By King George
THE favourable conditions have seen a dramatic improvement as far as fishing is concerned with fish such as big bream to the 685gm, whiting to the 45cm mark and a variety of other species making a trip to our waterways well worth the effort.
Inverloch: The fine conditions have seen numerous boats on the water from the entrance to the Double Islands trying their luck and many returned with good bags of a variety of fish.
The better quality whiting have been caught near the entrance up as far as the Snags where they can be to the 40cm mark.
The fish have been taking a variety of baits including pipis, squid and live Bass yabbies.
These little crustaceans are, in the opinion of local anglers, second to none and are definitely best when kept alive in the water salinity they came from.
As well as whiting there are also gummies and flathead, silvers and salmon.
Outside the entrance there have been whiting being bagged to the 45cm mark for those who know where to look.
As well as the royals there are also very good size garfish mixed in with them.
In the deeper water there has been good size gummies being bagged on baits such as pilchards and squid.
Experienced anglers know that there are also quality perch to be caught in this area where Bass yabbies and soft plastic lures will do the job.
Mahers Landing: There has been plenty of land-based anglers trying their luck with best results being on the run in tide.
This is when there has been good size gummies being caught and best results have been when this coincides with dusk into darkness.
This is when the fish move closer into the shallow water under the cover of darkness.
The fish have been taking baits such as squid, Bass yabbies, pilchards and whitebait.
Further up towards the Double Islands there has also been good results with coutta, silvers, mullet and flathead being taken but for the benefit of visitors of those not familiar with the area be careful.
The reason being that as the water runs off, boats can be caught in the mud, which can present real problems as there can be a long bait before the high water comes to the rescue.
Tarwin River: The fishing platforms have been receiving a very good workout as far as land-based anglers are concerned where best results have been on the run off tide.
This is when there have been silvers, mullet and eels being bagged and even if the fish are not biting, just soaking up the sun on a fine day is reward in itself.
There has been a few good size perch being caught near the highway bridge that have been taking Bass yabbies and sand worms by landbased anglers.
The fine weather has also brought out quite a few snakes, which are harmless, unless of course they happen to bite you, so just be careful.
Wonthaggi Angling Club: The club held its monthly competition last weekend and with perfect conditions there were some very good returns.
There was a pleasing turn up at the weigh-in that was held last Sunday in near perfect conditions and although there were a few members who could not attend, president Steve Howell was happy with the numbers.
He thanked everyone who made the weigh-in including Ian Kent and Luke Bowler who cooked for everyone present, which was much appreciated.
He also thanked the refreshment volunteers Alan Anderson and George Scott as well as Tahlia Sharples on the raffles.
He said that it was pleasing to see that there were 17 quality fish weighed in and hopes that this trend will continue.
He mentioned that the club has purchased T-shirts and ëhoodiesí, which are on sale for what the club paid for them.
The newsletter was well received by those present and ìYassmanî the yabby was found by Tahlia Sharples.
The winner of the senior male section was Graham Gray with a 685gm bream for 1712 points while the senior female section winner was won by Anne Poulton with a 545gm bream for 1362 points.
The junior male section winner was Flynn Dennis with a 280 gm flathead for 840 gms while the junior female winner was Asha Dennis with a with a 285gm flathead for 285 points.
The veteranís section was won by Alan Bentick with a 685gm bream for 1712 points.
The next weigh-in will be on Sunday, December 20 which will be the Christmas break-up and president Steve said the club is hoping for a great turn up as this will be a special event.
The club has been running a special effort raffle which includes great prizes which will be drawn at the weigh-in.
The first prize is a patio heater to the value of $900 and second prize will be a weekend for two at the Ramada Resort, Cowes, valued at $500 and there are four other prizes.
Shallow Inlet: The great conditions have seen plenty of boats out and about trying their luck.
Karen Starrett who runs the caravan park says there has been many boats trying their luck and it seems that they are all doing very well on quality snapper.
There are also plenty of whiting being bagged to the 40 plus cm mark which puts them in the whopper bracket being over 2lb on the old scale.
Bass yabbies, pipis and squid have been among the successful baits.
There has also been gummy sharks and good size flathead being bagged as well as a few whopper silvers making an appearance.
Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that the fishing has picked up very well over the weekend.
Visiting anglers Rodney Nicholas and son Nick were happy with their results when they managed a very nice bag of snapper that were to the 6kg mark.
The fish were all caught on pilchards.
There have been good numbers of gummies being bagged in areas such as the Franklin and Doughboy Channels.
Whiting have also been in good numbers where they are being caught in the Lewis Chanel on Bass yabbies, squid and pipis.
The best results have been on the run off tide.
There have been good results as far as the jetties have been concerned with good numbers of silvers, mullet, flathead and squid being taken on a variety of baits while squid have been landed on a variety of jigs.
The best results have been on the run in tide on the eastern end of the structure.
Port Albert: Rob and Ulla Killury run the general store in Port Albert and say the fishing has really started to fire but there have been patches of weather that keeps boats in their sheds.
When conditions have allowed Ulla says the fishing has been great with very good numbers of whiting that are to the 40cm mark which makes for very good outings.
A well as the whiting there are quality gummy sharks and big garfish that are second to none on the table.
Of course they make very good bait for the larger predators.
Ulla says she has seen many photos of happy anglers who have been returning from successful outings and says that at their store they also have scales and a camera that can record the happy occasion.
She says they also have a gantry that will accommodate larger varieties such as toothies that will not be too far off with the water temperature approaching the summer levels.
Lakes Entrance: Flathead and salmon have been taken in Reeve Channel between Nyerimilang and Fraser Island. Metal lures and pilchard have produced fish.
King George Whiting are still active around Bullock Island.
Lake Tyers: Large flathead have been caught around the Powerlines on soft plastics and pilchard.
Good size bream, tailor and trevally are biting at high tide around the channel markers on metal lures and prawn.
Mitchell River: The cut area has flathead being landed on prawn and soft plastics.
Eagle Point is good for bream on local prawn.
A few estuary perch are taking hard bodied diving lures at the Wy Yung Bridge.
Tambo River: The jetty and section between rough road and the mouth are producing bream on shrimp and prawn.
Nicholson: Bream are mainly around the mouth with peeled prawn as best bait.
Metung: King George whiting and break are prevalent in Bancroft Bay, try pipi and peeled prawn.
Paynesville: Tailor are striking trolled lures in Lake Victoria. The strait has good sized bream on the go using school prawn.
Hollands Landing: Break can be found around Griffin Point on peeled prawn.
Marlo: The Sandy Flats are producing large flathead on local prawn.
The Estuary has bream, luderick and mullet biting on prawn and sandworm.
Plenty of tailor and salmon are taking metal lures off the surf.
Bemm River: The entrance is open.
Bream to the three pound mark are being caught in the river on prawn and sandworm with flathead in the lake chasing vibes and soft plastics.
Tamboon Inlet: The jetty has good size flathead and bream.
Peel prawn is the best bait.
Mallacoota: Gipsy Point has bream taking yabbies and prawn.
The bottom lake has salmon and tailor striking trolled lures.
Flathead are in the narrows and the odd trevally can be had off the wharf.
Omeo High Country: The Mitta Mitta River is good for trout to 1kg on worms.
The Victoria River is also producing trout.
A tip from King George to beginners: Pipis are as seen as very good bait as far as whiting and for that matter, many varieties of fish.
Like many other baits they must be looked after and are great especially when fresh.
Of course this may not always be possible and are quite all right frozen but over time they can become stale.
When they go a brown colour they should be replaced as they would have lost their appeal and maybe only good for berley at best.
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 Jimís Bait and Tackle, San Remo
INFORMATION taken from VR Fish press release: 838,000 recreational fishers in Victoria generate $7.1 billion in economic activity VRFish, the recreational fishing peak body in Victoria, announced.
The Economic Study of Recreational Fishing in Victoria, undertaken by Ernst and Young and funded by the Recreational Fishing Licence trust fund, was commissioned and overseen by VRFish and provides updated figures on the number of people that participate in recreational fishing and the economic contribution made by recreational fishers to the Stateís economy, along with a range of other statistics.
The level of participation in recreational fishing is up from 721,000 in the previous 2009 study.
This represents a slightly positive trend against population growth in Victoria for the same period.
This trend is set to become increasingly more positive under the Target One Million policy.
Recreational fishing is estimated to generate $7.1 billion in economic activity (including $2.6 billion in direct output) and supports 33,967 full-time jobs in Victoria.
The report also highlights the significant regional component to the economic contribution of recreational fishing to the Victorian economy, with Port Phillip region contributing $1.3 billion, North West $307 million, North East $224 million, South West $325 million and Gippsland region contributing $381 million in direct output to the State economy.
A more detailed 50 page report can be found on the VR Fish website.
Some would say that spending revenue from fishing licence money on studies like the above is a waste of money and it should be spent of improving facilities, but it is information like above that is needed to actually get funding for these improvements and people in government are starting to take notice with fishing matching some of the biggest sports in this state for economic benefit.
There is also plenty of confusion as to what the licence money can actually be spent on and details can be found on the VR Fish website of how it is spent.
There are many groups that would like to see fishing banned altogether and often their information is based on the way things are done overseas where the control and continual improvements to the rules to ensure sustainability are not in place like they are in Australia.
Being involved in something the whole family can do together in the fresh air with benefits of helping the weekly budget must have negatives somehow but I am sure I would prefer my family to be doing this than sitting inside all day playing computer or watching TV.
We are used by many countries as a model for the way fishing is controlled to be sustainable.
There is always that argument of should you or shouldnít you put bigger fish back and at the end of the day it is up to the individual to decide, what people need to remember is there is a huge difference between your morals and what is legal, if you are not happy with people taking bigger fish the people you need to speak to is the people who make the rules not the angler.
To get improvements to boating/fishing facilities it needs to come from those who use them by canvasing, annoying your local council and your local member.
Use the stats above to show the importance of recreational fishing and just think about the voting benefit a party would get from being on our side.
The rumour is that every year the amount of money that goes back into the government consolidated revenue fund from grants that are not applied for would be enough to rebuild most of the facilities around.
Maybe we should get all of the fishing clubs in the area to get their members to start sending letters to the council and local government members and get some of these grants applied for and bring facilities to a standard the paying public deserve.
Despite the weather not always the best, the fishing this week, although all over the place, has had a fairly consistent pattern to most of the catches.
Snapper have been best very early in the morning generally before daylight and in deep water around Elizabeth Island, Rhyll and Cowes.
Then once the sun is up they seem to be moving all over the bay and the reports came from the channels, The Corals and the mud the hour or so just before or after the tide.
Very few reports came from during the middle of the tide and then as we got to evening it was those who fished the shallows who caught the most of the fish.
The numbers of bigger fish seem to be slowing down, not that we have really had ideal conditions for bigger fish over the last couple of weeks and we have actually lost a bit of temperature in the bay.
The bulk of the snapper reported at the moment are all around the 2kg to 4kg mark which are a much better eating size.
I donít think the bigger ones have gone completely and if we get a bit of a change in the weather and a few warm days and evenings we will see a few bigger ones caught.
There are lots of pinkies and undersize ones around and some have reported that they can be a nuisance there are so many of them.
I have had a few customers ask me lately why I donít put many landbased reports in each week and the answer is simple, there havenít been that many.
With the exception of calamari I donít find a lot of customers fishing landbased this time of the year as they are in their own or with friends with boats chasing snapper.
The few fishing on the surf at the moment are reporting tough going and just a few smaller salmon.
We have had only two snapper reported from the jetties at Cowes or Newhaven this season so far but based on the way the reports normally come in in relation to the boat snapper reports I think the landbased guys might have been a month late in starting to chase them.
I would expect however to start and see reports of smaller pinkies from now on.
There have been plenty of bait fish like mackerel and yakkas around the jetties and people have been collecting some handy fresh bait.
Whiting reports have also been consistent this week with early morning before sun up till a couple hours of first light in Cleeland Bight the best, then as the day went on very few reports until the change of tide where a few were caught then late evening in the area around Dickies Bay or Bass River.
There are always exceptions but generally that was the pattern for the week.
From those targeting them the whiting during the day seemed to be a bit smaller and even several that were only just size but very thin.
The only whiting of any size from during the day were caught as a by-catch by snapper fishermen in the deeper channels often taking whole pilchard.
The best size whiting both in length and weight came from either end of the day and although pipis are reasonably constant as a bait, the bigger whiting took pilchard fillets.
One customer who has converted to using pilchards says his by-catch of toadies and leatherjackets has decreased since changing.
I had a customer during the week that was lucky enough to be in Cleeland Bight when a big school of calamari swam through and he said it was quite a sight with hundreds going past.
I had similar comments from other customers that saw schools of them swimming through.
There were plenty caught again this week and there wasnít as much of a pattern to when they were caught in the boats but on the land it wasnít so much the change of light but the change of tide that was the best, especially the jetties.
Boats and kayaks caught plenty from in Cleeland Bight and off Ventnor with a few from Reef Island.
There were also several reports from customers fishing on The Corals and around Elizabeth Island telling us that what they thought was weed coming up on their line was actually a calamari.