THROUGH the week conditions were not too bad with fairly good results. A good cross section of fish were taken by boaters and landbased anglers and with any sort of luck the good bags will continue.
Inverloch: Through the week there was a bit of that awful east wind which did nothing for the fishing but when conditions allowed, there were quite good bags of whiting caught mainly by boaters where the fish were up to the 37cm mark.
Bass yabbies it appears were the best of the baits as well as pipis and squid and the fish were caught mainly on the run off tide and the first bit of the run in flow.
The better fish were caught closer to the entrance and as well as whiting there were flathead to the 750gm mark which made the effort worthwhile.
Further up towards Stevies Gutter there were smaller whiting to the 33cm mark caught on Bass yabbies and pipis as well as salmon to the 500g mark.
For those who know where to look there have been perch being bagged on the run in tide and have been up to the 1kg mark.
Soft plastic and a variety of lures have been doing the job as well as bass yabbies, sand worms and pipi, squid cocktail also being effective.
Around Mahers Landing there have been quite a few anglers trying their luck. Frank, Prue and Steve are newcomers to the area and over the weekend the decided to try their luck off Mahers Landing. They had previously been doing all right and Frank hooked into and landed a ripper flathead that stretched the tape out to just under the 50cm mark.
He also told how he landed the biggest toad fish he has ever seen and even took a photo for bragging purposes and then threw is back to annoy someone else.
At the time of my visit he and his party had nothing to show for their efforts apart from a couple of salmon that were also thrown back and blamed the stiff east wind that was blowing at the time.
Wonthaggi Angling Club: The club held its monthly competition last Sunday week which is early this month as there are five Sundays in the month.
The sponsor of the month was Wonthaggi Light engines situated in White Road Wonthaggi and their support is very much appreciated.
The business is operated by Matt Boyle who is very successful and a great supporter of the Wonthaggi Angling Club.
He was thanked by President Peter Clarke as well as the 44 members and visitors who were present. Matt is also a great supporter of other sporting bodies in Wonthaggi.
The winner of the senior male section was Sean Thompson with a 440g whiting for 2180 points and the junior male section was Harry Howell with a 290g whiting for 1508 points.
The senior female section was won by Debbie Sharples with a 70g salmon for 840 points and there was no junior female entry.
The veterans section was won by Alan Bentick with a 480g whiting for 2496 points. There was a total of 10 fish weighed in and the secret weight was won by Tynan Wood.
Shallow Inlet: According to Karen Starrett who runs the local caravan park with husband there has not been a great deal of activity in their part of the world for some reason.
Traditionally the area is jumping with quality whiting to the 50cm mark as well as gummy sharks, salmon, silvers and very good quality whiting.
Karen says that there has been some fish greeting the weigh master and no doubt a trip to the area would be worth the effort and hopefully the good times will return.
There is a train of thought that suggests that the large numbers of king fish that have been sighted in these waters has had the effect of spooking the usual quality fish that are intent on avoiding being a meal rather than having one.
Although there have been sightings of the “kingies” chasing hooked snapper as well as chasing schools they don’t appear too keen on taking any baits themselves.
Lakes Entrance: The jetties are producing bream and trevally on local prawn. Salmon and King George whiting are being caught between Rigby Island and Kalimna, using peeled prawn and pilchard.
Lake Tyers: Anglers are bagging out on bream and flathead around Fisherman’s Landing Arm, the Glasshouse and the channel markers. The early morning is the best time, with peeled prawn and pilchard taking fish.
Mitchell River: A few Bass have been landed at Lindenow on scrub worms and lures. Estuary perch are around the Lynd Bridge and striking small hard bodied lures. Bream can be had at the mouth of the river.
Tambo River: Bream are biting at Marshall’s Flat. Try prawn and sandworm.
Nicholson: The car bodies area and mouth are producing Bream on prawn and shrimp.
Metung: The boardwalk is still good for flathead and the odd King George whiting. Mussels and prawn are best bait.
Paynesville: The boardwalk is still good for flathead and a few King George whiting. Mussels and prawn are best bait.
Hollands Landing: Bream are active around Tom’s Creek, using prawn and spider crab.
Marlo: The clearing water in the Snowy has got bream on the move. Local prawn and sandworm are catching fish. Flathead are in the estuary, with soft plastics taking fish.
Paynesville: Ocean Grange has King George whiting to 45cm, plus good size Flathead.
Soft plastics and peeled prawn are picking up fish. Some Bream and Mullet are in the strait. Wattle Point has some Tailor.
Bemm River: Good size bream re being caught in the lake on local prawn.
The surf has salmon, Trevally and gummies are being caught on bluebait.
Tamboon Inlet: Bream and Tailor are cruising between the jetty and mud point. Silver lures and prawn are best bait.
Mallacoota: The Bottom Lake and Narrows have plenty of bream biting on yabbies, prawn and sandworm. The Top Lake has flathead striking soft plastics.
Captains Point has luderick taking weed and tailor chasing metal lures.
Offshore, marlin and gummies are prevalent.
Ovens High Country: The Gibbo River has trout in the deeper holes. Worms and hoppers are worth trying.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on firstname.lastname@example.org or 56 723 474.