By King George
THE great conditions have seen boaters and land based anglers out and about in big numbers.
Inverloch: Unfortunately over the weekend there were a couple of boating mishaps, which had awful potential.
Anderson Inlet can be a trap, especially for those who are not familiar with the area.
There are the ever shifting sand bars that can quickly change with the weather plus tide influence.
What was not there one day can suddenly be a menace the following day.
The message to boaters, especially those who are not familiar with this area is, please take care.
It would be a very good idea to have a look at the layout and sand bars at low water and or seek local advice before going out on the water.
On the fishing front there have been numerous boats trying their luck from the jetty to the entrance where whiting have been in fairly good numbers to the 36cm mark.
Not quite in the thumper bracket but well worthwhile going after and they have been taking baits such as Bass yabbies, pipis and squid.
There have also been a healthy sprinkling of flathead, mullet, silvers and salmon also being taken at low water on both sides of the tide.
Outside the entrance there has been quite good numbers of gummies making an appearance and if the conditions remain suitable the good results should continue.
Flathead and snapper are also contributing to pleasing bags.
Back inside the entrance at slack water there have been quality whiting, silvers and perch being caught by experienced anglers.
This area is known as The Snags for good reason.
There is plenty underwater furniture and this is where the fish will head for when hooked up.
The idea is to get them straight up before they reach the woodwork because if they do, then all will be most likely lost.
Further up the inlet near Stevies Gutter there has been quite reasonable numbers of whiting to the 33cm mark being caught on a variety of baits just outside the gutter but mixed in with them are many mini flathead that are way undersize.
Inside the gutter there have been perch and flathead in fairly good numbers, that are taking Bass yabbies with a squid or pipi cocktail.
The best time has been on the run off water as this is when fish will be coming off the sand bars or mud flats.
Mahers Landing is worth a visit where boaters have been doing well in front of the A frame house where there are whiting being caught.
There has also been a few rock flathead being bagged along with silvers and the occasional gummy shark at high water.
Land-based anglers are also happy with their results with mullet and flathead making up most bags.
Those in kayaks have also been able to take something home and even though they have to work hard for their fish, they are happy with the results.
Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that there has been very good results over the weekend where snapper have been to the 8kg mark in pleasing numbers.
Gummies have also been making the effort well worthwhile as well as quality flathead.
The best results have been in the Franklin Channel on the last couple of hours of the run in flow and first of the run off tide.
Doughboy Channel continues to impress and all the signs are bright for a good summer season.
Squid seem to be everywhere and it follows that they are very successful baits.
The Lewis Channel continues to impress where whiting are being caught on Bass yabbies, squid and pipis.
The better fishing has been on the run off tide and first of the incoming water.
The Lewis Channel flows past and this is where many boaters like to tie up to the pylons where whiting are the main catch.
Shallow Inlet: Karen Starrett who runs the local caravan park with husband Rob says there was a party from Melbourne that had a great time, taking home a very impressive mixed bag.
The fish included quality whiting to the 45cm mark, flathead, silvers, gummy sharks and big mullet that were caught mainly on the run in tide with baits such as pipis, squid and cockles being the best of the presentations.
There have been numerous other reports of success in this part of the world and all the indications are pointing towards happiness.
For the benefit of visitors, there is no constructed boat ramp but the sand is quite firm and will take trailer bloats but there are some soft patches and although the warning signs it would be a good idea to seek local advice first if you are not sure.
Lakes Entrance: Good size luderick have been landed under the highway bridge on weed and sandworm.
King George whiting and a few leather jackets have been taken off Bullock Island using pipi and squid.
The town jetties are good for mullet, with salmon off Eastern Beach.
Lake Tyers: The entrance is closed except at high tide.
Flathead are biting around No 2 Jetty and the sand flats near the entrance.
Pilchard and plastics are picking up fish.
Bream and a few trevally are throughout the lake with tailor at Long Point.
Mitchell River: Bream have been caught under the highway bridge and at Grassy Bank. Try spider crab and prawn.
Some estuary perch are in the backwater and striking hard bodied green lures.
Tambo River: Clues Bluff is producing bream on peeled prawn and shrimp.
Nicholson: Tailor have been taken at Strait Six on metal lures.
Bream and trevally are prevalent at Little Cliffs with peeled prawn and sand worm catching fish.
Metung: The wharf is good for bream and King George whiting. Prawn and shrimp are best bait.
Paynesville: Bream are biting off the town jetties on bread, sand worm and prawn.
Lake Reeve has good size flathead with mullet around the top of Raymond Island.
Hollands Landing: Bream have been landed at Toms Creek using sandworm and soft plastics.
Marlo: The Brodribb and Snowy Rivers are fishing well with bream, mullet and the odd estuary perch being caught. Hard bodied plastics and prawn are producing fish.
Large luderick are around the rock groynes.
The surf has salmon and tailor.
Bemm River: The lakes and river have plenty of bream taking sandworm and local prawn.
Some luderick have also been caught.
The surf has been good for gummies.
Tamboon: Bream have been taken between Mud Point and the campsite. Local prawn and sandworm are best bait.
Mallacoota: Bream are active in both lakes with yabbies and prawn catching fish.
The narrows are good for flathead and trevally, with the wharf offering luderick.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on firstname.lastname@example.org or 5672 3474. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Keep your cool and your catch
By King George
THIS is a true story about what one of our members witnessed while he was out on the water recently looking for a whiting or whatever might come along.
The member, who wishes not to be named, was not far off another boat that consisted of a male person who was in the process of abusing his female angler for no apparent reason.
The abuse continued for quite some time until the rude man decided that it was time to go home.
He retrieved the anchor and headed off at top speed and still being very rude to his obviously frightened lady passenger.
The observant boater who was watching the abuse couldn’t help but notice that fish were bouncing up and down in the water and were being washed out of the keeper bag and floating on the surface.
This escaped the rude skipper who appeared to be still abusing his frightened passenger.
The unnamed skipper followed at a safe distance and picked up the steady stream of escaping dead fish that were floating until there were none left to escape.
This was apparently all missed by the abuser and upon reaching the jetty he collided with the structure which did nothing for his temperature, which by this time would have been sky high.
We don’t know what happened after this or to the abused lady who was probably not his girlfriend. If so she would certainly not be by now.
The moral of this story is to keep your fish, you just gotta keep your cool!
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
IT is a very difficult report to start this week and it will sound confusing when I say there have hardly been any reports this week but at the same time, there has been some very good quality fish.
As is always this time of the year it is more about a shortage of anglers than a shortage of fish and when you add in some bad weather it does not help things.
With Christmas just around the corner, the tradies are madly trying to finish off jobs before the Christmas break as well as all the family and work Christmas parties that happen in these last couple of weeks but it will soon be over and fishing will be back on the agenda for most.
Christmas also sees us extend the shop hours and from Boxing Day right through to the end of January we will be open every day from 6am.
Often on the good offshore days, we are here earlier for customers heading out for a shark drift, just call the shop to arrange an earlier opening time.
If you have a spare hour or so before your holidays jump in the boat and make sure that all your safety gear is up to date because we expect to see marine safety patrolling the bay and offshore over the holidays and the last thing you want to do is cut your trip short or more expensive than it needs to be by having out of date flares or not the right gear.
If you are unsure, your local tackle or boating shop can let you know what you need to carry with you.
The other thing you need to check is your boat and tailer registration has been paid and your fishing licence is up to date.
All of the above will take only a very short time but will save a lot of stress and the wallet.
Landbased: Calamari was the flavour of the week and for the few fishing from the San Remo jetty the numbers were very good and several of those fishing bagged out.
Admittedly, there were some very small ones amongst them but the bigger ones balanced it out and made the session worth the effort.
The numbers weren’t quite the same from the beach at Woolamai but there wasn’t the same variety of sizes and most were decent size and not very small.
Float and baited jig the best on the beach with the odd one on artificial jig.
It was the same story at Ventnor on the beach although the evening was the best time.
Other reports came from Cowes jetty and more again from the Newhaven jetty.
Most were being caught on artificial jigs with white a standout again this week and a dozen other colours not that far behind.
Boats and kayaks didn’t seem to have much trouble finding them with drifting the best method.
Cleeland Bight, Reef Island, Dickies Bay and Tortoisehead the best spots with another couple from on The Corals.
Most bettered their chances by having one or two baited jigs under a float while casting artificial ones.
Several customers reported this week that the calamari were very aggressive and really attacked the jigs.
A couple of quality reports of whiting this week with size and quantity but as most customers told us it was anything but easy with plenty of moves needed to get away from the leatherjackets or just to find the fish.
One customer told me they got 20 whiting with 16 of them over 38cm and fat but it took three quarters of the day, three different baits and almost a dozen moves.
Nowhere stood out better than the other and reports came from most of the usual spots.
Although a couple of customers didn’t do too badly the majority managed one or two only.
Snapper have become very elusive and not many reports this week although plenty of people are telling me they are still getting plenty of arches on their sounders just not too many taking baits.
A few reports from The Corals this week and very mixed in size with plenty of undersize bait thieves around.
The couple of bigger ones we saw came from the top end of the bay between Elizabeth Island and Leola Shoal in 12m and 4m of water.
In fairness to the snapper, it hasn’t been all that favourable for anglers to get out and chase them.
Offshore there was actually a couple of days of moderate northerly’s that made the bay and Corals difficult to fish but because of a low swell boats were able to get outside.
The reports were reasonable of flathead, although a bit of searching was needed and they were in small patches in most depths as well.
There was a good mixture of tiger and sand flathead and the 35m line was probably the best of all, marginally.
Some good gummies and a couple of lost schoolies down towards the windmills but the arrow squid have become a bit scarce.
Only a couple of snapper or pinkies but there seems to be something happening most of the time with silver whiting, gurnard the odd salmon, perch, morwong and of course plenty of wrasse.