone call from a customer asking to weigh a Mako which would be the first one for the season.
They were fishing in close near the windmills and it weighed in at just under 75kg so plenty of flake for all the crew.
With the water still at around 19 degrees and if we get a break with the weather there is every chance we will see a few more before the season is finished.
They also managed flathead, snapper and several other species. This Sunday was much the same story with a customer giving me a call Sunday afternoon and wanting to weigh a Mako.
This one wasn’t quite as big at 40kg but still a quality eating fish.