By King George
THE warm weather has seen boaters and land-based anglers trying their luck with varying amounts of success.
Surf: The conditions for this form of fishing have been comfortable where visiting anglers have been doing fairly well.
Best results have been on the run in tide and even better if this coincides with evening into darkness when the fish will move in closer under cover.
Salmon have been making up most bags as to be expected but there has been a sprinkling of other species such as flathead, mullet, and good size gummy sharks that have been making the effort worthwhile.
Tony Harrigan and a mate travelled down from the city to try their luck and in a few hours managed seven very nice size salmon that were all caught on whitebait on the run in tide.
Tony said he also managed a very nice size gummy shark but returned it to the water as he thought it might be a female in pup.
Inverloch: The great conditions have seen plenty of boats out on the water inside and outside the entrance.
The quality whiting have been to the 45cm mark, which make it worthwhile where they have been caught in the comparatively shallow water.
GPS marks have been a distinct advantage.
As well as the royals there have also been very good size flathead being bagged on both sides of the tide.
Quality gummy sharks are also turning up and it shouldn’t be long before there are reports of makos making an appearance.
No doubt they are around and King George would appreciate reports.
For the benefit of boaters not familiar, these are very dangerous fish if not handled properly and have a nasty habit of jumping into boats and causing plenty of damage, as well as worry.
They should not be brought aboard unless very dead.
Boaters have been making the effort to travel outside the entrance as far as Venus Bay where, just beyond the breakers there continues to be quality flathead, pinkies and gummies being bagged.
Back inside the entrance there are better quality whiting that are to the 35cm mark being caught at low water on both sides of the tide where Bass yabbies have been doing the job as well as pipis, squid and small strips of pilchards.
The snags, opposite the boat ramp have also been worth a visit but there is a limited window of opportunity.
The best results have been at comparatively slow current on both sides of the tides.
The water there is deep and as the area known as the snags is just that, very snaggy.
For the benefit of those not familiar, the idea is to get the fish up without any fancy stuff as they will head straight for the underwater furniture and if they make it, then you will most likely have to re rig and start all over again.
Mahers Landing: Over the weekend there has been plenty of activity where the current is not quite so fast.
The only thing is that there is a very shallow grade which means that vehicles have to risk contact with the salt water-which is far from desirable.
The best time to use the ramp is at high water where there is a steeper grade and to avoid vehicles making contact with salt water.
Land-based anglers have been doing reasonably well with a mixture of fish such as mullet, flathead, silvers and flathead that have been bagged on the run in tide.
Stevies Gutter is still very popular with boaters who have been doing alright on the run out tide.
Good size flathead lay in wait as the tide runs off and fish come in off the mud flats.
This is where they will get an easy meal.
Tarwin River: There haven’t been any reports to King George as far as this area is concerned but no doubt a visit would not be wasted as there have been reasonable perch being bagged along with mullet and silvers.
There are also plenty of eels for those who like them and they also make very good shark bait.
Wonthaggi Angling Club: The club held its monthly competition last Sunday and there were around 65 members and visitors in attendance.
They were welcomed by president Steve Howell and thanked for making the effort to attend.
The conditions were as good as they could get which is unusual for weigh-ins.
Fish of the month was garfish, which attracted double points.
There were 16 fish weighed in and the winner of the senior male section was Ian Gilbee with a 185gm garfish for 220 points.
The junior male section was won by Jack Howell with a 145gm garfish for 1748 points.
The senior male section was won by Jan Beaumont with a 370gm whiting for 1036 points.
The junior female section was won by Cheyenne Sharples with a 205gm trevally for 410 points.
The veterans section was won by Alan Bentick with a 200gm garfish for 2400 points.
Those present were treated to a very tasty snack to beef and pork, which saved the chore of preparing an evening meal and much appreciated.
The next competition day will be on Sunday, February 21.
President Steve said that he would like to see as many members as possible as well as friends to make it a pleasant event.
Shallow Inlet: Karen Starrett who runs the local caravan park says that the fishing has really been firing where whiting have been making up most bags along with big flathead, gummies and silvers.
Whiting have been to the 50cm mark and taking a variety of baits such as pipis, squid and Bass yabbies.
Karen says that the water is warm and conditions great and she has a very good selection of fresh bait, which has been very popular with locals and visitors.
The fish have been taken on both sides of the tide with low water the most productive.
For the benefit of those not familiar with the area, there is no constructed boat ramp but the sand is firm enough to launch boats but there are some soft patches and if not sure it would be a good idea to seek local advice.
Port Welshpool: Over the weekend there has been great fishing according to information from the boat storage where good numbers of gummy sharks and whiting have been bagged.
Hammerhead sharks are also in good numbers and taking a variety of baits, which makes a visit to the area well worthwhile.
The Lewis Channel has been producing good numbers of whiting that have been to the 38cm mark and taking baits such as pipis, Bass yabbies and small strips of pilchards.
Out wide around Cliffy Islands there have been reports of reasonable size king fish making up bags where among other presentations, mirrors have been producing results.
The jetties have also been worth a visit where resident fish such as silvers, mullet, flathead and squid have been bagged on the usual presentations.
The best time is on the run in tide and the eastern of the structure has been the best place to wet a line.
Port Albert: Rob Killury who runs the general store with wife Ulla says that the great fishing continues both inside and outside the entrance.
The jetties have been very popular with locals and visiting anglers where there has been a variety of fish such as silvers, mullet, flathead, and eels for those who like them.
Whiting continue to be very well represented and taking baits such as pipis, squid and Bass yabbies.
Good size gummies are also being caught.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on firstname.lastname@example.org or 56 723 474. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
THE fishing has been all over the place this week and even writing it down hasn’t made much sense.
There have been very few patterns to this week and looking out the window all week boats have been moving all over the place.
Having said that though we have seen some very good quality fish caught this week.
One of the most consistent places for quantities of whiting and calamari was Tortoise Head Bank but it wasn’t always those fishing the recommended best time that would get the best catches.
We had a lot of reports from the area during the week and they came from many parts of the tide.
The quality of the fish was generally good both for calamari and whiting although customers told us the bigger whiting seemed to come through in waves and the bite didn’t last long.
Everywhere there was whiting there were toadies or leather jackets and plenty of them.
Some of the biggest whiting from the week came from Cleeland Bight and although there weren’t big numbers when they are over 45cm.
The best of the land spots was along the beach at Ventnor late in the evening.
Reports of large snapper have almost dried up now and all the reports are of pinkies, problem is most are very small especially on The Corals.
Occasionally though someone came across a school of 40cm ones and like the whiting for no reason at all and not necessarily in a place you would expect.
I have had a few reports of better size pinkies from offshore but not the numbers you should expect however they are in places you should get them, the reef areas around the Powlett and off the Cape.
Calamari seem to have been upset by those easterlies and the numbers have definitely dropped off but you will still find a couple if you want to target them.
We had reports from all the normal land based areas and boating spots but they seem very timid at times.
One customer told us he wandered down to the jetty and could see plenty in the water when he got there so dropped in a jig, the problem was they weren’t interested at all and didn’t matter what colour or type he dropped into the water they just looked at it and swam away.
Like the inconsistency of everything else another customer was there another morning and saw three squid swimming around the jetty and managed to land all of them.
There was a bit of a pattern with the calamari reports in the boats and early morning in Cleeland Bight, Tortoise Head during the day and Ventnor in the evening.
With some better weather boats have been able to head offshore again this week and a couple more mako sharks have turned up with the best just over 130kg.
There have been a few blue sharks tagged as well this season, a shark we haven’t seen for a few years.
Already this year we have seen more makos than were around last year and the blue sharks as well as several bronze whalers in the bay.
Plenty of customers have told me while fishing offshore something big has taken their gummy baits but cut cleanly through their leader, possibly bronzies as well.
We have also had the usual reports of whites swimming around especially those who fish west of the cape or out from the western entrance.
Maybe it’s because there are a lot of arrow squid and plenty of schools of slimmeys this year.
If you are fishing offshore over the next couple of months keep your eyes open and lures ready because the way the season is going there is every chance the stripieys will show up as well.
Flathead have been good, small schools but not too difficult to get a good bag with several small drifts, 30m to 45m from the Cape to the Windmills best about in the middle in front of the Kilcunda bridge.
A couple of good customers Damien and Aaron have been fishing offshore and apart from landing plenty of fish they have been playing around with their go-pro camera dropping it down to the bottom and the results have been very interesting.
If you want to see what gummies, snapper, flathead, squid and even todies look like in their natural environment the photos are on our Facebook page.
This year we have decided to celebrate the Australia Day long weekend with a fishing competition.
It will be a very simple competition all you have to do is weigh your fish.
The comp will be for two species, squid and whiting and it will be a secret weight competition so the closest to the weight wins.
There are a couple of hundred dollars up for prizes and will run from 6am Saturday, January 23 until 4pm on Sunday, January 24. You can weigh two of each species per day.
For more information, give us a call at the shop or check our Facebook page.