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These two quality sized snappers were caught by Jim’s Bait and Tackle customer Matt on Good Friday.

by King George

THE expected awful predicted weather hasn’t really amounted to much apart from some east wind which did not have much effect as far as boaters were concerned.

Surf Beaches: The expected bad weather has held off over Easter and as a result the beaches have been very popular with landbased anglers.
At Venus Bay there have been consistent positive reports of salmon to the 2kg mark being caught mainly of the run in tide.
The best of the baits have been whitebait, squid, and salted pipis.
Tom Owens and a crew decided to try their luck off number three beach and decided to try something new.
They had some fresh chicken skin and soaked it in tuna oil just for an experiment.
They arrived at low water on the run in tide and in short time had some very good size salmon that took the place of what was originally planned for dinner that night.

Along the beaches at Kilcunda there have been reasonable numbers of salmon being caught. Sam Johnson decided to try his luck off the rocks at Kilcunda with a mate and managed five very nice whiting that were all caught on pipis.
The fish were caught at low water on the start of the run in tide and they were weary of how dangerous this time of tide can be.
They noticed how quickly the tide was rising and decided that it was time to go which was a good move.
This is timely advice to others contemplating rock fishing as it is considered by authorities the most dangerous of all sports, with the probable exception being javelin catching.

Inverloch: King George came across a new angler, Robin who resides in Wonthaggi.
Robin says that he is new to fishing and doesn’t have a boat but is always out trying to catch a fish from the shoreline.
When visited by King George he was looking forward to catching a fish, preferably a big whiting but he just loves the sport.
We all wish him all the best. There were a few other landbased anglers who had just a few mullet but were enjoying the fine sunny conditions.
There was also a visiting boat arrive back at Mahers Landing after a day out on the water and had a few mullet and silver to show for their efforts.
Zane Daniels was the skipper and explained that they often come down from Melbourne and stay at a friend’s house and then go out fishing whenever they can.
He said that they only caught a few small fish to show for their efforts but there were times when they hooked into something that would have been much bigger but an annoying large seal stole the fish each time before it could be landed.
There have been similar reports of this unwanted visitor and some boaters have been compounding the situation by feeding it and as a result it won’t leave which is alright until its welcome is worn out but it still will stick around.
As a result the fish move to some place else but that doesn’t worry the seal as its still being fed. The idea is not to feed it in the first place.
There have been other reports by boaters doing reasonably well further up as far as the double islands. This is where there has been a mixture of silvers, mullet, flathead, coutta and a few pinkies being caught mainly on the run out tide.
The run out tide has been the most productive time to try your luck and for those who know where to look, perch are still in good numbers that are taking baits such as Bass yabbies, pipi and squid cocktail.
Also for those not familiar with this area, the water can become very shallow on as the tide runs out and boats can be caught in the soft mud, so always be aware of this as there can be a long wait before the incoming water comes to the rescue.

The jetty at Inverloch was very busy over the weekend with mainly visitors trying their luck off the jetty. There was a fair bit of water mixed in with the fish and those caught were mainly salmon and mullet that were a long way off gracing the table size wise.

Shallow Inlet: Karen Starrett who runs the local caravan park with husband Andrew says that after the lull recently the fish have really started to fire up with whiting to the 50cm mark as well as flathead and gummies making up very impressive bags. The fish have been taking a variety of baits, which include pipis; Bass yabbies and squid have been taken at low water on both sides of the tides. There has also been a sprinkling of salmon to the 2kg mark that are being bagged on a variety of surface lures.

Port Albert: Information from the General Store is that the fish have been going very well, both inside and outside the inlet.
Inside there have been whiting to the 45cm mark, flathead and good size gummies being bagged. Pipis, strips of pilchards, Bass yabbies and sand worms have been very effective.
Outside there have been good numbers of snapper, gummies and kingfish being caught on a variety of baits.
The jetties have also been productive where flathead, silvers, mullet, squid and eels have been rewarding efforts by landbased anglers.

Lakes Entrance: King George whiting and trevally are biting between Nyerimilang Park and Nungurner, in Reeve Channel. Peeled prawn and pilchard have been the best of the baits. Flathead and trevally are also being bagged in the shallows of Cunningham Arm, east of the footbridge. Plenty of salmon have been landed off Eastern Beach.

Lake Tyers: Flathead are active from Mud Island to Black Snake Bight. Try soft plastics.
Bream have been harder to find due to cooler water temperature. However, some have been caught in Blackfellows Arm on live prawn

Mitchell River: Bream and a few flathead have been taken between Shadoof Lodge and Eagle Point. Soft plastics, blue bait and mussel are best of the baits.

Tambo River: The Reynolds Road area is producing bream on prawn, shrimp and sandworm.

Nicholson: Bream have been landed under the railway bridge, using peeled prawn and soft plastics.

Keep the fishing info coming to King George on snafu1@dcsi.net.au or 5672 3474. Good Luck and Tightlines.

Around the Bay

By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo

MY older customers are saying it has been one of the worst seasons for weather that they can remember with relentless east south east wind patterns and big swell but the weather gods have saved the best to last with an almost perfect four days in a row over the Easter break.
Many had no confidence in the weather forecast though and decided to leave their boat at home but were extremely disappointed once they were here.
For those who did hook the boat up and bring it down they found the ramps to be very quiet, very few boats in their favourite fishing spot and plenty actually found a feed of fish.
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Like most of the year the fish weren’t jumping into the boat or on to the jetties but a bit of perseverance and time fishing bought rewards.
No one was bagging out but we did see plenty of fish over the weekend and naturally with more people fishing there were more fish caught. The jetties were busy most of the weekend.
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The San Remo jetty produced mainly calamari, not a lot of bigger ones and the reports came from all through the day with the better catches morning and evening.
As usual there was a variety of jig colours used and there wasn’t really a standout one. I had customers reporting that they had calamari chasing their jigs two or three times but not taking it. Then someone else would drop theirs in and it would get attacked on the first cast.
Sounds typical of them just wanting a different colour, problem was most times the second person it was using the same colour.
Sometimes there is just no science to it just a bit of luck. When you are using artificial jigs don’t forget to change it up all the time, jig it, retrieve it fast, slow, let it sink just helps get the squid interested and might just help you hook one.
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Newhaven, Cowes and Rhyll jetties all produced various fish over the weekend and those fishing at Cowes overnight also hooked up on something too big to stop.
Many of the catches were undersize or wrasse and toadies but several people also managed to take a couple home for tea. We had salmon, mullet, flathead, whiting, pinkies, gummy shark all reported from the jetties.
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The best reports of landbased reports came from the beaches or rocks over the weekend.
Several salmon, mostly under 600g came from the surf beaches with a couple of reasonable flathead from the surf club beach at Woolamai.
The rocks at Sunderland Bay and Smiths at low tide produced some better size fish in between the wrasse with several pinkies and trevally as well as a couple of whiting and flathead.
The back beach at Woolamai in Cleeland Bight was a bit slow but a couple of quality flathead and pinkies and a salmon that was over 1kg were reported over the 4 days.
Off the rock wall in San Remo there was a couple of catches of small salmon again with the usual flathead on the high tide just not many over the minimum size.
I had a couple of second hand reports of garfish in the evenings from off the rock wall as well.
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The other landbased reports came from Temby and Stockyard Point where a few customers fish the early or late low tides.
Success was mixed with several rays and undersize gummies but we did hear of a couple of elephant fish and a decent size gummy from Temby.
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With the lack of boats on the water it meant you were able to have a whole area to yourself which was very handy in Cleeland Bight if you were chasing calamari.
Drifting by far is the best method to be successful in that area but can be difficult with a lot of boats around.
You might need to slow down your drift at times and a sea anchor comes in handy. Drifting in that area isn’t like drifting offshore and you will only be doing short drifts and you must also put some time into the best place to start.
A GPS with the tracking turned on also is an advantage to ensure you are covering different ground each unsuccessful drift.
We had a lot of reports over the four days from those just heading down to get a couple of calamari for bait to those heading down to get a few for a feed. The size was good with several well over the 1kg mark. Most were caught on artificial jigs of all sorts of colours with a couple on baited jigs.
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Pinkies are still hard work with Westernport being by-passed this year by most of the school fish for some reason.
The odd reports came in over the weekend but not in much better numbers than it has been all season.
There seems to be several very small ones around and a handful of bigger snapper but we are missing those mid 30cm school fish.
The size ones that were reported came from the shallower waters in the top end of the bay around Loelia Shoal and the area from the top light to the bass river but again not a lot of them.
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Those who fished The Corals looking for the pinkies found plenty of tiny ones and plenty of tiny flathead.
One customer managed a couple of whiting around 40cm and others found some good flathead around 40cm but there was plenty of bait thieves in between.
There were also plenty of yakkas at times around The Corals. Most of the gummies were small and either undersize or not worth bringing back. The better gummies came from around Gardner’s Channel and further towards the western entrance.
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I had a couple of reports of gummies from those chasing whiting as well around the Dickies Bay area and over towards Reef Island.
Whiting have been reasonable while nothing too special with a few smaller ones showing up over Easter.
Those who were most successful on the whiting caught them earlier in the week in the evening and they seemed to slow as the weekend and the moon got closer.
I have no idea how much of a difference the full moon actually makes but over recent months the reports definitely seem to slow down at that time, problem is the weather usually isn’t that good either which could have more to do with the lack of reports.
There are plenty of theory’s in fishing but one thing that is certain is time on the water generally brings benefits and those who spent plenty of hours on the water over the weekend at least found a feed.