By King George
THE warmer conditions have been welcomed by boaters and landbased anglers with many good results making the efforts well worthwhile.
Surf: Williamsons Beach has been the most popular as far as surf fishing has been concerned. The main species of course has been salmon what have been to the 1.5kg mark with best results being on the run in tide.
Harry Jacobson contacted King George through the week saying how he decided to try a secret spot not far from the Desal and managed some very nice torpedo fish that were all around the 700gm mark.
The fish were taken on whitebait. He said that also caught a couple of smallish Tommy roughs that he returned to the water.
The reasonable conditions could also been the main reason for the lack of land based reports as boaters have been out and about in good numbers.
Inverloch: Pensioners Corner has been fairly quiet as far as landbased anglers are concerned.
It would be fair to say that there have not been any reports of large salmon schools but there have been times when there has been action.
Salmon, silver, mullet and reasonable size flathead as well as the occasional whiting have been caught at low water on both sides of the tide where baits such as white bait, pipis and strips of squid have been good natural baits.
Hard body and soft plastic lures are always worth a try and no doubt as the water temperatures increase the results will improve.
Of course we can talk about the weather and conditions until the cows come home but one thing is for sure, you won’t catch them by staying at home.
Tarwin River: There haven’t been any reports from this part of the world but there was plenty of interest shown when it appears that a survey was being taken.
Apparently this entailed fish receiving a light electric shock and coming to the surface.
Those conducting the exercise as well as the numerous onlookers were apparently surprised at the numbers of fish species that that were captured and tagged. The fish were placed into a tank to recover and were then released back into the water unharmed.
Shallow Inlet: Karen and Andrew Starrett run the local caravan park and say that there has been plenty of action in their part of the world as far as fish are concerned.
For some reason she says, there are very large numbers of mullet being caught which is not bad news even they are not everyone’s favourite fish. They are quite alright on the table but the black lining on the stomach must be removed and the best way to do this is by filleting.
Skinning the fillet is also not a bad idea. They make a great bait for the larger fish as they have a high oil content so there are plusses all round. There is no minimum size and the bag limit is 40 fish.
As per usual there are very good numbers of whiting being caught and being to the 45cm mark they alone make the visit to this part of the world worthwhile. Quality flathead are also being caught in good numbers along with silvers and salmon as well as gummies.
Port Welshpool: Local legend Rob Cartledge has been out and about and having a great time on the snapper he says have really started to fire.
Rob says that the best of the baits seems to be squid which makes sense as they are not only in big numbers but good size as well.
He has recently been doing very well in places such as the Doughboy and Franklin Channels and the fish have been to be to the 10kg mark which puts them well and truly into the thumper bracket. There are also good numbers of gummy sharks being bagged as well as quality flathead and positive reports where “Uncle Buck” has been doing very well.
Information from the boat storage is that there were very good numbers of snapper, gummies and big flathead caught over the weekend. There are also plenty of big squid making up quality bags as well as being very productive as fresh bait. With the water temperature on the rise the great fishing should continue.
Port Albert: There have been positive reports with whiting in good numbers being caught mainly inside the entrance. Gummies and snapper are also plentiful as well as quality gummies.
The jetties are also getting a good workout and Rob Killury recommends a visit where has plenty of fresh bait and for the successful anglers, scales to weigh their fish for bragging rights. He also has a gantry the larger fish such as toothies as well as a camera, again for bragging rights.
Lakes Entrance: King George whiting and sand whiting are out and about from the Floating Dragon jetty, Bullock Island, Barrier Landing through to Nungurner Jetty. Best results on small pieces of fresh prawn. Offshore at 6 mile reef for snapper and gummies, watch out for the Pelican dredger which has arrived.
Lake Tyers: Burnt Bridge, Cherry tree and both arms of the system have good bream, trevally, flatties and tailor, also worth trying around the islands. Best results using prawn, pilchard and white bait. Eagle point backwaters and Eastwood bridge for bream. Best bait being prawn,
Mitchell River: Flathead are at the river mouth taking prawn and worm. Punthouse Point, Three Gums and towards the snags for bream using cure.
Tambo River: From the Highway Bridge and down towards the poplars, bream are taking spider crab and worm.
Metung: Sand whiting and King George are around Nungurner Jetty, the islands and Reedy Bay. Best bait fresh prawn and worm. Try Shaving Point and shallow banks.
Mullet are in the strait taking worm. Bream are active around 6pm and onwards with best results using live prawn. Plenty of school prawn are being caught.
Paynesville: Medusa Point and into Lake Victoria for good size bream around the 30cm mark, best bait prawns. The fish seem to be everywhere.
The Brodribb River is good for perch and luderick, the groynes and French’s Narrows for flathead. Salmon and tailor on the incoming tide taking lures. Mullet are also very active. Best bait being black crab, worm and prawn. The surf has salmon and tailor. Off shore for gummies and flathead.
Bemm River: There have been good numbers of bream being caught the lake taking worm, prawn and vibes. Trevally are being caught in the channel on peeled prawn and plastics. Bream are in the river and lake taking sand worm and peeled prawn. Flathead are also in good numbers and taking a variety of baits and soft plastic lures.
Tamboon Inlet: Cann River and down to Furnell Landing for luderick, bream, perch and flathead, best results on soft plastic lures and prawn. Try the surf for gummies, flathead and trevally using pilchards, blue bait and squid. Some good size bream are about in the top lake, Lyrebird Point, Sandy Point and Davis Point. Best results using bass yabbies and lures.
Omeo High Country: Fishing is a bit patchy but Cobungra, Gibbo and the Mitta Mitta have brown trout mainly on worm.
King George has been asked often when must a life jacket be worn? The answer is that a specified lifejacket must be worn by all occupants of recreational and hire and drive vessels when in an open area of a vessel that is underway and is: a powered vessel up to and including 4.8 metres in length, an off the beach sailing yacht, a personal water craft, a canoe, kayak, raft, stand up paddleboard or rowing boat, a pedal boat or fun boat, a kite board or sail boat, a recreational tender.
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
ABOUT this time every year I get the same complaint from many boating customers, “Lights” I also get plenty of requests from customers to mention this in the fishing report.
While many of the complaints are about boats on the water the problems start at the boat ramp and is something I know I am and most people would be guilty of and that is leaving your headlights on when retrieving or launching your boat in the dark.
There is nothing worse than staring down the ramp when all you can see is two bright lights and not the ramp.
It is a simple one and one easily forgotten but for some reason some people get offended when you ask them to turn the lights off.
The other is a little more serious and that is when and how to use your navigation lights. This is probably the thing we get the most complaints about in the shop and can be confusing and dangerous.
Boats at anchor without the correct lights on or with too many lights on. When at anchor you must display an all-round white light, this is not a torch in the back corner of the deck but a light that can be seen from 360 degrees around the boat.
Unfortunately when you are dead because another boat runs into you because you don’t have any lights on he and your family will be the ones to suffer.
When at anchor you must also turn off your red and green side lights this takes the confusion out of it for an approaching boat thinking you are on the move.
Like the boat ramp it can easily be forgotten and I am sure we have all been guilty of leaving navigation lights on at some stage but there is no excuse for not having any lights on.
I know we have had several occasions at night when we have come across a small tinny sitting there with no lights at all or one that starts flashing a torch at you when you get close either they have some type of death wish or just don’t understand how hard something that small is to see at night.
The Marine Safety Act requires that lights must be displayed from sunset to sunrise and in times of restricted visibility during daylight hours.
Recreational vessels at anchor all recreational vessels must show an all-round white light while at anchor.
Powerboats under way or drifting Vessels under 12m in length must show the following lights: sidelights and an all-round white light.
Marine safety have been out and about most weekends this year so far and despite what some people think I like the way they are going about it at the moment.
They seem to have adopted an attitude so far of ensuring everybody has all their safety gear and issuing more warnings than fines but be assured this won’t last and I don’t think any second chance warnings will be given.
It takes no more than five minutes to get onto the marine safety web site, ask your tackle or boating shop and to check your safety gear.
From the feedback I am getting the main problems are, out of date flares, fire extinguisher discharged or too small for the size fuel tank you have, incorrect flares when offshore (different to in the bay) not wearing a life jacket when you should, this goes for bigger boats too.
Don’t forget like in a car you are required to carry your boat driver’s licence with you and your rego must be up to date.
Another one that catches a lot of people out is leaving old out of date flares on board.
Many people argue this one saying that there is nothing wrong with them which for those who store their flares correctly could be the case.
Flares have a use-by date because this is what the manufacture considers the life of the flare under normal conditions.
If you have a chance talk to someone that has had to use their flares just before the boat sinks you have about a millisecond to do something and usually you are in a panic not quite enough time to check the use-by date to give yourself the best chance of them working. If you have something you want mentioned in my reports just give us a call at the shop.
Enough of the rules and regulations and onto the fishing which was a temperamental as the weather this week but those who put a bit of thought and time into it did very well.
Snapper are of course still the number one target and plenty of big fish are being caught.
We had a break in the weather and a barometer spike Thursday night and that was the time to be out on the water.
Plenty were caught but not quite on the shallows of the mud but slightly deeper on the edge of The Corals up to 10m of water.
The weather and barometer conditions were the same for Sunday morning but the reports we got early came from the deeper water and I had plenty of phone calls by 7am of customers heading home bagged out.
Those who fished daylight hours during the week or weekend also found the fish in deeper water, 10m and more and the numbers were not quite the same. Typically the later in the day especially when we had a bit of sun the snapper were shallower water.
Several customers targeting snapper over the last couple of weeks have managed mixed bags and coming home with three or four species wasn’t uncommon.
Apart from snapper they have come home with couta, flathead, trevally, bay trout, whiting and gummies all without moving spots.
These type of reports haven’t just been in the shallow water or just the deep water but all over the place, throw in a few calamari as well.
While the snapper have been good the gummies have been equally as bad and while most are targeting snapper it’s in the same areas and same rigs and baits as gummies.
Quite a few customers have reported undersize ones but only a very small handful of keepers up to about 4kg.
Promising again this week has been the number of whiting reported which have started off very poorly.
The bigger percentage of the whiting have been big in weight anyway not necessarily in length but several of those typical pencil whiting have been caught as well.
The usual spots and times the best, reef island, dickies bay in the evening and below the bridge in Cleeland Bight early morning.
During the day has been a bit of a lottery and only a handful of whiting reported but a lot more leather jackets. Because of who I got most of the reports from this week the bait of choice by a long way has been pilchard fillet and while pipis still were successful more and more customers are trying alternative baits.
A couple of customers told me that when they cleaned the whiting most of the bigger ones had nothing in their stomach.
Calamari just seem to get better and better each year and because they have built up numbers over the last few years they are one of the most sustainable species we have.
There are 100s of them laying 1000s of eggs and on average live less than a year so everything happens quickly.
There is no size limit on them and only a quantity limit and there is no need to put small or large ones back and you can catch them all year round.
This week was good again and if the jetties were slow the boats were better and if the boats were slow the beaches were good so you could find them somewhere.
The jetty at San Remo was the best jetty with several taken from Cowes and a couple from Rhyll with the sizes all over the place.
The beaches were probably the slowest overall and all the land reports we got came from the hour or so either side of the tides.
The boats were consistent and while some of the bigger ones still came from Ventnor we saw some much better ones this week caught from Cleeland Bight and Reef Island. Jig colour is still the million dollar question and this week didn’t do anything to help with the answer because everyone has their favourite which of course is the best, the problem is not too many are the same colour. Baited jigs are probably the most consistent of all.
Cup Weekend comp
THE Venus Bay Angling Club had very mixed weather conditions for its Melbourne Cup Weekend four-day competition, with heat, humidity, rain, wind, sun and even a bit of sea mist.
Despite all of this, a number of members still made it out onto the inlet to give it their best shot.
There were 25 seniors and one junior entered in the comp.
Senior member winners were: 1st, Tom Aulsebrook, Trevally 830g for 415 pts; 2nd, John Watson, Flathead, 500g for 250 pts; 3rd, Joe Griscti, Flathead, 480g for 240 pts.
Junior members: 1st, Thomas Grech, Trevally, 880g for 440pts.
There were no non-members entered this comp.
The club also offered a bag of fish prize this comp.
This was won by Tom Aulsebrook with four fish weighing a total of 2550g.
For this, Tom won a $50 voucher from The Venus Bay Bait & Tackle Shop.