By King George
THE good reports of snapper have dominated reports through the week.
Rob Cartledge is one of the successful boaters who fished top end at Corinella in five meters of water and with fresh calamari managed to get one 9kg and a 6kg snapper that were caught on the run out tide at sundown.
He says there have been plenty of other positive reports in this area and no doubt this should continue.
Surf: There haven’t been many reports from the beaches apart from a sprinkling of salmon to the 600gm mark.
Whitebait and poppers seem to be the best of the presentations.
There was a late report of two gummies being bagged off Number 3 beach at Venus Bay but it would be fair to say that boaters outnumbered the fish.
Wonthaggi: The club held its monthly competition last Sunday where fish of the month was perch.
There were approximately 60 people at the weigh-in who were welcomed by president Steve Howell.
The winner of the senior male section was Robert Thompson with a 5.490kg snapper for 4392 points.
Alan Bentick won the veterans section with a 640gm bream for 3200 points.
There were no other fish weighed in and overall there were eight fish to greet the weigh-master.
President Steve thanked everyone for coming along as well as sponsor of the month.
There was a paella meal compiled by Shane McRae who with his helpers did a great job in the presentation, which was enjoyed by those present.
He also reminded everyone that the Tambo competition is this coming weekend and hoped that as many members and friends as possible come along and make this an enjoyable event.
Inverloch: Outside the entrance there has been quite a bit of activity where good size gummies have been caught on a variety of baits including squid, pilchards and fresh fish fillets.
Quality snapper have also been mixed in with the gummies as well as big flathead which is making the trek well worth the effort.
Good numbers of flathead are being caught just beyond the breakers at Venus Bay by boaters who don’t mind the trip.
Shallow Inlet: The situation hasn’t changed a great deal in this part of the world.
Reasonable numbers of snapper are being caught but with the water temperature still on the rise there is still plenty of room for improvement.
There have also been a few gummy sharks being bagged as well as whiting to the 37cm mark that have been taking Bass yabbies, sand worms and squid.
The best results have been on the run in tide and with any sort of luck they will continue to make up impressive bags.
Port Welshpool: Information from the boat shed is that there have been good numbers of snapper being caught with the most productive area being in the Franklin Channel.
The reds have been to the 10kg mark, which is in the whopper bracket in anyone’s language.
Rob Cartledge says two other boats also fished the same area and have bagged out in the run out tide.
In the same area there have been reports of quality rock flathead being caught and the signs are looking good for the coming season.
Julie Pullin caught her first gummy shark for the season that stretched the tape out to the four foot six inch mark and of course she had bragging rights.
Lakes Entrance: Fishing has improved with warmer water temperatures.
Trevally and mullet can be found about the town jetties around dusk.
Bait of choice being white bait.
Nungurner Jetty and surrounding areas for King George whiting approximately 96gm mark, taking worm and prawn.
Offshore, Six Mile Reef for pinkies, morwong and leather jackets biting on squid and pilchard.
Lake Tyers: With the warmer water, bream and flathead are taking plastics and lures.
School whiting on the incoming tide are taking worm.
Leather jackets and tailor taking worm.
Salmon are at the Bluff.
Nowa Nowa and to Devil’s Hole for bream and Blackfellow’s Arm for tailor; prawn being the best bait.
Mitchell River: Shadoof Lodge and towards the mouth for bream on crab, prawn and worm.
From the back water and highway bridge, there is bream, perch and mullet on worm and prawn.
Tambo River: Rough Road and up to the Swan Reach Bridge, at early morning or around evening for bream, taking sand worm, shrimp and spider crab.
At the mouth for trevally taking worm.
Nicholson: From the highway bridge and down to the river mouth for bream around 42cm 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.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
WE started off this season with the water at a very low temperature, the lowest it has been for several years but with the warm days we have had for the start of spring the temperature has come up quickly and the snapper have started a couple of weeks earlier than normal.
I get a lot of feedback from customers about the water temperature and it generally varies a lot with the main difference being those who read it late in the afternoon after the sun has been out all day and those who read it first thing in the morning which is a truer indication of the real temperature.
We have had a surprising number of good fishing days this spring and the long term forecast is for many more, but we all know how much trust to put in those forecasts considering only six weeks ago they said we were going to have one of the wettest springs for many years.
Maybe if they got the weather right one day in advance it would be a start.
Whichever way it goes it couldn’t have started much better and the fishing season is heading the same way.
Snapper reports have followed a very simple trend this season so far, the more the barometer rises the better the fishing.
As pleasing as the steady barometer increase is, the snapper are just a bit harder to find.
We seem to be weighing something every day and most have been around the 4kg to 6kg with the best this week just over 7kg.
Don’t forget those who are members of the Newhaven Yacht Club can enter their fish in the year-round fishing competition and they can be weighed at the shop.
We also weigh fish for many other clubs as we have certified scales and we simply record it and give you a copy to send to your club.
If you are in the yacht club, check the details in the newsletter.
Many of the snapper reports have come from night time and the bigger ones seem to be mostly active during the late evening or pre-dawn hours.
Anything we have seen caught during the day has been around the 5kg max but generally smaller 4kg or under.
Many of the reports this season have been of snapper or should I say pinkies of around the 2kg mark and not just one or two but several of them which makes for a much better feed I think.
To add to the strangeness of the season there is a big difference in the weight of the fish for the length.
Generally you can look at a fish and get close to the weight but a couple of snapper proved this week it can be difficult.
We had two snapper that were almost identical in length, both cleaned and kept on ice but there was 1.2kg difference in the weight.
The bigger quantity of snapper have been on the northern side of The Corals and the channel towards Elizabeth Island with far less reported from the Rhyll side.
Those caught during the day were almost all caught just before and just after the tide changes whereas at night the bite had no pattern to it.
Baits were all over the place as well and probably no standout with squid, pilchard, saurys, tuna fillet and scad all successful.
There is still a bit of cold water rubbish in the bay and those who were heavy with the berley attracted them and just a simple cube trail seemed to be better attracting less rubbish.
With the fine weather during the week Robyn and I managed to get out for a fish on Wednesday and headed out early.
There was a heavy sea mist/fog that stayed around most of the day but for the couple of hours it did lift was quite warm.
We headed offshore to look for a feed of flathead and although the wind was light it was a bit uncomfortable and we considered heading back inside, that was until we started fishing which made the perseverance worth it.
We fished the area off The Cape in 35m to 47m continually drifting over the same area.
The two dozen flathead we kept were between 35cm and 55cm and we probably threw back another dozen that were around 30cm.
We caught three draughtboard sharks and at about 30 gurnard – we stopped counting when the south easterly came up and we headed in about 2.30pm.
Other boats fishing offshore during the week reported plenty of squid, mostly on the bottom and bait fish, yakkas and slimmeys. Still not much in the way of snapper reports from offshore and only one small gummy this week.
There were a few putting in a long sessions catching calamari this week and if you have read the last few reports not much has changed – bigger ones from the Ventnor/Cowes side and mixed sizes San Remo side.
There were a few more reports from boats dropping a jig over on The Corals and several around Tortoise Head.
Cleeland Bight was good early mornings or late evenings once the boat noise had settled down.
Everywhere, land or boat was much the same with a mixture of baited and artificial jigs doing the job.
The water is very clear in most places at the moment and those casting artificial jigs did much better on the more expensive ones but if you had an artificial under a float or on a paternoster it didn’t matter if it was $4 or $30 they both worked.
Whiting are still very elusive although there was a slight improvement with the reports this week and I have also been told the leatherjackets are slowing down which probably accounts for the increase in whiting.
The usual spots in Cleeland Bight and Dickies Bay with some of the better ones this week around Reef Island.
The middle of the day was almost a waste of time in the shallow water and you needed to fish deeper towards the channels but either ends of the day the shallow areas fished better.