By King George
EVEN though the conditions have not been all that great there have been patches when the fish have co- operated in kind and some good bags have been taken.
Surf: The local beaches have been productive as far as salmon are concerned.
Williamsons Beach is still worth a visit where the torpedo fish are in pleasing numbers.
George Hadis and a couple of mates had a great time after travelling down from Pakenham and fished the run in tide which has been fairly productive recently.
Between them they bagged a total of 11 salmon that were all around the 600gm mark as well as some tommy roughs that were returned to the water.
There have also been good size gummy sharks being bagged on pilchards.
Inverloch: There have been good numbers of salmon and silvers being caught at Pensioners Corner, which has been the case for some time.
Wonthaggi anglers Robert and Sean Thompson did very well on the run in tide when they shared the beach with plenty of other locals and visitors.
Bailey Poole is also a very keen Wonthaggi angler and through the week managed some very nice salmon from the shoreline that were to the 2.5kg mark.
The local estuaries have also been going well where perch have been very good numbers and taking a variety of baits including Bass yabbies and soft plastic lures on both sides of the tides.
The Tarwin River has been popular with land-based anglers having good returns and the fishing platforms getting a workout.
Wonthaggi Angling Club: The club held its monthly competition last Sunday where fish of the month was silver trevally.
The weighin was held at the clubrooms and the 45 members and visitors were welcomed by president Steve Howell.
The senior male section was won by Robert Thompson with a 675gm silver trevally for 2700 points and the senior female winner was Leonie Bentick with a 515gm bream for 1287pts.
The veteran’s section was won by Alan Bentick with a 590gm bream for 1475 points and the secret weight was won by Erin Howell.
There was no junior male or junior female who weighed in a fish.
Shallow Inlet: The action in this part of the world has fired up with good reports of salmon to the 2kg mark being taken on a variety of mainly surface lures.
Billy Van Ness is a regular visitor to this part of the world and over the weekend paid the area a visit.
This turned out to be a good decision as he managed a very good bag of salmon and a big pike.
Billy wasn’t really looking for pike as they are not all that great on the table but they do make great bait.
There have been other good reports in this area and no doubt these will continue.
Karen Starrett who runs the local caravan park with husband Andrew says they are expecting more boats as the good news spreads.
Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that there has been good size flathead being caught offshore as well as salmon that are taking a variety of natural baits and surface lures.
The fish must be fairly hungry as there have been fish such as mullet and flathead.
Local angler Graham Godding is out on the water whenever the opportunity presents itself saw what he thought was a school of salmon and decided to see if he would catch something on a soft plastic.
Instead he caught a silver trevally much to his surprise but he wasn’t complaining.
Port Albert: Ulla who runs the General Store says there are still good size whiting being caught in the channels. She says the fish are not all that big but are fat and hopefully they stay around for a while yet.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on firstname.lastname@example.org or 5672 3474. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
The fishing like the weather is still up and down all over the place but there does seem to be a slight improvement in both with the temperature on the increase and with more people now out fishing the reports are also increasing.
The best reports for the week were salmon with plenty of customers getting out and catching them.
There were several boats on the bay as well over the weekend especially Saturday where conditions were near perfect.
Several were out just giving the boat and the family a run before the season starts and several threw the rods in to see what was around.
The salmon seemed to be everywhere this week with Inverloch the most consistent for the better numbers.
It was the first time for some time that good size salmon and good bags of salmon happened at the same time.
I saw a couple of photos of bags of salmon with over half of them over 1.5kg and the others not far behind.
Inverloch was the best for the bigger fish in large numbers but there was several bigger ones caught at the Kilcunda and Woolamai beaches as well.
Many of the salmon caught this week were caught on lures.
Many of the bigger salmon caught on bait were by anglers using whole pilchards or whole blue bait and ganged hooks.
The top of the tide was the best everywhere with only a handful of salmon caught other times of the tide.
Anzacs Beach at Woolamai was the best on the island and the beach at the bridge the best at Kilcunda.
There has been the odd calamari caught both from the land and the boats but only an odd few with a lot of fine weed around fouling the jigs very quickly.
When the weed is around there isn’t a lot you can do other than check them often especially jigs under floats or the baited jigs.
Often you are better jigging rather than cast and retrieve as you can see where the weed is and keep your jig away from it.
The most reports again came from the kayaks that are working the weed beds in Cleeland Bight.
The other reports from the boats were a bit patchy with a couple of gummies a couple of whiting and the same with snapper.
The days are slowly getting longer so it won’t be long and the boat ramps will be full again and people will be spending all night on the jetties and the reports will start coming in.
One thing we are hearing from most customers is the amount of bait they are seeing swimming around both from the jetties and in large schools around the bay.