FORMER Leongatha and Berrys Creek locals Chris and Rob Foster run the ‘Cosy Nook Accommodation’ located on the foreshore of Sydenham Inlet.
They say at this time of year the conditions have been very cold but if you are prepared to brave the elements you will reap the rewards.
The entrance has recently been opened and as a result the water level is low and tidal.
The snags have been producing some nice perch.
Luderick have been found up the river, as far as Dolly’s Garden resulting in some nice catches.
There was a ripper bream caught and released recently believed to be around the 2kg mark.
Tailor are being caught in the channel and nice bream in Bobs Bay.
Rob and Chris say they have enjoyed the many years they have had running Cosy Nook, but it’s time to call it a day. The business is now up for sale and they will miss a great many friends they have made.
Surf: There have been encouraging reports off the surf where salmon have been to the 2.5kg mark on baits such as whitebait, squid, salted pipis and surf poppers.
The fish have been caught mainly on the run in tide and mixed in with the torpedo fish has been a sprinkling of good size flathead, gummies and the occasional pinkie.
Baxters beach is still productive where salmon to the 2kg mark are being bagged.
The water here is deep and it is a 20 minute walk but the rewards can make it all worthwhile.
Inverloch: Dale Wise was in the Inverloch area for a few days R&R and decided to try his luck one evening on the beach near the bowls club.
He said the conditions were bitterly cold but even so he bagged three very nice flathead that were between 33 and 35cm.
There have been quite a few other similar reports in this area where a fairly deep gutter has formed virtually right along the shoreline.
The nearby area known as Pensioners Corner has also been going well with reports of whiting in good numbers.
They have been reported as being to the 36cm mark and mixed in with them have been numerous flathead that are making a visit to the area worthwhile.
At the jetty there have been quite a few land-based anglers where the best results seem to be on the run off tide.
This is where King George came across a family of locals who have recently moved to the area.
Glen Dunstan, his lovely wife and two daughters Nikki and Alisha also love the area as well as fishing.
Although they didn’t have much to show for their efforts they were just happy to be able to cast out a line and hope for whatever might come along.
King George wishes them all the best and looks forward to hearing from the family when they do catch their first fish.
Further up around the bluff there have been reports of salmon and silvers being bagged but not in great numbers.
Stevies Gutter is always worth a visit where there are flathead waiting at the edge of the channel on the run off tide hoping for a meal such as small fish coming off the mud banks.
There are also good numbers of quality perch and whiting to be caught where the best of the baits include Bass yabbies, pipis and cockles as well as small strips of squid.
Just outside there are reasonable size whiting and plenty of those midget flathead that never seem to grow.
There has been a bit of activity at Mahers Landing but it’s fair to say there’s plenty water mixed in with the fish.
Inverloch angler Shane Hunt was trying his luck from the shoreline and although he had just arrived before King George he was getting a few bites but realizes that he can’t fry bites.
Tarwin River: There have been quite good numbers of perch being caught from the rock wall to well above the highway bridge.
The fish have been taking a variety of presentations, which include soft plastic lures, Bass yabbies and sand worms.
They have been bagged on both sides of the tide with the run out water being the most productive.
Of course this can change as we all know – fish can change meal times as well as water flow.
The fishing platforms are also very popular and a few perch are being bagged but be sure you take plenty of warm clothing.
Shallow Inlet: Still no reports from this part of the world.
The reason is most likely the cold weather and wind but this won’t last forever.
Even now there could well be good numbers of salmon that have arrived as well as silvers and flathead.
King George would appreciate any reports.
For the benefit of those not familiar with this area, there is ample room on firm sand to launch boats on both sides of the inlet but be careful of the soft sand that can be a trap.
If not sure seek local advice.
Lakes Entrance: The town jetties have whiting, luderick and trevally in worthwhile numbers.
The rock wall also has trevally with the best bait being prawn, worm and blue bait.
The surf has some salmon taking lures and poppers.
At Six Mile Reef, pinkies, gurnard and morwong are taking pilchard and squid.
Lake Tyers: The main beach and The Bluff have salmon on silver lures and poppers.
Blackfellows Arm, the power lines and up to Black Snake Bight are worth a look for bream on lures and live floating prawn.
Toorloo Arm has been good for trevally.
Mitchell River: Estuary perch have returned to the Highway Bridge and are taking hard bodied lures.
From Shadoof Lodge, Eagle Point and down to Two Bells for bream on soft plastics, spider crab and prawn.
Tambo River: Bream are about, so try Sandys Bluff, Punt House Point and down to the Three Gums. Best baits are floating prawn and shrimp, soft plastics close to the riverbank and snags.
Nicholson: From The Reeds and up to The Car Bodies for bream up to 35cm. Bait of choice being prawn.
Metung: Fishing is a bit quiet and patience is required, areas to try are Chinamans Creek, up to Box Creek, Lake King Jetty to Shaving Point.
Dolphins and seals are about the town jetties.
Paynesville: Town jetties and The Strait have bream, mullet and some trevally where the best baits are shrimp, worm and peeled prawn.
Hollands Landing: The Wood Pile, Medusa and Griffin Points and either side of the entrance for bream and mullet, taking worm and soft shell, also try trolling for tailor on silver lures.
Marlo: Try around the island, Lake Corringle and down the French Narrows for bream, luderick and mullet. Bait to use is local prawn and worm.
The surf is good for salmon on poppers and pilchard.
Bemm River: The entrance is now open but fishing is patchy, some bream have been taken in the lake on peeled prawn and worm.
The surf has salmon.
Tamboon Inlet: Peachtree Creek and Fishermans Landing has been giving up bream and mullet that are taking peeled prawn and worm.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on firstname.lastname@example.org or 5672 3474. Good Luck and Tightlines.