by King George

KING George received a report through the week from the Black Dog Creek Big Game Fishing Club, which is located at Chiltern in the north east of the state.
Ian Campbell is a very keen member and says that they have 30 members and as well as fishing the rivers they have a lake at Chiltern, which is stocked with trout and yellow belly.
Ian says that recently he caught five very good size yellow belly and returned them all to the water.
He says there are cabins at Lake Anderson and Chiltern is a great place for a holiday where their drinks are cold and hospitality warm.

The Wonthaggi Angling Club held its monthly competition last Sunday where perch was fish of the month.
There were 32 members and visitors who attended at the weigh-in who were welcomed.
Sponsor of the month was Taranto Glass.
The conditions were a bit on the cold side but otherwise quite all right.
The winner of the senior male section was Shaun Thompson with an 890gm perch for 3560 points.
The winner of the female section was Lyn Marshall with a 589gm perch for 2320 points.
The veteran’s section winner was Alan Bentick with a 660gm perch for 2640 points.
The junior male section winner was Harry Howell with a 290gm perch for 1160 points but there was no junior female who weighed in a fish.
The next competition will be on Sunday, July 19 when fish of the month will be mullet.
At the weigh-in there was also a newsletter available, which was produced by secretary Joanne Rhodes and Alan McFayden.
It is proposed to publish one on a regular basis, perhaps each month and be available on the weigh-in day for members and visitors.
If you have anything to contribute it would be appreciated if you could contact one of the above producers.
There was an announcement made that Peter Clarke was retiring from his role as president which he has held for 10 years.
Peter addressed those present and outlined his achievements during his time as president and said he has been a member of the club for over 20 years.
Life member, Alan Bentick also said that Peter has been a very good worker for the club and wished him all the best for the future.
Lyn Marshall and Vicki Matthews then treated those present to a very well prepared supper.
This was much appreciated and it was all washed down with refreshments served by George Scott and Alan Anderson.

Surf: Through the week here were some settled days where anglers were able to try their luck and some very good bags of salmon were bagged.
White bait was the most successful of the presentations along with surf poppers with best results being on the run in tide.

Inverloch: The good conditions prevailed through the week but comparatively speaking there was not a lot of boats on the water.
Those who decided to try their luck managed mixed bags of salmon, silvers, mullet and flathead.
The odd gummy was taken further up towards Mahers Landing where best results seem to have been on the last half of the run in tide.
For those who know where to look there were good numbers of perch being caught on a variety of soft plastic lures and Bass yabbies.
The Tarwin River has been worth a visit with good numbers of quality perch being caught mainly on Bass yabbies making the area well worth a visit.

Port Albert: Ulla Killury who runs the local general store with husband Rob says boaters are bagging out on quality whiting inside the entrance along with good numbers of big gar fish and gummies.
She says the whiting have been caught mainly in the shallow waters on a variety of baits, which include pipis, mussels and squid that is available at the general store.
Ulla says they have scales as well as a gantry for the bigger species such as bronze whalers and of course they will take photos for bragging rights.

Shallow Inlet: Bill Reynolds who is the eyes and ears in this part of the world says that over the weekend there were a few land-based anglers trying their luck but it spears that no one had anything to show for their efforts.
He said there were no boats on the water and the only activity was the presence of garfish but they were very skittish and there were no reports of any being caught.

Lakes Entrance: They have been landing good luderick from the Post Office jetty up to the Floating Dragon Restaurant on local weed.
Some trevally are cruising the town jetties where the best bait is blue bait.
Offshore, the six-mile reef for pinkies, morwong and Nanagi; their bait of choice is pilchard and squid.

Lake Tyers: Devil’s Hole down to Cameron’s Arm in deeper water are good spots to try for bream that are taking prawn.
Surf beach has salmon taking metal lures as preferred presentations even though weather is a bit ordinary.

Mitchell River: Wy-Yung bridge, backwater and highway bridge, have perch taking hard body lures and soft plastics. Bream at grassy banks and down to the cut, taking spider crab and prawn.

Tambo River: There will be a bit of precipitation, but if you are out and about, bream are being taken from Marshalls Flat to the power lines, taking prawn, also give peeled prawn a try.

Nicholson: Drouin Angling Club’s competition was very rewarding with good size bream from 30-40cm which were heading up stream from the tyres and up to the Strait Six.
Best baits are peeled prawn and worm.

Metung: Dolphins are out and about, so fishing may be a game of patience, but again structure and wharfs are a safe bet as fish will try and hide.
Best baits are pipi, local prawn as well as peeled prawn.

Paynesville: Boat ramps and town jetties for mullet, trevally and bream. Best result on worm, shrimp and peeled prawn.
Surf beach is good for salmon, taking pilchard and poppers.

Hollands Landing: From Medusa Point to Jones Bay and Tom’s Creek are worth looking at for bream on pipi and peeled prawn. Give Blonde Bay and Cameron Point a go.

Marlo: The Brodribb River and into Lake Curlip is good for bream taking frozen prawn.
Lake Corringle also has bream.
The surf is good for salmon and tailor. Bait of choice is pilchard and poppers.
Offshore produced a mixed bag of fish.

Bemm River: Good sized luderick are out and about with a bit of work. Bait of choice is cured sandworm.
Surf beach has plenty of salmon, best bait being pilchard and poppers.
The entrance is still closed, but the water level is rising steadily.

A tip from King George to beginners: Whenever you are going out on a fishing trip be sure to let someone know where you are going and your estimated time of arrival back home (ETA).
This is a simple safety precaution as many unexpected things can suddenly happen and you could be a very dangerous situation.
It is also a very good idea to have with you a fully charged mobile phone just in case.

Keep the fishing info coming to King George on or 5672 3474. Good Luck and Tightlines.

Around the Bay

by Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle San Remo

IT was the shortest day of the year over the weekend and it’s all up hill from here, well sort of.
I don’t think winter is quite over and it will be a month or so before we notice much of a change in the daylight also I think we will be in for a few more cold, wet and windy days yet.
Although the reports can be a bit thin during the winter I still get at least one exceptional one for the week and this week there were a few decent reports: reds over 7kg, gummies over 8kg and a handful of other near misses from those keen enough to spend the night out in the boats.
The best from the land was calamari where there was some quantity from the San Remo Jetty, on two days anyway, and some very good size from Cleeland Bight.
There was of course twice as many who caught nothing as the reports I had which is typical of this time of the year but the only way you can be one of the ones that catches the good fish is to be out there with a line in the water.
Despite the good conditions over the weekend there were surprisingly few people out on the water or jetties and I had as many reports from during the week in the breaks of good weather.
Although there aren’t the numbers of snapper around this time of the year as there will be in another few months, the quality of those caught is always good.
The best was over 7kg and several around 5kg with most coming from in the dark.
As for where they are being caught the customers that have given me the reports have asked that I don’t give out exact spots which I can respect knowing the time they are putting in for these fish and the only thing I can help you with is to think outside the box and give some of your early season spots a try.
Don’t give up on the areas around The Corals either and because there are very few boats out, give drifting across those areas a go, you will have limited time during the tide but you should get a few hours each day that the tide is slow enough.
Because of the calm conditions over the last week several boats spent the night out on the water chasing gummies and although it’s far from a guarantee, your chances are certainly improved during the night.
Those who do spend the night on the water this time of the year certainly deserve all the fish they catch.
Not only do you have to try and keep warm all night, generally night fishing means more rubbish and rubbish this time of the year generally comes in the form of draughtboard sharks and plenty of rays.
At the moment I haven’t had too many reports from the top end of the bay of draughtboards but there are plenty from lower in the bay especially close to the entrances.
Reports of gummies during the week were OK and while they weren’t jumping in the boats most who put in the hard yards were rewarded for effort.
The best was over 8kg with the average 4kg from the boats and I even had a couple of reports of gummies around 3kg to 5kg from land based as well.
The land based gummies came from Woolamai and from the jetty at Cowes but as one customer said you need to either be mad or have a lot of patience as he put in the whole night for one fish just over 3kg.
Calamari were slow this week and I didn’t have a report from the San Remo Jetty or Cleeland Bight on the same day.
They don’t seem to disappear anymore but do have slow weeks this time of the year but should really fire up with more consistency in the next four weeks or so.
There were some good size ones caught in Cleeland Bight this week using baited jigs from the beach but those caught from the boats on mostly artificial were smaller.
The jetty at San Remo fired up twice this week and was tough going for the rest of the time.
Salmon were a bit quieter and no pattern at all with the reports that I did have coming from low tide, high tide and half way through the tide.
It didn’t matter if you were at Kilcunda or at Woolamai the story was much the same.
No monsters with most under 1kg but almost everybody told me there was some very big schools of what is thought to be salmon behind the surf which can be very frustrating as they seem to stay just out of reach.