By King George
THE fine but cold conditions have prevailed over the last week but there have been encouraging results and with any sort of luck we will start to see some positive results in the near future.
Surf: Baxters Beach seems to be producing good numbers of salmon to the 2kg mark as well as tommy roughs, a few flathead and if you are lucky a pinkie snapper.
As usually the case the run-in tide is the best time to try your luck and the only thing putting off many anglers is the 20-minute trek through the sand dunes.
It is true that a heavy bag of fish is noticeable on the return trip but with nothing at all in the bag it can be seem to be heavier still.
Williamsons Beach is a much more favoured spot to wet a line as far as surf fishers are concerned where salmon have been in fairly good numbers with white bait and squid being the best of then presentations.
Inverloch: There have been plenty of hopeful anglers trying their luck where there have been good times with plenty of action as well as long waits, but on a fine day, just being there makes it all worthwhile.
When the fish do arrive, they will be in good numbers and the action fast and furious.
Salmon and silvers make up most bags with the occasional whiting to the 37cm mark as well as flathead and mullet.
The best of the baits have been whitebait small strips of squid and salted pipis.
The jetties have been getting a fairly heavy workout mainly by visitors and a few die-hard locals.
The best time is on the run in tide when a school of salmon is most likely to pay a visit and there is plenty of action for a short time but that’s all a part of fishing.
Tarwin River: There are still good numbers of perch being taken from the rock wall to up above the highway bridge.
Of course it certainly helps for those with local knowledge as in most forms of fishing.
Mixed in with then perch have been bream, mullet, silvers and eels. The fishing platforms are a favourite, especially with visitors and with the warmer weather not far off they will be getting plenty of use.
The best of the baits in the river have been Bass yabbies, squid, pipis and sand worms. There was a late report to King George telling of fishing tragics, but not bad blokes, Andy Dennis and Wayne Parks who decided to try their luck off Maher’s Landing.
As it turned out they managed an impressive bag of very unfortunate silvers, mullet and salmon that were caught on a variety of baits
Shallow Inlet: The good reports of salmon being caught in numbers continue where the torpedo fish have been to the 3.5kg mark. A number of presentations such as whitebait, pipis and a variety of surface lures have been doing the job. As well as salmon there have been silvers and mullet being caught. There was a 7kg snapper also bagged in the inlet but nothing else since. The water temperature is reported as being down around the 12 degree mark which is still at winter levels but it shouldn’t be too long before the mercury begins to head north.
Port Welshpool: There has been scattered reports of gummies, flathead being bagged which is not uncommon for this time of year.
However there have been reports of big squid numbers making an appearance, which is putting a smile on the face of boaters.
Of course this is good news as squid make great bait as well as being much sought as far as their eating qualities are concerned. The jetties have also been fairly productive even though the water temperature is still down around the 12 to 13 degree mark but with any sort of luck this should change.
Port Albert: Rob Killury who runs the local general store says that there seems to be fish everywhere both inside and outside the entrance.
Rob says that there are salmon, silvers squid both inside and outside the entrance.
Whiting have also been bagged inside the entrance and it seems that the season has started about three months sooner than usual but no one is complaining.
The jetties have also been going well with a good variety of fish being caught as well as big squid and the only complaint is that they are making a mess of the jetty when they let go of big blotches of black ink type liquid but that’s just about the only thing to go crook about.
Lakes Entrance: The town jetties are producing nice mullet and trevally on white and blue bait. Eastern Beach, Main Beach and Lake Bunga has salmon on silver lures, pilchards and poppers. Offshore at Six Mile Reef for rubber lipped and Jackass morwong taking pilchard and squid.
A tip from King George to beginners: If you are new to boating, always take notice of the weather forecast. If there are any warnings issued, don’t go out just because it might look all right. Conditions can change quickly and taking unnecessary risks can end up with disastrous consequences.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on firstname.lastname@example.org or 5672 3474. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Have your say about your waterway
RECREATIONAL boaters and other users of Gippsland’s extensive waterways are being encouraged to have their say about waterway management in a series of forums being held by Gippsland Ports.
The community consultation is part of Gippsland Ports’ safety and environmental management role as the port and waterway manager for all of the major coastal waterways from Inverloch to Mallacoota.
Maritime use of Gippsland’s ports and waterways provides important benefits to Gippsland’s regional economy and lifestyle.
There are over 12,000 registered vessels in Gippsland and the region’s waterways host a variety of maritime functions, including fishing, watersports, cruising, commercial shipping and many other activities.
Thousands of people also use the region’s waterways for passive recreation on beaches and foreshores.
Gippsland Ports manages a wide range of boating infrastructure, navigation aids and marine servicing facilities throughout the region.
It is using the forums as a way of gathering information from local community members and waterway users to assist in providing for safe, convenient and environmentally responsible waterway activities into the future.
“The forums provide an opportunity for waterway users to have their say and express their views on matters that are important to their enjoyment of boating and other waterway activity,” Gippsland Ports CEO Nick Murray said.
“The sessions also give waterway users a chance to hear about the roles and functions of Gippsland Ports, which is responsible for management of the most diverse collection of ports and waterways in Victoria.
“Gippsland’s waterways provide important environmental, recreational and economic benefits to the region.
“The boating public, commercial users, contractors and marine services providers often have valuable local insights into maritime safety, environment, boating facilities and related matters and we are keen to hear their views.”
Forums are being conducted locally at Inverloch and Port Welshpool; anyone with an interest in maritime activity and use of the waterways in Gippsland is encouraged to attend and participate in the discussions.
The Inverloch session will be held at the Surf Life Saving Club today, September 29 at 7pm to 9pm; and the Port Welshpool session at Pier Hotel from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday, September 30.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
THIS week another fisherman on Westernport Bay didn’t return home to his family and another was very lucky to have made it in what seems to be simply a tragic accident.
Even when all your boat is 100 per cent up to scratch and you are taking all the necessary safety precautions accidents can happen.
Sunday morning when I was opening the shop the fog was that thick the bridge was barely visible but you could still hear boats traveling very quickly under the bridge, I doubt they all had radar and if a boat was stopped for some reason in the channel there could be another tragedy.
I think anybody that has been out in the fog or at night time will have at some stage heard a boat traveling towards them very quickly hoping they see them.
Most do the right thing when stopped in poor visibility and have their lights on but every now and then you come across someone who is sitting there with nothing on especially in the dark.
While technically they might be at fault I don’t think I would want an accident like that on my conscience because I was traveling way too fast to avoid them.
We were coming home last year at night sitting on about half normal speed when a boat came up behind us traveling full speed and passed us down the channel.
When I got back to the ramp I mentioned to the guy he was traveling a bit quick and the reply he gave was one I have heard several times before, “I have a GPS so I know where I was going” what made it even worse in further talking to him he said it was his first time out at night and he had only had a boat for a couple of weeks.
What a pity when they hand out licences they don’t teach you how to drive a boat, I guess that would be sensible.
We explained to him that GPS will tell you where you are but won’t tell you where anybody else is. Worryingly he seemed surprised.
Hopefully we won’t pay for this good weather later in the year but you couldn’t have asked for anything better for the last couple of weekends and especially during the school holidays.
It has also helped with the fishing reports as well with people able to get out and go fishing.
Typically of school holidays we are getting a lot of reports from our younger customers heading down to the beach or jetties.
Most of what they are catching are wrasse and leather jackets which doesn’t really matter at least they are out in the fresh air and not sitting in front of a computer.
While we haven’t seen a lot of keeper fish from the kids we have seen several calamari they have caught.
Calamari reports from everyone, beaches, jetties, boats and kayaks have been this good this week with the biggest and the best numbers coming from off Cowes.
The boats have been the best off Cowes with dark coloured artificial jigs the best but several were caught on baited jigs too.
Off the beach both at Cowes and off Woolamai the baited jigs have been the best and at night or into the evening the best time.
The jetty at San Remo has been consistent but not quite as good as I would expect for this time of the year.
A couple were reported from Cowes jetty and again from Corinella jetty, although the ones from Corinella were quite small.
Snapper numbers on sounders are increasing, snapper catches are much the same with most saying they just can’t get them interested.
I wouldn’t stress too much if you are having the same problem because it isn’t anything too unusual for this time of the year.
The water is still cold, the cod are still around and even a couple of draughtboards were caught over the weekend but it will change quickly and before you know it they will get hungry.
Several snapper were caught in amongst the crowds around Corinella and the ones we saw about the 5kg mark.
A few customers travelled down further towards Rhyll and The Corals and although they didn’t catch a lot of fish, keepers anyway they did manage a couple of snapper.
The sizes were mixed and we even had several pinkies under the 2kg mark reported.
A couple of very small pinkies came from offshore but were under size so went back. We also had a couple of second hand reports from Newhaven and Cowes jetties from during the week but I don’t have any size details.
Whiting reports have continued to be poor for the most part this week as the leather jackets take over the whiting grounds and most people can’t be bothered putting up with them.
For those who put in the time and prepared to do a bit of moving around they managed a good feed of whiting.
Almost everyone said they caught one or two whiting then the leather jackets would move in so a shift was needed.
The most successful customers made small moves and only shifted a few 100ms and not half way across the bay.
The whiting below the bridge in Cleeland Bight were just slow and it wasn’t a leatherjacket problem.
Offshore was definitely the best for quality this week with some very respectable gummies caught on Saturday and Sunday as well finally some decent flathead.
They weren’t all over the place and you needed to be right on top of them continually drifting back over the small patch to do any good with the area east of the cape the best.
There were the usual couta, although not as many and the odd salmon with a couple of small pinkies from on the rubble off the cape.
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