by King George
THE recent run of good weather has had a positive effect on the weather with good bags being taken by boats and landbased anglers.
Local Wonthaggi legend John Bird and son-in-law Paul decided to try their luck at San Remo through the week on a perfect day looking for a whiting or whatever might come along.
As it turned out the perfect conditions were too perfect as they failed to trouble the weigh master. John actually caught a small whiting that he had to throw back of course and said that although there were quite a few other boats out there seem to have been not much activity.
There is a theory shared by some anglers that when the conditions are such that you can see down through the water and see the fish, this means that they can also see you which may make them hook shy. Not a bad theory maybe, but good enough for an excuse.
Inverloch: The evergreen of fishing continues to make a visit to the area well worthwhile.
When conditions have allowed there have been quality gummies being caught on squid, pilchards and fish fillets, preferably fresh.
Good size flathead and pinkies are also being bagged with quality whiting in the same area for those who know where to look.
This is where Bass yabbies have been the best of the baits along with pipis and strips of pilchards doing the job.
Back inside the entrance boaters have been having a bit of a battle to find whiting and this applies up as far as the snags but when one is hooked up it will usually be of very good quality.
The snags, especially is the place for whiting where they have been to the magical 50cm mark.
In the same area there are also good size silvers and flathead being caught at low water on the run out tide.
The area is well named as there is plenty of underwater furniture and when a fish is hooked it is a very good idea to get it up as soon as possible as these fish seem to be well educated and will head straight for the woodwork and if they make it there is every chance that the fish will win the battle.
Shallow Inlet: Information from the local caravan park that is run by Andrew and Karen Starrett is that the water is a bit on the cool side.
The whiting have been a bit on the scarce but there have been good numbers of silvers taking their place and have been of very good size.
There have also been quite a few salmon being caught but are a bit on the small side but still plenty are well over size which makes them great on the table.
For best results they should be bled and placed on ice. There are also good numbers of flathead being caught but they too are not all that big. The fish are taking a variety of baits and are being caught on both sides of the tides.
Port Welshpool: Few would argue that the fishing in this part of the world has been spasmodic at best. The weather forecast over the weekend was not very encouraging to such an extent that there were no boats out on the water at all from the boat storage even though the conditions were very fishable.
Local legend Graham Godding and his crew worked hard all day through the week for just 8 reasonable size flathead and if he struggles then the rest of us mere mortals are going to battle but that’s fishing.
There was another crew through the week that decided to try their luck in the Lewis Channel.
They had a great time and bagged out on quality whiting that were to the 38cm mark and of course were very happy.
There was still more to come as they also got into the gummies and in very short time had their limit of two each and in anyone’s language they had a great day. Yet another party contacted King George with the sad news that they battled 10 hours for just two flathead.
A party decided to try their luck outside the entrance in the vicinity of Cliffy Island.
They managed a mixed bag of fish and one of the crew hooked into something big. The fight dragged on over 2 hours and the big fish, which was a very angry bronze whaler decided to attack the motor before it was finally hauled aboard to cap off a good day.
The big fish dragged the tape way out to the impressive 2.8 metre mark and was around the 200 kg, which was a PB for the crew. Of course there were numerous pics taken for bragging rights and they are looking forward to their next trip to the area to do it all again.
Port Albert: Information from the General Store is that the good fishing continues in this part of the world and when conditions allow there have been whiting caught inside the entrance and off the jetty.
Rob Killury who runs the store says that he is selling plenty of bait and equipment, which is an indication when happy anglers return after a trip with smiles and fish to weigh on the scales and gantry.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on firstname.lastname@example.org of 56 723 474. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
FISHING is a recreation that is a very good way of getting the whole family out into the fresh air, something that has been sadly missing over the last few years with the advent of computers.
It was very pleasing to see over Easter and throughout this season the enquires we have had from those wanting to start out increase dramatically.
Enquires have come from all ages and many from parents wanting to get the whole family involved. Fishing is far from difficult or something you need to be able to run a 4 minute mile to do.
There is very little skills needed and often fishing is only made complicated by the companies selling the gear you need.
My advice to people when they come in and want to take it up is to start at the lower end of the market until you decide you like it or understand it more then buy something that will last you a considerable amount of time.
Whether you are using the cheapest or the most expensive rods and reels on the market maintained and a bit of care after you use them each time will make them last a lot longer.
If you are wanting to get started into fishing or its time to set the kids up drop in and we will help you get started.
This time of the year is a good time to start as it’s a bit quieter and you can learn without upsetting anybody else.
Back on the agenda at the moment is the Super trawler which has snuck back into Australia and is about to start fishing with the support of the government.
There are many arguments as to why these boats shouldn’t be allowed in Australia and none better than the damage they have caused in other parts of the world in depleting fish stocks. It’s important to not get too hung up on the size of the boat when the main concern is the size of the freezers aboard these boats which allow them to stay at sea fishing in the same area for a considerable amount of time. The reports from the government assure us that they are only taking a small percentage of the bio mass of these species, Australia wide, the problem is they don’t really answer the concerns around localized depletion with their fishing practices.
They also fail to mention the dollar value to Australia from this contract which is minimal at best but I guess in an industry where 80 per cent or more of fish commercially caught in Australia end up overseas its following the same trend.
There is plenty of information on the internet about these trawlers and all the reports from our own government departments for you to make up your own mind but read them carefully.
I just have trouble understanding how in one breath the government tells us we need to have more marine reserves, bag limits and fish size limits for sustainability yet are going to allow a proven unstainable fishing practice to take place.
There was a major exodus of people from the island after Easter and there were a lot less people fishing this week which was reflected in the reports.
There was one thing consistent in all the reports we had this week and that was everybody said it was hard work.
We saw several good catches during the week with the good weather but it was more quality than quantity.
The conditions were good enough to fish everywhere through the week which lead to us getting at least some reports many from the not so usual spots.
We had a few reports of elephant fish during the week but there was more from around Leola shoal and current bay than in the traditional elephant triangle. A couple of land based reports of elephants came in as well from the Cowes jetty, Temby Point and one from Rhyll Jetty.
Whiting were hard work that was the comment from most who were chasing them with only small bags reported.
The quality was good though so it did make up for the lack of numbers. You had to be prepared to make several moves and fish areas you normally wouldn’t.
The better reports actually came from the traditional spots with Bass River and Reef Island at the top of the list but I had a couple of reports from boys home channel, Cat Bay, the edge of the channel in Cleeland Bight and a couple from Leola shoal.
I even had a couple of reports from landbased customers this week but they generally were of only one fish. The rocks at Sunderland Bay was the best with a report from Newhaven Jetty, the Bass River and the beach at Ventnor.
From the reports Calamari are very inconsistent with one day very bad and the next very good for no apparent reason.
The jetty at San Remo was consistent this week the problem was it was consistently bad and only a handful were reported.
The numbers from the boats was better and there were a couple of monsters from mid-week in Cleeland Bight. Most of those caught in Cleeland Bight were caught on artificial jigs. Several came from Dickies Bay and Ventnor from both the beach and the boats.
A lot of the focus will start to turn to the beaches and those chasing salmon from the open surf beaches around the island.
For those who are already starting to put some time in are finding a lot of weed is being blown in with the ordinary conditions over the last few months especially from the Kilcunda beaches.
The salmon that are being reported have been mostly small and only a couple over the 1kg mark. Something we have seen from the open beaches this year that we haven’t seen much in the past is the amount of other species being caught, pinkies, flathead and trevally.
Not in big numbers but promising if it is a trend for the future.