By King George

Little man with a big fish: Tom Humphris looks happy with this ripper snapper caught on the run off tide.

Little man with a big fish: Tom Humphris looks happy with this ripper snapper caught on the run off tide.

Rob Cartledge caught these snapper at Port Welshpool.

Rob Cartledge caught these snapper at Port Welshpool.

A PARTY consisting of Wonthaggi fishing tragics, led by organiser Robbier Geyer, has just returned from a successful trip to the Tamboon area.
He said they make this an annual event but this was something exceptional and all members of the party managed to bag a variety of fish.
Bream made up most of the numbers.
As it turned out gun fisherman Robbie Geyer found out that he was just a little bit afraid of snakes.
This he discovered when he went to remove his hat that was in his boat one morning but coiled up underneath was a very big black snake.
Of course being in the boat meant there was confined space on the water and it wasn’t until another member of the party, who heard the commotion, finally convinced the skipper that the snake was dead.
Things settled down somewhat until out of nowhere came a six-inch harmless Jackie lizard and the panic was on again, but the crew bravely relocated the reptile without fuss or any harm to man or reptile.
The party included Gavin Bolding, Dave and Steve Brann as well as Ross Yann who all denied setting up the hapless skipper with the black snake but the jury is definitely out on that one and maybe there might be a confession in the near future.

Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that there were plenty of boats out on the water over the weekend.
The fish have responded in kind with plenty of whiting being bagged on the usual baits such as Bass yabbies, pipis, cockles and squid.
The Lewis Channel is a favourite destination for whiting anglers and the royals have been to the 37cm mark.
Mixed in with them have been good numbers of flathead, silvers, salmon and mullet with the water being around five metres deep.
For the benefit of those not familiar the Lewis Channel, it flows past the Long Jetty and often boats will tie up to the structure after whiting with best results being on the run out tide.
The snapper numbers continue to be up to the 10kg mark and being taken on a variety of baits such as pilchards, fish fillets and of course squid that seem to be everywhere.
With the large numbers of snapper, gummies and other species, there has been numerous sightings of white pointer sharks.
Boaters have experienced sightings of the big fellows and one was said to be around the seven metre mark, which came up to the surface and circled a boat for a while before disappearing to parts unknown.
The jetties are worth a visit where there has been a very good variety of fish being caught such as flathead, silvers, mullet, salmon and squid.
Every so often there will be a whiting make a welcome appearance.
The fish are taking just about any presentation they can swallow with the best results being on the run in tide.
Places such as the Franklin and Doughboy and Toora channels have been very productive with plenty of snapper, gummies and good size flathead with best results on the last couple of hours of the run in tide and first of the run out flow.
Squid seem to be the best of the presentations, which makes sense, as there are huge numbers of them. They are also great on the table.
For those contemplating heading out from the Toora, there is an excellent boat ramp but is unusable at low tide due to the lack of water.

Shallow Inlet: The good numbers of whiting continue to impress boaters where they fish have been to the 38cm mark and are being caught on both sides of the tide.
Karen Starrett who runs the local caravan park says there have been good numbers of whiting to the 40cm mark making for impressive bags.
There has also been a sprinkling of flathead and gummy sharks along with silvers making a visit to this part of the world worth the effort.
There have not any reports of fishing outside the entrance at Waratah Bay but that might not be a bad thing as early in the week the weather was awful.

Port Albert: Rob Killury runs the local general store and says everyone seems to be getting fish mainly inside the entrance.
He says there have been good numbers of quite reasonable size whiting without being huge which has been the case for some time.
Occasionally there will be a kidney whacker bagged but they are the exception rather than the rule.
Good numbers of flathead have also been caught and seem to be everywhere.
Gummies and snapper are also in pleasing numbers and the local jetties are also firing.
Rob says the jetties have been most productive on the run in tide where flathead, silvers, mullet and for those who like them, eels; best baits have been whitebait, pipis, squid and small strips of pilchard.
For the benefit of anyone with a prize fish for bragging rights, there are weighing scales as well as a gantry for big sharks (along with a camera) at the general store.

Lakes Entrance: Plenty of King George whiting are being caught in Cunningham Arm, towards Bullock Island and also, in weed beds around the Kalimna Wall.
The town jetties are producing bream and trevally on prawn and pilchard.
The channels are good for salmon and flathead, on hard bodied lures.

Lake Tyers: A recent competition saw flathead to 80cm being landed, mainly around Trident Arm and Toorloo Arm, using prawn and strips of slimy mackerel.
The area between No 2 Jetty and the opening is also worth a try.
Blackfellows Arm has some good size ream, taking prawn, pilchard and plastics.

Mitchell River: Bream are biting between Eagle Point and Shadoof Lodge, on spider crab and prawn.

Tambo River: The mouth at Lake King is producing King George whiting and bream. Shrimp and sandworm are taking fish.

Nicholson: Good size bream have been caught around the car bodies, using sandworm and prawn.

Metung: Bancroft Bay has plenty of King George whiting and a few bream. Try sandworm and mussel.

Paynesville: Flathead have been landed at the back of Raymond Island, on soft plastics and pilchard.
Bream and King George whiting are in McMillan Strait. Best bait is peeled prawn and pipi.
School prawns are in the canals.

Hollands Landing: The wharf has some large bream being taken on spider crab and prawn.

Marlo: The Snowy River is murky, so the fishing is slow.
However, the Brodribb has bream, mullet and estuary perch at the mouth of Lake Curlip. Hard bodied lures, spider crab and prawn are picking up fish.
Bream are also around the rock groynes, and Marlo jetty.
Lake Corringle has luderick.
The surf has tailor and salmon.

Bemm River: Bream are active in the lake and river. Sandworm and prawn are best bait.
Trevally and flathead are in the channel, taking plastics and peeled prawn.
Luderick are biting on sandworm in the lake.

Mallacoota: Plenty of bream are in the Bottom Lake with flathead in the Top Lake. Soft plastics, prawn and sandworm are best bait.
Tailor are around the wharf, with metal lures catching fish.
Offshore, gummies and king fish are still being landed.

Keep the fishing info coming to King George on or 5672 3474. Good Luck and Tightlines.

Around the Bay

By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo

Mitch and his mates bagged out with some quality reds over the weekend.

Mitch and his mates bagged out with some quality reds over the weekend.

THE weather was all over the place again this week and at one stage I thought the whole street was going to blow away it was so strong!
Although we had a small amount of rain, a few more drops would be handy before the summer sets in.
When the conditions settled down there were some good reports from the boats but the landbased anglers continue to struggle.
There were some good varieties in the Eskies this week with it common for customers’ reports to contain snapper, gummies, whiting and calamari all from the same trip and same area.
We continue to get reports of whiting and calamari from some of the deeper channels and while they aren’t in the same numbers as the more common areas, the size is usually very good.

Calamari seemed to be slowing down as the reports were few and far between but it was more to do with the weather because as soon as it cleared up and people were out fishing again the reports started coming in.
It didn’t seem to matter where you were fishing, someone was catching calamari.
Landbased anglers were left out either with reports from San Remo, Cowes and Newhaven jetties, the beaches in Cleeland Bight and at Ventnor.
In the boats and kayaks the usual Cleeland Bight and Reef Island were good but reports also came from Tortoise Head, Ventnor, Cowes and even the channel off Elizabeth Island.
While this makes it sound like you can’t miss, there are still plenty of customers coming in that just can’t seem to find them but I guess that’s just fishing.
Several people we were able to help out with the way they were fishing – the Port Phillip Bay 1.8 jig doesn’t work too well around here.
Several people were using baited jigs with success and this week was the first for a while that there was any sort of pattern to the colour of the artificial ones.
While no one would give up the secret colour they were using, we struggled to keep white jigs on the shelf so it didn’t take too much guessing.

Not a lot in the way of big snapper this week but some perfect eating size pinkies and at times plenty of them.
The pattern has been much the same all season with evening into the night the best time especially in shallower water and the rising barometer doesn’t hurt either.
During the daylight hours the best is the change of tide but anybody’s guess as to the water depth.
The reports came from most areas around The Corals during the day and several reports, more from the mornings came from the Cowes channel and in Cleeland Bight.
Several pinkies are starting to show up just below the bridge in the little gutter just past the red pole, early morning the best.
There wasn’t a lot similar to the reports with some telling us the snapper were very aggressive while others saying it was a very timid bite.
Some got them just before the tide and some just after the tide, about the only common thing was pilchard and squid proved to be the best baits.
The disappointing thing with the snapper this year they seem to have developed a fear of jetties with only two reported this season so far, well below what we would expect for this time of the year.

Whiting reports are getting towards what we expect to see for this time of the year although still slightly inconsistent and a bit of work needed to find them.
Cleeland Bight has been best before light into the very early morning hours.
During the day and into the evening especially, Dickies Bay and Reef Island have been the best places to be.
There was some good quality with some weighing easily over 500 grams but not necessarily that long.
The problem this week was the amount of leatherjackets reported again and not just from Dickies Bay but a few from over towards Cowes as well.

The first of December sees the start of the San Remo traders Christmas calendar with a month full of specials to be had.
Our date for our special is December 9, where on presentation of the calendar you will receive 10 per cent off all rods, reels and combos in store. You can also go into the draw for $250 worth of vouchers to be spent in town.