By King George

A COUPLE of well-known Wonthaggi locals Brett Forsyth and Dino Tiziani tried their luck in the Walkerville area.
This area is renowned for its huge whiting as well as a variety of other quality fish.
On a recent trip they were out looking for whatever might come along.
They had out a few lines, as is usually the case and were on the drift as the water in this area is too deep for anchoring.
“Forsey”, as he is affectionately known, was in charge of proceedings and had his favourite rod out when his line was suddenly fouled with some drifting weed.
This built up quite a strain on the line and in a flash the rod “Forsey” was using suddenly sprung out of the holder at a great rate.
In a flash the hapless owner jumped into the water in an attempt to retrieve his prized and expensive gear but to no avail and it was last seen slowly sinking into the murky depths never to be seen again.
Of course his good mate Dino thought it was rather funny and said that he couldn’t help as he was too busy laughing.
He did however manage to help his very wet mate back into the boat.

Inverloch: The area has plenty of boaters and land-based anglers trying their luck who are having varying degrees of success.
Outside the entrance there have been very good numbers of whiting being caught for those who know where to look in the comparatively shallow water.
The royals have been taking a variety of baits, which include Bass yabbies, squid, pipis and cockles.
Mixed in with them are quality flathead and garfish and local knowledge is a big help.
Further out wider there have been reports of big gummy sharks being landed as well as school sharks.
Boaters have been making the trek outside the entrance as far as Venus Bay where just outside the breakers there have been good size flathead being caught on soft plastics and a variety of natural baits.
In the same area there has been a sprinkling of silvers that have been to the 2kg mark.
Just inside the entrance there has been a sprinkling of quality flathead that have been to the 37cm mark along with mullet, flathead and silvers.
There has even been a few gummies being bagged but there is a fair bit of water mixed in with them.
There have been a few very keen anglers who make the drive to Lees Road and then make the trek to fish from the sand at an area known as The Snags.
This is known as the deepest water in the inlet but also has very good quality fish such as whiting perch and flathead that can be caught on a variety of baits.
There is however a small window of opportunity being when there is very little tide.
However the rewards can make the effort well worthwhile.
The area known as Stevies Gutter has also been productive and again this area can be fished by land-based anglers for good results with flathead, perch and whiting at low water.
Just outside the gutter there are smallish but size whiting being bagged but there are also plenty of those mini flathead that never seem to grow but are hopefully going to increase in size eventually.
There has been plenty of activity at Mahers Landing and no doubt this will increase as the holiday season goes by.
There has been a variety of fish such as mullet, flathead, silvers and coutta being bagged by land based anglers on baits such as whitebait, pipis, sand worms and Bass yabbies.

Tarwin River: The fishing platforms have been receiving quite a workout as far as visitors are concerned.
They have been catching reasonable size perch, mullet and eels with best results being on the run out tide.
Further down near the rock bank there have been reports of silvers and mullet also being bagged by land-based anglers.

Shallow Inlet: Karen Starrett at the Shallow Inlet caravan park says there has been plenty of activity at Shallow Inlet and with the warmer conditions now with us the situation will only improve.
She says whiting have been to the 50cm mark, which puts them well into the thumper bracket, and are being caught on baits such as Bass yabbies, pipis, squid and cockles.
As well as whiting there has been good numbers of flathead, silvers, mullet and gummy sharks making up very impressive bags.
For the benefit of those not familiar there is no constructed boat ramp but the sand is firm enough to launch medium size craft.
Just be careful though as there are some soft patches of sand and local knowledge should be sought if you are not sure.

Lakes Entrance: Anglers are bagging out on king George whiting around the Barrier landing and the Floating Dragon Jetty. Pipi and sandworm are catching fish.
The Post Office Jetty has mullet, trevally, tailor and the odd luderick.
The Kalimna rock wall is producing whiting, tailor, ling and trevally. Local prawn and sliver lures are best baits.

Omeo High Country: The Gibbo and Mitta Mitta Rivers have brown trout in the deeper sections. Worms and hoppers are best bait.

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

With a short week because of Christmas deadlines there isn’t much to report so I thought I would put something together that might help some of the many visitors we get to the area.
I get a lot of visitors to the shop from all parts of the state and country many of whom have been told all these stories that boating in Westernport Bay is dangerous because all you do is get stuck on the mud.
Like anywhere you go boating it can be dangerous and Westernport Bay is no different but with a small amount of common sense it can be as safe if not safer than any other boating waterway.
The best way to stay out of trouble is to ask someone who knows the area and generally the local tackle shop is the best place to start and while they might not be able to guarantee you will catch a fish if you follow the instructions you are given chances are you will avoid getting into trouble.
The most important rule in the bay is to follow the channel markers and to know what a danger marker looks like. If unsure slow down.
There are a few things you need to be aware of to have an enjoyable days fishing in Westernport Bay as it can be quite different to Port Phillip Bay.
In Westernport we have current and lots of it and the biggest difference you will find when fishing is you actually need to use sinkers and I don’t mean split shot but large pieces of lead.
You will also need to change the size of sinker as the tide changes and you will need to use different size sinkers in different parts of the bay.
As a general rule when you are whiting fishing you are generally in the shallow areas of the bay often as shallow as 1m and you generally use sinkers from 1/2oz to 3oz when you are chasing snapper or gummies you will need 4oz to 8oz in the shallower spots and 8oz to 16oz in the deeper channels with all of the above dependant on the time of the tide.
The biggest advantage we have in Westernport is we have an island in the middle and although it can still get quite rough it is generally a short chop which can be navigated safely.
It also means there is generally somewhere you can go to fish.
Until the end of January, Jim’s Bait and Tackle will be opening every day from 6am and won’t close before 5pm.
We have sheets available with GPS marks on them to give you a starting point for your fishing.

Tips for respectful boating

Boating tips from Gippsland Ports for responsible and respectful boating:
• Keep your boat and motor in well-maintained condition. Check battery and electrical systems, avoid fuel and oil leaks. Check remaining fuel onboard and top up prior to departure. Do not re-fuel your vessel on the water other than at re-fueling facilities.
• Regularly check safety gear. Check life jackets including self-inflate components, flares, waterproof and buoyant torch with charged batteries, fire extinguisher, radio, first aid kit, anchor chain and line, spare water, food and any necessary personal medications. Familiarise yourself and your passengers with the safety equipment on board and how and when to use it.
• Check the weather before you leave. Avoid the open water during times of strong and gale force Wind Warnings.
• Familiarise yourself with channels and navigation aids and safe bar crossing. For boaters intending to cross the ocean bar – “if in doubt, don’t go out”. Visit the Gippsland Ports website for the latest Lakes Entrance bar conditions and real time tide and weather information.
• Respect other waterway users. Observe 5 knot speed limits – in designated areas, or within 50 metres of a person in the water, jetties, slipways, boat ramps and other vessels.
• Watch your wake. Even at the 5 knot speed limit, boat wake can cause damage or inconvenience to other waterway users – adjust your speed to minimise your wake in confined waterways or when passing smaller vessels.