By King George
THE settled conditions have seen an increased number of boats on the water with many returning with smiles on faces.
Surf: There have not been many reports as far as the surf is concerned.
Salmon, as expected have been the main catch where they have been to the 1.5kg mark and taking whitebait, squid and salted pipis.
The run in tide has been the best time to wet a line and mixed in with the torpedo fish has been a sprinkling of tommy roughs and flathead.
Inverloch: Through the week there were some settled conditions and from the mouth up as far as the Double Islands there was a good variety of fish caught.
Just inside the entrance there have been fairly good size whiting being bagged being to the 37cm mark along with silvers, flathead and mullet making up most bags.
Further up towards the area known as Pensioners Corner, land-based anglers were doing reasonably well but there had been times when there wasn’t much to do.
When a school of fish did make an appearance the action was fast and furious where salmon to the 750gm mark were being caught on a variety of baits and lures.
The jetty had quite a few visitors trying their luck but there was plenty of water mixed in with the fish.
Shallow Inlet: The warm temperatures have lured out plenty of boaters happy to try their luck.
According to Karen at the caravan park there have been good numbers of whiting to the 38cm mark making an appearance and taking baits such as Bass yabbies, fresh strips of squid as well as sand worms.
There has also been a few big flathead being caught as well as silvers, mullet and silver trevally that have been making up fairly impressive bags.
The water temperature is on the rise but not yet up to the summer levels as can be expected but when this happens there will be plenty of action.
For the benefit of those not familiar with this area, there are no constructed boat ramps but the sand is generally solid.
Having said that there is an area of soft sand that can be a trap so it is best to seek local advice if you are not sure.
Port Welshpool: Information from the local boat storage is that there have been plenty of boats out on the water trying their luck.
Some boaters have been successful while others have been not so lucky.
Rob Cartledge is one of those fishermen who has been doing very well and can often be found out on the water catching fish when all around him are failing to trouble the weigh-master.
Rob says that things are looking good and so far this season he has been catching good numbers of snapper that have been in the thumper category.
Rob says the Franklin Channel has also been very productive with the best results being on top of the tide.
Outside the entrance there have been times when salmon have been breaking the surface and a variety of lures have been very successful.
The jetties have been fairly active where there has been a variety of fish being caught such as salmon, silvers, mullet, flathead and squid making up fairly impressive bags.
The best results have been on the run in tide on the eastern end of the structure.
Quite often some anglers will make themselves comfortable which is not a bad idea to take a load off tired legs.
It is also a good idea not to wander too far from a supporting chair when stretching the legs.
This is when many a hapless angler could only look on in despair to see his chair disappearing over the edge, courtesy of a sudden gust of wind.
Lakes Entrance: The Floating Dragon Jetty has whiting biting on live shrimp and worm.
The town jetties are producing a mixed bag.
Surf beaches for salmon and tailor on poppers and pilchard and gummies close to shore.
Offshore at the pipeline and six mile reef for snapper.
Lake Tyers: There is plenty of fish to be had.
Up pass the islands and towards Long Point are some of the best spots for flathead, bream and tailor.
Best results using pilchard, prawn, white bait, lure and surface poppers.
Also try the surf at The Bluff for salmon.
Mitchell River: Bream are out and about from Eagle Point and up to the backwaters and Eastwood Bridge.
Best results using prawn, spider crab and worm.
Some flathead are sitting on the bottom of the river, taking worm and prawn.
Tambo River: From the Highway Bridge Jetty and all the way down to the river mouth for good bream. Bait of choice being shrimp, worm and black crab.
Nicholson: The Cliffs, Car Bodies, Little Cliffs and around the Second Fence for good sized bream, biting on spider crab.
Metung: Shaving Point, Bancroft Bay up to Nungurner Jetty area for those with boats for whiting, bream and trevally. Best results on worm and prawn.
Paynesville: In the straits and town jetties for bream, flathead and luderick. Best results using live prawn.
Surf beach is producing salmon on pilchard and poppers.
Hollands Landing: Lake Wellington up to the straits into Lake Victoria and up to Toms Creek, for bream. Bait of choice peeled prawn.
Marlo: Fishing has improved throughout the river system. Bream, luderick, mullet and perch are around the structures.
Flathead are at sand flats and down to French’s Narrows. Best bait being worm, prawn and lures.
Surf for salmon and tailor, on pilchard and poppers, also try lures.
Offshore for flathead and gummies on squid and pilchard.
Bemm River: Bream and flathead are in the river and lake. Best bait being sand worm and prawn.
Mullet are in the channel, taking worm.
The entrance is still open.
Try surf for salmon and tailor on pilchards and poppers.
Tamboon Inlet: Peach Tree Creek, Fishermans Landing and from Mud Island down to the Old Man Point, including the Rock Groynes for bream, flathead and luderick. Best bait being worm, prawn and shrimp.
Surf for salmon and tailor, taking pilchards and poppers.
Mallacoota: Offshore for gummies, biting on salmon fillets.
Flathead are in the Bottom Lake taking blue bait, pilchards and lures.
Main wharf for luderick on local weed.
Bream are in the bottom, but best results are in the Top lake with bass yabbies as preferred bait.
Omeo: Best spots to try are Bundara, Livingstone Creek, Cobunga River, Anglers Rest and the Mitta Mitta River using celta’s, floating worm and wobblers.
Tassie Devil lure can be tried at early morning or at dusk.
A tip from King George to beginners: Although not compulsory, it is a good idea to wear sunglasses when out on the water looking for a fish.
The reason being that the glasses will take away much of the glare so that the wearer can see a fair way into the water.
This is an advantage especially on a bright sunny day when looking for sand patches where whiting might be hanging around.
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
THE long weekend forecast started off like it was going to be one out of the box but it had to happen sooner or later and we paid for the good weather with a bit of wind and rain.
Having said that the gardens were starting to get desperate for a bit of rain and although the timing could have been better it was welcome.
Despite the bad weather there were several people who braved the conditions and those who were out early managed a couple of snapper each.
Those fishing in the evening did the best on the snapper.
There was some good reports of other fish and calamari seem to be everywhere at the moment both from the land and from the boats.
Those targeting calamari didn’t seem to have too many problems finding at least a couple and we had a lot of reports this week of customers bagging out, mainly from the boats.
As is the case every week there are also the other side that try as hard as they can but the calamari seem to be impossible to catch.
Chances are, like all types of fishing they aren’t doing much wrong it just isn’t their lucky day.
Those fishing the jetties didn’t have the same luck bagging out but we saw plenty that would have dragged the scales down to over 2kg.
The best spot in the boat was in Cleeland Bight, drifting a must, but several reports came from around Reef Island and even a few more from The Corals.
For landbased anglers the jetty at San Remo was by far the best with many calamari caught especially over the weekend.
Cowes Jetty wasn’t as productive but some quality was also caught from there and a couple of reports came from Newhaven Jetty too.
The beaches at Woolamai and Ventnor saw a couple but it was hard work as one customer described it.
Most of the reports we received this week were caught on artificial jigs with colour anybody’s guess.
White was the go to jig for most but mixed results while colours like orange, pink, red and even green successful at certain stages through the week.
To show how it can be luck and not your gear we had a customer come in Saturday and while there bought a cheap 4’ rod for his two year-old son then five minutes later came in and grabbed a random jig off the shelf, walked down to the jetty to fill in some time.
Several people had been on the jetty for hours trying for squid with little luck and after a few casts the man we served earlier managed two very respectable calamari.
Offshore has been worth the effort this week as well with some good numbers of flathead reported and plenty of tigers amongst them and while I wouldn’t say they are jumping into the boat most of those who tried got a feed.
There has also been plenty of arrow squid being caught and most have told me that they are deep and the first one they caught was on a flathead rig but if you have berley out they will eventually come to the surface.
There are plenty of gurnard as well as the odd seven gill and draughtboard shark.
One of my charter boat customers, Greg from “Better than Working” charters headed out towards Cody Banks to have a drift for a shark and it wasn’t long before one of those on board noticed a fin heading towards the bait, not too long later they had a 120kg Mako tied up at the boat and plenty of flake for everyone.
We had several reports of silver whiting and some bigger ones in close to Punchbowl, small schools of baitfish almost everywhere.
Whiting reports are certainly improving and several reports came in during the week and over the weekend, one customer sent in a photo to our Facebook page of a very respectable bag he caught.
Other reports were of not quite so many fish but some very good quality with one customer reporting 12 whiting from Reef I1sland all between 36cm and 38cm and looking at the photo they all probably weighed as much as a 45cm one.
Many of the reports came from Dickies Bay, Reef Island area and it was good to see several from Cleeland Bight.
The size average is still better from over towards Cowes/Ventnor and quantity better from Tortoise Head.
Like last year the odd report is coming from areas not really targeted for whiting and more of an accidental catch – a couple from on The Corals and from the deeper channels around Elizabeth Island.
These whiting are generally bigger and are caught on snapper gear taking quite big baits.
Is it the netters no longer in the bay or just more people fishing for them? Mulloway reports seem to be coming from everywhere lately.
If you keep an eye on our Facebook page you would have seen the photo of a 21kg one caught by a customer of ours who was fishing on his own for snapper when one of his rods took off at a great rate of knots.
After a short battle he saw the mulloway for the first time and he said a bit of panic set in as he realized that netting something of that size was going to be a challenge.
Thankfully everything went well and he managed to get the fish into the boat and eventually plenty of mulloway into the freezer.
Snapper reports were very much up and down this week and not a lot of consistency at all.
Numbers were down over the weekend which probably had more to do with the hundreds of boats on the water fishing the Tea Tree comp which was to start early Friday morning; I guess all those boats out Thursday night were just checking out spots.
Reports during the week were nothing too much to speak about and those from early Friday and Saturday mornings were reasonable but all over the place.
We had reports from most corners of the bay and from all depths and then for the rest of the weekend or from those fishing during the day the reports came from deep water, especially after the storm.
The pattern is similar most years although this year it does seem the snapper have started in the shallow a bit early.
Generally what happens when you have hot days and low tide in the afternoon you would fish the shallows in the evening then when the weather or strong wind changes the snapper seem to go back into the deep water.
Counting fish on the move as seas warm
HUNDREDS of divers and snorkelers will take to the water this summer as part of the biggest citizen science event on Victoria’s marine calendar, the Great Victorian Fish Count.
“The huge amount of enthusiasm volunteers have for the Great Victorian Fish Count reflects the deep knowledge and passion that exists in local communities for our marine life,” Caitlin Griffith from the Victorian National Parks Association said.
“This enthusiasm makes it possible to contribute large amounts of real, usable data to marine managers and improves our understanding of Victoria’s waters.”
Now in its 11th year, the Great Victorian Fish Count is organised by the Victorian National Parks Association in partnership with Parks Victoria, Museum Victoria, Coastcare Victoria, local dive operators and community groups.
It will run from Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, December 6.
Divers and snorkelers from dive clubs, universities, schools, community groups and the general public contribute by counting fish along Victoria’s coast.
This year’s fish count is looking for ‘Fish on the Move’, and will focus on species that may be expanding their distribution and populations as a result of changes in the marine environment, such as ocean warming due to climate change.
Fish counters will be asked to keep an eye out for well-known locals as well as species that may be new or unusual to the area.
They’ll also be encouraged to log unusual or rare sightings on the Redmap project (redmap.org.au).
Redmap is a national ‘citizen science’ project that captures data and maps marine species that may be extending their range in Australia in response to changes in the marine environment. Parks Victoria will coordinate surveys in many of Victoria’s marine national parks and sanctuaries.
Registrations of interest for the Great Victorian Fish Count are open to dive clubs and community groups. For further information visit fishcount.vnpa.org.au or phone the Victorian National Parks Association on (03) 9347 5188.
Survey sites already confirmed include the Bunurong Marine National Park.