AWFUL conditions have done nothing positive as far as fishing is concerned and as a result the reports have been a bit on the scarce side.
Many fishers have decided to leave their boats in the shed, which makes sense, and a few are trying their luck on the surf.
Conditions have been anything but good but that didn’t put off two Wonthaggi tragics Steve Brann and good mate Michael Turton going out looking for a whiting or for that matter anything that might come along.
Michael is now the licensee of the Cape Paterson Tavern where the drinks are cold and hospitality first class and very popular; his fishing prowess however is another matter.
He gave himself a day off and they decided to try their luck at Walkerville, which is renowned for quality fishing.
However, after many hours on the water they had precious little to brag about.
Late in the day an inquisitive seal made an appearance and decided to swim around the boat, which of course completely put the fish off the bite.
Steve desperately wanted the furry visitor to go and annoy someone else but it appears that publican Michael decided that it would be a good idea to feed the unwanted visitor.
After a few offerings it decided to stick around and refused to leave.
He continued feeding his newfound water pet but it would be fair to say that Steve was far from impressed and decided to call it a day and they returned home with nothing more in the bag.
Details of their next trip are not known!
Surf: The cold unpleasant conditions haven’t stopped some land-based surf fishers trying their luck and they have deserved every fish they managed to put in the bag.
James Anderson and a couple of mates decided to try their luck at the Kilcunda Beach when there was a break in the weather.
James said there is plenty of weed being washed up which makes fishing hard going.
Despite this they managed half a dozen very nice salmon that were all around the 800gm mark which was ideal on the table.
The fish were all caught on whitebait on the run in tide.
There haven’t been any reports from any of the other local beaches but when tings return to normal, hopefully things will begin to pick up but that’s fishing.
Inverloch: The changing sand bars are presenting a challenge as far as boaters and land-based anglers are concerned.
The banks are continually on the move.
There has been virtually no activity on the local jetty as conditions have been prohibitive.
Every so often we have a run of bad conditions that we are experiencing now and naturally there is next to no activity out on the water or even for land-based anglers as far as that is concerned.
Shallow Inlet: Andrew Starrett who runs the local caravan park says that over the past week there has been no activity at Shallow Inlet.
He says the wind, rain and awful conditions have not let up through the week.
This of course doesn’t mean that all fishing has closed down, far from it.
The water temperature is now down to the cold winter level that is expected for this time of year.
Any time now Shallow Inlet will see the arrival of large schools of salmon that are traditionally to the 4kg mark which will take a variety of surface lures and just about any natural baits.
They will be accompanied by big silver trevally and these fish will really test equipment and angler skills.
Salmon will often jump clear of the water in an attempt to break free and often escape while silvers will also put up a great fight.
For the benefit of beginners salmon are best eating to the 500gm mark or thereabouts while the much larger fish are not much value and best returned to the water although a couple can be kept for bait for larger fish such as mako sharks.
Silvers however are very good on the table.
Port Welshpool: Like many other areas there has not been any activity over the last week and at the time of this report there is no sign of any relief in sight.
Port Albert: Rob Killury who runs the general store says that like other areas, the bad weather has fishing grind to a halt.
There has not been any boats out and land-based have also decided not to brave the elements.
Prior to the big blow there had been flathead, silvers and a few small whiting being caught by land based anglers off the jetties.
Rob says the fish are still around but we just have wait until the conditions improve.
Lakes Entrance: Try Fraser Island and Nungurner for whiting.
The town jetties for a mixed bag of trevally, tailor, mullet, black bream, silver and king George whiting.
Best results on prawn and pipis.
Off shore snapper are to 40cm are at 6 and 8 mile reefs flatties are in closer.
Best baits seem to be pilchards.
Lake Tyers: Bream and flathead are about at Trident Arm.
Some tailor have been taking metal lures in the bottom lake.
Try late morning in shallow areas for bream and flathead.
Best bait being prawn and plastics.
High tide is good for salmon on the surf.
Mitchell River: Bream are out and about from the Bluff to the Cut and down toward the Two Bells.
To the right of the ramp the holding jetty is worth a try for mullet.
Best bait being prawn and worm.
Tambo River: From the mouth of the river and towards the poplars is producing bream on prawn.
Metung: Lake King Jetty, the Marina and up to Chinamans Creek are best for bream. Bait of choice has been prawn.
Nicholson: Bream are at the town jetties taking prawn.
Sea mullet or potty mullet are being are being caught, best method is jagging them.
Luderick are also about. Leather jackets are taking prawn or berley with potato.
Paynesville: The King Street boat ramp for bream taking mussels. Flathead are out and about in the back lake taking prawn.
A tip from King George to beginners: Many experienced boaters who feel the summer season has finished like to have a look at their craft and look for the ravages of the past year.
This is a very good move as there can be some minor rust spots appearing due to the elements especially the salt water.
It is a very good idea to attend to what is a minor chore as to leave them unchecked they will only develop into major issues and can lead to trouble in future most likely out on the water.
Wheel bearings should also be checked as they keep you going on the road and the boat motor keeps you mobile on the water.
Also check gear to make sure that everything is OK such as rods, reels and terminal tackle.
It’s not rocket science but prevention is better than the cure.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on 5672 3474 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
AFTER spending the last three weeks in weather over 30 degrees [Turkey for Anzac Day] it was a bit of a shock to come back to Melbourne but Melanie did tell me there were a few fine days while we were away and some quality fish caught.
It’s that time of the year where everything is in a bit of a holding pattern with it still well worthwhile heading out for a fish on the fine days over the next month or so when it will then turn more to targeting bait or a long cold night chasing a quality gummy.
Most species will still be possible over the next couple of months and generally the numbers will be down slightly but you tend to see an improvement in quality.
Previous to the bad weather calamari and whiting made up many of the reports coming from the boats while salmon are starting to show up on the beaches.
The best of the reports came from in Cleeland Bight where some good quality calamari were caught from boats and kayak customers.
Most of the calamari were caught on artificial jigs and for some reason the darker colours seemed to be better.
There were a few caught on baited jigs but I think just a lot more were using the artificial ones.
A few whiting were also reported from in Cleeland Bight back towards the first green pole and Grollos.
The best of the whiting reports came from the top of the bay towards Bass River and even a couple reported from in the river from kayak customers.
There was the odd report from Dickies Bay but we were told it was difficult between the toadies, leather jackets and seal.
We also had a report from Boys Home Channel but only one report.
There were several salmon caught up and down the main channel with the odd schools traveling through at the moment.
There have been some good size ones as well with up to 2.5kg reported and they are being caught on a variety of lure colours but mostly metal ones.
From the reports, if trawling use a lure at around 40 to 60 grams, but if you are going to stop and cast through the school of fish lures as small as 15 grams have been working.
While trawling it has been a mixture of colours but casting white or silver the best.
If you are using lures to chase the salmon be prepared to lose the odd one as a few couta have been showing up.
Don’t forget if you are going to head out chasing gummies this time of the year expect anything.
We typically have the odd quality snapper or school shark reported and they generally come from someone targeting gummies.
This was the case a couple of weeks ago when customer Chris managed a snapper around 6kg off Silverleaves.
When we get a break in the weather over the next month or so head offshore as those quality tiger flathead will be around and chances are they will be around the 30cm mark.
You will also find plenty of silver whiting in the same areas.
There is also the chance you will run into a school of salmon or couta which apart from being able to be eaten will make some good fresh baits for your winter gummy fishing.
The only problem this time of the year unfortunately with the water cooling down is the rubbish fish start to move in and already I have had several reports of draughtboard sharks.
You also tend to find no shortage of wrasse as well but at least you will know you have one of these on the line; those other useless fish, draughtboards will sit there for ages and you often only find them when checking baits, so check your baits often.
Slowly the beaches are starting to fire up and regular reports are coming in from especially the open surf and rock ledges along the ocean side of the island.
The best of the salmon are coming from the surf beaches with Anzacs the best.
It has been a bit of a mixture of bait and lures but probably more in favour of bait.
Normally I will get reports from all over the tide but the trend for some reason lately has been the first hour or so of the run out tides.
There have been some very good numbers of calamari caught from San Remo Jetty lately but not all the time.
It seems if you catch a calamari early in your session you will finish up with several by the time you go home but if you can’t see any in the water when you get there chances are you will go home with as many as you came with.
For years beach anglers in the northern states have been using Alvey reels mostly for their simplicity and the fact they are specifically built for the harsh conditions you find on a beach.
We now will be keeping a range of Alvey surf combos and will slowly increase our range over the next few months; you can pop in to the shop or checkout the online shop on www.jimsbaitandtackle.com.au