By King George

Ripper snapper were caught by Robert Cartledge over the weekend on fresh squid.

Ripper snapper were caught by Robert Cartledge over the weekend on fresh squid.

THERE have been positive reports that indicate the water temperature appears to be on the rise with good numbers of snapper suddenly making an appearance.
This reinforces reports that good numbers of snapper are also being caught around the Corinella area.

Surf: There have not been any reports to King George as far as the surf fishing situation is concerned.
No doubt the unusually calm conditions might have had some effect.
Probably the best surf to try your luck would be at Venus Bay where number three beach will probably be the most productive on the run in tide.
The results will be that much better if this coincides with darkness.

These squid were caught by Dan Devonshire.

These squid were caught by Dan Devonshire.

Inverloch: There had been plenty of boaters and land-based anglers trying their luck as far as Anderson Inlet has been concerned but the fish were few and far between.
There were few mullet and salmon bagged but nothing to get too excited about.
The jetty had plenty of hopefuls wetting a line where crabs seem to be the only reward for the many patient hopefuls.
Further up towards Stevies Gutter there were quite a few boaters trying their luck waiting for the run off tide to chase salmon, silvers, flathead and mullet off the mud banks and in to the deeper water.
This is where there is usually big flathead and other predators that are waiting for an easy meal.
The area out in front of the A frame house is usually productive where salmon, silvers, flathead and gummies are usually caught but there was plenty of water mixed in with the fish.
Land-based anglers were patiently waiting for fish such as gummies, flathead and mullet to make an appearance.
The high water was scheduled to arrive come night-time and this is when the fish will move in closer in the shallow water under the cover of darkness.
Further up towards the Double Islands there has been reasonable numbers of mullet, flathead, coutta and salmon.

Tarwin River: As is usually the case, the fishing platforms have been getting a fairly heavy work out, especially over the school holidays.
There have been silvers, mullet and perch making the effort worthwhile but it would be fair to say there has been plenty of water mixed in with the fish.
The highway bridge has been reasonably productive where perch have been taken on the run off water but be careful, as there is plenty of long grass that can hide a snake.

Shallow Inlet: Karen and Rob Starrett rub the local caravan park and are very excited.
They say there are good numbers of big snapper that have suddenly turned up and have found their way into grateful fishermen’s bags.
Karen says there have also been quite reasonable numbers of whiting making up bags and the signs are positive for a great summer season.
That annoying seal is still hanging around and making a nuisance of himself but with any sort of luck will find someone else to annoy if you don’t feed him.

Port Welshpool: Just before this report Rob Cartledge told King George the good news that the snapper had come on the bite with a vengeance.
He said that the Ireland boys have been operating from Port Welshpool and on their first trip they fished two tide changes.
The snapper they caught were all around the 6kg mark as well as a 4kg gummy shark.
Dan Devonshire had a great day in his boat and fished around daybreak just outside the entrance as well as the Franklin Channel around number 2 buoy.
Rob says at the moment the water temperature is at 16 degrees and all the snapper were caught on fresh squid.
There have also been other reports of snapper being caught in the Franklin Channel, which is a positive sign for a great season ahead.
As a bonus there are reports of very good numbers of calamari being landed.

Lakes Entrance: Plenty of tailor, trevally and mullet are around the town jetties late afternoon. Bait of choice being worm.
Surf beaches are a bit quiet, but the on the left hand side of the Bluff at Lakes Tyers Beach for good sized salmon.
Off shore at Six Mile Reef, pinkies, rubber lip morwong and leather jackets have returned. Best bait is pilchard and squid.

Lake Tyers: Producing a mixed bag of fish. Flathead are about the Fisherman’s Arm taking lures as bait of choice. Bream are around the islands, taking live prawn. Whiting are also about the channel markers taking sand worm.

Mitchell River: From the Butter Factory, down to the cut and two bells for bream taking crab, plastics, worm and prawn. Try backwaters for perch and mullet at the highway bridge.

Tambo River: The boat ramp and the river mouth are still best spots for bream. Best bait is fresh shrimp and prawn. Try Marshall Flat’s and Rough Road for the best results.

Nicholson: Pear Tree, the little cliffs and down to Thumb Point for spots for bream on prawn and try soft plastics.

Metung: Bream are about the little jetty at Shaving Point taking prawn and sandworm. Chinamen’s Creek and the boardwalk also have bream. Bait of choice being prawn and worm.

Omeo High Country: The Dr Mitchell Shield is on this weekend. Entries are at Omeo Angling Club.
Mitta Mitta, Angler’s Rest and Bundara are good spots for trout, bait of choice being earth worm and celtas. Try drifting worm, no float.

Keep the fishing info coming to King George on 5672 3474 or snafu1@dcsi.net.au. Good luck and Tightlines.


Around the Bay

By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo

THE season for most fish is starting off very promising and hopefully the weather continues and we have more fishing days than we have had over the last few years.
There have been plenty of people taking advantage of the conditions fishing many land based areas as well as the boats we have also had several people getting into fishing for the first time.
Like anything we do for the first time it can be frustrating for getting it right and it’s not that difficult to upset other anglers.
Sadly this was the case for one couple starting out fishing off the San Remo jetty and making a few mistakes tangling other people’s lines.
Unfortunately those they tangled with didn’t take it all that well and let’s just say the advice wasn’t that helpful.
They had purchased their gear at a department type store near their home in Melbourne that didn’t give them much help and as it is with most new comers to the area it was as simple sinkers too light.
Like ramp rage a bit of help or advice would have been better than the abuse they received.
Sadly though I think some people think they own the jetty and don’t like new people fishing there.

The snapper reports this week were better in number but even better the reports came from all over the place.
The other promising sign of maybe a good season is I had several undersized pinkies reported as well.
The snapper we weighed or saw varied a lot in size as well with 6.5kg the best and several around the 32cm mark.
Although we had more reported each boat only managed one or two each and there is still probably a couple of weeks of water warming before they really go on the bite.
The reports came from mostly boats and I have only seen one from the jetties so far.
The area around Spit Point was the area most fish were caught but when there are so many boats fishing in the same area that’s going to happen.
Other places were most corners of The Corals, western channel, Elizabeth Island a couple of pinkies from around Reef Island.
There was a mixture of sizes caught in Cleeland Bight and many were too small.
Baits were reasonably standard this week with pilchards and squid accounting for most of the catches.

Calamari reports were consistent while nothing too special and most of those chasing them managed at least a couple.
The usual baited jigs from the land and artificial jigs from the boats.
Colours were a bit more consistent this week and white and pink were mentioned with most reports.
The usual places produced calamari and as expected for this time of the year sizes were mixed and you can catch 2kg ones and some as small as the jig you are using in the one session.
There were a couple of unusual catches this week with a couple of arrow squid caught at Reef Island and calamari caught on The Corals and the channel near Elizabeth Island.

Offshore produced some good numbers of arrow squid around the 40m line this week which is promising for the up upcoming Mako season as the two usually aren’t far from each other.
Although the wind was down the swell was up and didn’t make fishing offshore all that easy this week and it’s difficult when conditions are like that to keep baits on the bottom to give yourself a chance.
We did see some reasonable size flathead but not many numbers and only one gummy and two small pinkies.

Very slowly the reports of whiting are getting better but thinking outside the box is the way to go and those who are successful at the moment are doing this.
Fishing in deeper water and fishing before light or after dark is the way to go, this week anyway.
There were not a lot of numbers reported but the size of the whiting were very good.
That was what happened around san Remo but across the other side of the island off Cowes and Ventnor the reports were much better and across the water to Tortoise Head there were a couple of days that were very good as well.

The numbers of cod being reported is getting fewer and only one draught board was reported from in Cleeland Bight.
Several small elephant fish have been caught and the bay has some good numbers of bait fish like scad and Slimmeys.

Rumour of the week has to go to the several people that came into the shop this week telling me about all the Bluefin that have been caught off Cody Bank recently, unfortunately everyone that caught them left their cameras at home and weren’t able to take any pictures.
While I am not saying it isn’t possible and in fact have suggested the area 5km or so past Cody Banks would be the place to go as there is some good water out there I just find it difficult to believe that someone caught Bluefin out there and forgot to take photos.


Grech wins as Pinkies appear

Steven Grech with his winning fish from the Venus Bay Angling Club’s October competition.

Steven Grech with his winning fish from the Venus Bay Angling Club’s October competition.

MOTHER Nature turned it on once again for the Venus Bay Angling Club’s recent October competition, this time with summer temperatures!
Conditions were great to get out in the boats.
All fish weighed in were either Silver Trevally or Salmon, but Tom Aulsebrook caught the first Pinkie for the year on Saturday – a good sign for Pinkies for the next few months’ comps.
There were 25 seniors and one junior entered in the event held from October 2 to 4.
Results: 1st, Stephen Grech, Trevally, 1220g for 610 points; 2nd, Roslyn Shelly, Trevally, 1060g for 530 points; 3rd, Tom Aulsebrook, Trevally, 1000g for 500 points; Juniors, Thomas Grech, Trevally, 820g for 410 points.