By King George
THROUGH the week there have been mixed reports on the water with boaters and land-based anglers, at times have had to battle hard for a fish.
As the week wore on the fishing improved and there were more smiles than frowns.
Inverloch: Early in the week there was a fair bit of that awful east wind blowing which did nothing for the fish numbers.
However there were some reports inside the entrance where whiting were in reasonable numbers up as far as Stevies Gutter where they have been to the 35cm mark at best and being caught on the usual presentation such as Bass yabbies, pipis and squid.
Visiting boater Colin Harper and crew from Dandenong are down on their annual visit to this part of the world and have some favourite spots where they seldom fail.
At the time of this report they were catching very good number of whiting that were to the 35cm mark and generally pleased with their returns.
As well as well as the royals there was a mixture of reasonable size flathead and silvers that made the efforts worthwhile.
Colin said he saw some boats that had run aground on the sand banks that are continually on the move and can cause a nasty accident when hit at speed.
This can be a timely warning to other boaters.
There are markers throughout the inlet but a sudden change in conditions can change the locations of sand banks where boaters, especially those not familiar with the inlet, can be caught unawares.
Mahers Landing has been fairly busy through the week when conditions have allowed.
The best time to launch and retrieve boats is at high water but of course this is not always possible.
Over the weekend boaters were faced with the very low water tides where vehicles were driven into the salt water-which can cause awful damage and must be thoroughly washed, especially underneath after exposure.
Having said that there is not the fast running tide that is at the Inverloch jetty and not as much traffic.
There have been reasonable returns as far as the fish are concerned with silvers, flathead, coutta and fair size whiting making up bags.
Land-based anglers have been having the best results on the run in tide and better still if this occurs after sunset as the fish will move in closer under the cover of darkness.
Tarwin River: The fishing platforms are still very popular with land-based anglers who have been doing well, especially on fine sunny days without the wind.
This is where there have been reasonable size silvers, perch and mullet have been bagged with best results being on the run out tide.
Shallow Inlet: The good fishing continues at this part of the world where Karen Starrett who runs the local caravan park says everything is pointing towards happiness.
She says the traditional numbers of whiting continue to make up very impressive bags as well as well as flathead, silvers as well as a sprinkling of gummy sharks.
The fish have been caught on both sides of the tides and Karen says there is ample supply of fresh bait on sale at the park.
The water temperature is at the summer levels and should stay that way and no doubt the great fishing will continue.
For the benefit of those not familiar with the area, there is no constructed ramp but boats can be launched and retrieved on the firm sand but there are some soft patches, which can be a bit of a trap.
If you are not sure it would be a good idea to seek local advice and in any case make sure that you park well above the high water mark.
There have been some boaters who have returned from a successful trip with a boat full of fish but this has been a bit off putting with the sight of a car full of water!
Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that there has been plenty of activity as far as boaters are concerned.
Whiting have been caught in very good numbers where pipis, squid, Bass yabbies and sand worms have been among the best of the baits.
The Lewis Channel seems to be the most productive of the places to wet a line as far as the royals have been concerned and mixed in with them have been good numbers of silvers, flathead and mullet.
There has been a sprinkling of snapper being bagged but not in great numbers but that’s fishing where they can be scarce one day and everywhere the next.
Throughout the inlet there have been good numbers of gummies making an appearance on both sides of the tides, making a visit to these waters well worth the effort.
The land-based anglers have also been pleased with their efforts off the jetty.
The best results have been on the run in tide on the eastern end of the structure.
Tom Harding is a visitor to the area and decided to try his luck.
He bought some bait from the boat storage and after some friendly advice headed to a spot where he managed some very nice whiting that were all around the 35cm mark and will be making a return trip at the first opportunity.
Port Albert: Rob Killury who runs the local general store says the fish are going crazy both inside and outside the entrance.
He says this is the best season he can remember.
Locals Rhonda and Terry Young went out for a couple of hours and returned with a very nice bag of gummies that were to the 8kg mark as well as quality snapper that were taken on a variety of baits.
There have been reports of big snapper to the 8kg mark as well as 7kg snapper along with flathead being caught on both sides of the tides.
One boater was doing very well when suddenly out of nowhere came a very big white pointer that decided to circle his boat.
The big fellow was much longer than the boat and the angler decided there must be a better place to catch a fish and headed for the much shallower water.
Rob says whiting are even being caught off the local jetties and have been to the 35cm mark as well as flathead, silvers, mullet, gars and squid.
At the time of this report there were plenty of land-based anglers trying their luck and most had something to show for their toils.
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
FINALLY, the easterly winds have disappeared and we have more of the wind/weather pattern you would expect for this time of the year.
We should also start to see conditions become more favourable offshore so now is a good time to brush off the kingfish gear and head out for a look.
Pick up some live bait around the heads on the way out then to Pyramid Rock or the Pinnacle and the more adventurous can head to the reef areas off Cape Paterson.
If you are heading offshore the arrow squid are right down the bottom and can be easily caught using an artificial jig on a paternoster rig with enough weight.
Most of the arrow squid have been towards the Windmills in about 40m of water and if you want to see what it looks like at that depth have a look on our Facebook page where one of our customers sent his go-pro camera down for a look.
There have been a couple of people out chasing makos but with little success and not a lot to report in the way of keepers.
One customer managed two small ones which he tagged and released and another customer reported one of about 60kg free swimming around the boat.
There were also a couple of blue sharks tagged over the weekend.
Flathead numbers were not quite as good as has been in the last few weeks but most that targeted them found at least a feed and a couple of customers reported good numbers.
It was anybody’s guess as to the best area to head judging on the reports with nothing much making sense and covering a bit of area between 30m and 50m from the cape to the Windmills; the only advice I could give is for short drifts and plenty of moves.
There were a few more good gummies caught offshore again and all were caught on fresh squid heads.
There are some good schools of slimmeys out wide of Cody Banks and several people reported couta chasing up their flathead or squid in closer.
Sliver whiting were caught in closer off the Glass House in around 25m of water.
Whiting seem to be getting better in the bay one minute and next impossible to find but one thing that hasn’t changed is the reports have been wide spread.
A few reports now coming again from Dickies Bay, Reef Island and Tortoise Head in the mornings but still more in these areas on the change of tide or late evening.
We have also had reports from Corinella, Rhyll bank and even a couple from the Boy’s Home Channel.
Snapper have been few and far between but pinkies of all sizes across The Corals have been a pest at times with many undersize that seem to be hanging around with the undersize flathead.
One customer even reported catching an undersize pinkie and an undersized flathead on the same rig.
There are a few keepers to be found but to bag out will take a considerable amount of work and a bit of moving.
Gummies in the bay are mostly small especially on The Corals and shallower areas as there must have been a few bigger ones pupping recently.
There are some bigger ones being caught in the deeper channels but we aren’t seeing too many over 4kg.
Those successful have used a variety of baits with nothing better than the other.
Calamari reports have been, unusual with no pattern at all.
Morning and night produced a few from San Remo Jetty but then someone will wander down in the middle of the day and have no trouble at all catching a good bag of them.
The boats have been similar with no best or worst time standing out with plenty of reports from whiting fishermen saying they had a few come up attached to the whiting they were winding in, some getting them in a net while others cast jigs in once they let go but unsuccessful with the calamari just looking at the jig and swimming away.
Then the next customer would come in saying that the calamari were very aggressive attacking any colour jig that you threw into the water.
Many customers are still reporting that they are catching a variety of fish in each session in the bay and the reports over the last few weeks back this up.
We have had rock flathead, mullet, pike, salmon, yakkas, couta, plenty of rays and wrasse we have even had a couple of arrow squid and a cuttlefish reported.