THROUGH the week there have been positive reports of good fishing even though we are in the depths of winter.
Surf: Wonthaggi angler Fili Asa Leausa can often be found out on the water looking for a fish.
On a recent trip to Baxters Beach he had to negotiate those dreaded sand dunes, which means a 20-minute hard trek before the fishing bit.
Fili says that it was worth the effort as in short time he had a couple of very nice salmon that were around the 2kg mark and he was happy.
There have been other similar reports in the same area and Fili says that he will be back as soon as he can to do it all over once again.
The surf around Williamson Beach has also been productive with quite good numbers of salmon making an appearance where the best time to wet a line has been on the run in tide.
Inverloch: There haven’t been any reports from outside the entrance even though at times there were good patches of weather.
Inside when conditions have allowed boaters have been doing reasonably well around Stevies Gutter where a few size whiting have been caught along with flathead and perch.
The best of the baits have been Bass yabbies, pipis and small strips of pounded squid.
There have been a few salmon to the 500gm mark being bagged but the annual influx of salmon schools has not happened at the time of this report.
Further up towards Mahers Landing land-based anglers have been having mixed results with the successful ones managing mullet, flathead, silvers and the occasional whiting.
Best baits have been Bass yabbies, pipis and squid.
Shallow Inlet: According to Bill Reynolds who is the eyes and ears in this part of the world there has not been any activity as far as fishers are concerned.
The winter fish such as salmon and silvers may have arrived but the fishing hopefuls have yet to arrive.
Hopefully this will change and there will be some positive reports.
Port Welshpool: Not a great deal to report as far as this part of the world is concerned.
A combination of cold and windy conditions has kept boats in the shed, which is not unheard of in this part of the world.
Outside the entrance when conditions have allowed boaters have been doing all right on flathead and salmon out wide and reports of the occasional king fish but there can be a fair wait between enquiries.
Inside the entrance there are usually reports of whiting being bagged on the run off tide but through the week there were no reports of any activity.
Port Albert: Rob Killury who runs the local General Store with wife Ulla says there have been very good numbers of whiting being caught in the shallow water inside the entrance.
He says the royals are not huge but very fat and well over the 27cm limit.
They are taking a variety of baits such as Bass yabbies, pipis, squid and mussels.
Rob says as well as whiting there are plenty of reasonable size flathead but there seems to be a bit of a problem.
There is also large numbers of coutta that are biting through lines on the way to the bottom, which is causing plenty of frustration.
There have been reports of large numbers of squid outside the entrance, which is also attracting many boats.
The jetties have been very popular where land-based anglers are doing well on fish such as flathead, silvers, mullet and plenty of large eels.
Corio Bay/Bellarine Peninsula: It took Danny Skene and Trent Budzynski some three hours and a couple of laps of the Corio Bay inner harbour before their sounder marked up close in off North Shore persuading them to break out their fishing tackle, along with the garfish they had for bait.
As is sometimes the case with Corio Bay’s winter snapper they were timid biters and there were many half-hearted takes.
Never the less they boated three fish, all around the 6kg mark, before the bite shut down at around 8.30pm.
With calm seas last week, Jason Andrew took his eight year-old daughter Chloe, who has taken a liking to fishing, out near Mud Island with the salmon for bait that they’d caught previously from the Queenscliff boat harbor.
While there wasn’t a great deal doing initially, save for a banjo shark and a couple of missed bites, Chloe caught a 7kg gummy shark on a salmon fillet, an experience which now has her hooked on fishing.
Mike Windsor of Clifton Springs Boat Hire reports squid have been the main catch and Craig Zurawel, Nick Panozzo and Steve Prior all took good catches while fishing the Curlewis grass beds.
Flathead and pinkie snapper are also on the go and among those to do well on these were Ange La Spina who did well just offshore from the boat ramp, as did local anglers Kerrie and Rod Henderson who also caught and released a Port Jackson shark.
Many thanks to Geoff Wilson for this report.
Lakes Entrance: The town jetties have luderick, taking weed.
Some whiting are cruising about.
Try the North Arm for bream. Best baits are worm and prawn.
Some salmon are being taken at the surf beaches.
Offshore, around six mile reef for gummies and snapper. Best bait is pilchard, squid and drifting bait.
Lake Tyers: In deep water from Camerons Arm, the channel markers and to the island areas have been good for bream where lures have been most successful.
Salt water has been entering producing plenty of baitfish.
As a result good bream 38-42cm have been caught.
Surf has salmon that are being taken on a variety of lures.
Mitchell River: Fresh water has entered into the river; as a result fishing is a bit quiet.
From grassy bank and towards the mouth of the Mitchell have bream, taking spider crab and local prawn.
Perch are a bit quiet at the moment.
Tambo River: From Punthouse Point towards Sardine Flats and Bennetts Brook areas have been good for bream and mullet. Best bait is worm, shrimp and local peeled prawn.
Nicholson: Bream have been taken from the highway bridge up to the strait six and the poplars, biting on local prawn.
Metung: Bancroft Bay, Baxter Island and to Bell Point for bream and the odd flathead. Bait of choice being local prawn. Also try Shaving Point to Lake King jetty.
Town jetties are the place to spot dolphins and seals.
Paynesville: The straits, boat ramp and jetties are producing bream, mullet and trevally. Bait of choice being worm, peeled prawn and shrimp.
Hollands Landing: Toms Creek and Seacombe Landing to the straits near Holland Landing are best spots for bream on worm and spider crab. Some mullet have been caught as well.
Marlo: Brodribb River has bream according to the fishing club at Marlo.
Lake Corringle has bream, mullet and luderick. Bait of choice being local prawn and worm.
The beach has salmon and tailor, taking popper and pilchards.
Offshore, flathead are on the go in good numbers.
Bemm River: Water level in the lake in rising but the entrance is still closed. Luderick and bream are in the lake; best bait at the moment is worm.
A tip from King George to beginners: There is an old saying that a small hook will hold a big fish. This is a true saying.
How many times have we seen inexperienced anglers using an oversize hook to catch a small mouth fish such as whiting and wonder why they are missing strikes?
As well as using the correct size hooks it is also vital that they are always sharp so that they can do the job.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on email@example.com or 5672 3474. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
by Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle San Remo
OVER the last few weeks we have seen plenty of whales traveling up the coast and there were another couple on Saturday just outside the entrance.
There is no set time really to see them and generally those who spend plenty of time sitting in the car parks on the open beaches are the ones to see them – Potters Hill Road and Punchbowl Road are a couple of the best places to spot them, but don’t forget the Binos.
Like Jim’s Bait and Tackle San Remo on Facebook and you can keep track of them there.
Also, if you let us know they are out there, we’ll post a message so others can get a chance to see them too.
The first of July sees us start our 10th year in the shop although it certainly doesn’t seem that long it also means over 500 fishing reports.
I have been reading back over reports from other years and apart from a few exceptions not much changes.
While there are slight changes from year to year with numbers of fish caught the biggest change I have noticed over the years is the amount of customers now fishing in boats over the winter months.
Naturally with more people fishing during the winter months the more chances I have of getting reports.
This week was a bit quiet with the start of the school holidays.
Many people were heading for warmer areas of the country but there was a few that stayed home and again it was the ones who put in the long hours that were rewarded the most.
Despite not as many fishing during the night this week there were still a couple of quality fish caught – snapper again around the 5kg and gummies up to 6kg from a similar area.
While these quality fish are being caught it doesn’t just happen and several hours or even nights are spent for one fish but many more hours are spent on the water for nothing.
From what I am told from those reporting captures, the trick to being successful is to decide where you are going, sound around and see if there are any fish, if not, choose your spot and sit and stay there without moving around.
Sitting still in the shallower edges of the channels, berley reasonably heavily and wait for the fish to come to you.
The correct side of the channel is also very important to ensure your berley is going to where the fish might be in the channel and not just drifting out onto the shallows or beach.
The same rules apply for winter as summer – you need quality bait and berley if you expect to be successful.
I often hear comments in the shop from customers saying they have some old bait in the freezer and that will do because it’s only winter time. That doesn’t make much sense to me.
We had several gummies reported from land based this week as well with Woolamai Surf Beach the best and while most were just keepers; two I was told of went 4kg.
I was told of a couple from Cowes Jetty and one from the San Remo Jetty but I wasn’t given a size so not sure if they were keepers.
The other successful area was Tenby Point and Stockyard Point but most were undersize and those that were keepers not much bigger than size.
It was a mixture of baits but they all had one thing in common, they were fresh, salmon and calamari mainly.
Calamari have taken the school holidays off as well I think with very few reports from either the beaches, jetties or boats.
The few reports we did get were reasonably even between land, San Remo Jetty and Cleeland Bight, boats, Dickies Bay and Cleeland Bight with neither standing out.
It was a bit the same with jigs, artificial and baited jigs; nothing stood out to be better than the other.
Again looking back over the last three or four years’ reports, it’s the same for this time of the year, inconsistent and it starts firing up towards the end of July.
South Gippsland Gamefishing Club is having an auction night on Saturday, July 4 at their club rooms in Leongatha.
There are over 300 items made up of fishing gear, tools, sports memorabilia and huge variety of Castrol oil and plenty of other bric-a-brac items.
You will need to register ASAP as numbers are limited just text 0409 018980 and register and your name or email firstname.lastname@example.org and pay on the night when you get your bidding number.
To get a complete list of items text or email for the auction list; if texting, don’t forget to add your email address.
Registration only costs $5 for your bidding number which also covers you for a barbecue and supper on the night.