By King George
The fishing conditions continue to be favourable with good bags making the effort worthwhile.
Surf: There haven’t been any reports as far as this form of fishing is concerned.
This can be probably put down to the fact that anglers are chasing what is seen as a better class of fish coming on the chew such as whiting, snapper and flathead to name a few.
If anyone has any information King George would like to hear from them.
Inverloch: Boaters have been out and about in good numbers and outside the entrance there have been quite a few reports of gummies, snapper and for those who know where to look whiting and garfish.
Salmon have also been in good numbers and boaters have been willing to motor around as far as Venus Bay just beyond the breakers.
This is where Steve Hardison and a mate had a great day out and managed a mixed bag of flathead, pinkies and a very nice gummy shark.
The gods truly did smile on them as they discovered that after they were back on dry land they were completely out of boat fuel.
This could have presented a dangerous situation and is a timely message to boaters to make sure you have plenty of supplies, especially fuel to last the entire outing (and back again).
Shallow Inlet: Over the last week Karen Starrett who runs the local caravan park with husband Rob says that the weather has been a bit hit and miss.
She says through the week there had been good patches but the weekend brought with it a fair bit of wind and kept most boaters away.
There have however been good numbers of whiting to the 35cm mark being caught which almost puts them in the thumper bracket, taking baits such as pipis, squid, sand worms and Bass yabbies.
As well as the royals there has been good numbers of snapper to the 5kg mark making an appearance.
The water temperature is slowly on the increase and even though it is still early days Karen says that in her part of the world they are looking forward to a very good summer season.
There haven’t been any reports as far as outside the inlet is concerned but for those contemplating a crossing they should remember that this maybe a dangerous exercise.
If unsure, obtain local advice or that of the relevant authorities just to make sure as the water can be like fire, a good servant but a bad master!
Port Welshpool: Through the week there have been fairly good conditions as far as fishing has been concerned with snapper to the 8kg mark being taken in the Franklin and Doughboy channels as well as Singapore Deep.
Quite good numbers of gummies have also been bagged and taking baits such as squid and pilchards.
There have been positive reports as far as whiting have been concerned where they have been to the 38cm mark in the Lewis Channel along with silvers, mullet and quite good numbers of flathead.
The local jetties have also been fairly productive and as usual the best results have been on the run in tide.
Fish such as mullet, silvers, flathead and plenty of squid have been caught.
Jordan Holloway and a mate decided to try their luck through the week and in short time they had a mixed bag of 17 fish that were all caught on whitebait.
The fish have mainly been caught around the underwater furniture and when hooked up the idea is to get them up without any fuss as they will quickly head for cover and if they make it they you will probably break your line and start all over again.
Those who have been caught like this usually take a long rod so the fish can be kept out in clear water and thus avoid the problem.
Port Albert: Rob Killury who runs the general store says he is expecting a ripper season with good reports of gummy sharks, snapper and squid being caught on a variety of presentations.
He says the whiting that have been caught through the winter are still in pleasing numbers and he is expecting a great season in his part of the world.
The jetties have been going along very well where garfish can be added to the species that are much sought after and for those who like them; eels are also in good numbers.
He is expecting the scales that he has at his store will be getting plenty of work as will the gantry for the bigger species.
He has a camera, which is already signs of wear due to the fish numbers he has had to photograph.
Lakes Entrance: King George whiting and flathead are biting in the Rigby and Hopetoun Channels, on peeled prawn, pilchard and hard bodied plastics.
Bream and the odd luderick have been taken off the town jetties.
Offshore, anglers have bagged out on snapper to 7kg.
Lake Tyers: Bream have been caught in Blackfellows Arm, using prawn and soft plastics.
Flathead are on the go in shallow water, to three metres around the channel markers and Camerons Arm. Hard bodied plastics are picking up fish.
The beach has salmon striking silver lures.
Mitchell River: River Mouth Road has been closed due to maintenance work on the Silt Jetties. However, the bluff is good for flathead on soft plastics.
Grassy Banks are producing bream using prawn and crab.
Picnic Point has a few Bass biting on hard bodied lures.
Tambo: Marshall’s Flat has bream taking prawn and sandworm.
Nicholson: Bream are active between the two bridges near the caravan park.
Prawn and shrimp are catching fish.
Metung: Shaving Point has plenty of King George whiting. Best bait is shrimp and mussel.
Paynesville: Sperm Whale Head has tailor striking trolled metal lures.
The Strait has leatherjacket and some flathead taking mussel and prawn.
Hollands Landing: The wood pile area has good size bream prevalent. Peeled prawn and sandworm are best bait.
Marlo: The Snowy River has risen so the best fishing is around the estuary and jetty, where some large flathead have been landed on plastics and pilchard.
The Brodribb River has some nice estuary perch striking hard bodied diving lures.
The surf is good for gummies and salmon.
Bemm River: The Snowy River has risen so the best fishing is around the estuary and jetty, where some large flathead have been landed on plastics and pilchard.
The Brodribb River has some nice estuary perch striking hard bodied diving lures.
Mallacoota: Plenty of flathead have been landed in both Lakes, using yabbies, prawn and soft plastics.
Luderick have been taken off the wharf using weed and mussel.
Gummies and king fish can be had offshore.
Tamboon: Tailor and bream have been caught at Fisherman Landing, on fresh prawn and metal lures.
Omeo: The bottom end of the Livingstone Creek has brown trout taking worm.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on 5672 3474 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
Firstly thank you to everybody, positive and negative that phoned or came in to see me about last week’s report (VR Fish statistics if economic benefit).
One question that most people had was, is there somewhere they can sign up to get relevant information that will affect them as fishermen before it’s too late?
While there is social media the best way is to join a fishing club.
By joining a club, not only will you get information quickly as most clubs have electronic mail outs of important information or newsletters, but by joining a club it gives more power to any action required, a club of 200 will have more strength than an individual person.
There are several clubs around the area and plenty scattered around the state.
Most clubs also put a high importance on getting the whole family involved and run fishing and social events throughout the year as well as financial advantages of discounts through the clubs’ sponsors.
A quick search on the internet and you will find contact details for your closest club.
From all the reports fishing was very frustrating this week and you had to get the timing 100 per cent right especially if you were chasing snapper or whiting.
Calamari on the other hand were just continuing along the pattern of the last couple of weeks and with so many in the bay at the moment maybe everything else isn’t very hungry.
The weather again wasn’t all that special and that’s why most of the reports came from mostly locals able to head out basically in between the wind gusts.
The temperature in the bay started off very low this year, warmed up very quickly, but has now stalled and we even lost some temperature at one stage but seems to have settled now and is about where you would expect it to be for this time of the year.
Looking back through the diary the weather pattern we have now is about normal for this time of the year whereas late September and October was certainly better than normal.
Snapper have dropped off in size a bit and a 6kg fish is big at the moment but when you are there at the right time there are plenty of mid 5kg ones.
They were plentiful a couple of nights this week and several customers that were in the right place, 4m of water on the mud, said they were very aggressive as well.
Those who went looking for them in the early morning didn’t have a lot of luck this week and only a couple of reports came in.
Over the week we got several reports from during the day but not that many for each person and very hard work as one customer described it.
The fish caught during the day seemed to be very timid and very soft bites.
Sizes were all over the place from undersize to just over the 6kg mark.
The best was the shallows at night, early morning was Rhyll and Cowes with reports scattered all over the place during the day.
Whiting are still on the frustrating side with mixed results and still plagues of small leatherjackets in areas of the bay.
I had a customer that fished during the week with a couple of mates and they were in two boats 300m apart, one boat almost got their bag of whiting the other got plagued with leatherjackets even after moving around a bit.
The whiting we saw for the week were on the shorter side, 36cm at best but a couple of customers told me they caught some decent ones over 40cm.
The better numbers came from Bass River/Reef Island but the bigger ones came from Cowes and Tortoise Head.
There was the odd report from in Cleeland Bight but you worked hard for a feed and sizes were inconstant as well.
Calamari, refer to the last two weeks reports.
At times they seem to be in plague proportions like the leather jackets with one obvious exception, the calamari are welcome in these numbers.
There isn’t much of a change from the last couple of weeks and the numbers are still very good.
Colours as usual are all over the place and if you come across a school of them it won’t really matter.
As I keep getting reminded not everyone is catching fish and this will always be the case but everything I put in the reports is from customers that have been successful.
If you are in the much larger group of anglers that aren’t catching fish at the moment don’t stress too much or change too many things, your luck will change soon.
If you are going past call in and we will help out where we can to improve your chances but at the end of the day there isn’t too many magic tricks to learn and it’s more about right place right time.
If those having the most success are catching them in the evening into the dark don’t expect to have the same result in the middle of the day.
Some of my more successful customers will fish this time of the year three to five times a week but still have more “zero days” than bagged out days.