By King George
THE good fishing continues and the settled conditions have seen very good bags of a variety of quality fish that have been putting smiles on the faces of happy anglers.
King George also welcomes a regular report from Murray McDonald who runs the fishing tackle shop at Foster.
Surf: Through the week there have been reports of salmon to the 1.5kg mark being caught off Williamsons Beach up as far as the Kilcunda Bridge.
Andrew Hellets and a couple of mates decided to try their luck through the week and managed a mixed bag of salmon, mullet and three reasonable size flathead that were around the 35cm mark that were all caught on salted pipis.
Inverloch: Early in the week there were reports of whiting being caught from the entrance up as far as Stevies Gutter.
The better quality fish were closer to the entrance as is usually the case and were bagged on the usual baits such as Bass yabbies, pipis and squid.
There has also been other species such as coutta, mullet, silvers and salmon being caught when the conditions have allowed.
Further up the entrance there have been reports of flathead, silvers and mullet being bagged along with the occasional gummy shark that are making a visit worthwhile.
As far as the gummies are concerned, the best results have been on the run in tide as this is when the fish will move in under the cover of darkness.
Tarwin River: As is usually the case when conditions have allowed, the fishing platforms have been very popular with land-based anglers where perch to the 30cm mark have been caught on baits such as sand worms, Bass yabbies and soft plastic lures.
There has also been a sprinkling of mullet, bream and eels to be caught but it would be fair to say that at times there can be somewhat of a long wait between enquiries.
Most fish are being bagged on the run off tide.
George Bray and a couple of mates decided to put in off the boat ramp and made the mistake of selecting low water but won’t do it again.
George said that even though they had a medium size tinny it was a battle with the soft black mud but they learnt something.
Once out they decided to try their luck above the bridge where they had a variety of baits, which included Bass yabbies, which were the most successful of the presentations.
They managed a bag of perch and mullet that made the effort worthwhile.
Shallow Inlet: Karen Starrett says the caravan park that she and husband Rob run is full at the time of this report.
She says that the fishing has been great with very good numbers of whiting being caught on a variety of baits such as pipis, squid, Bass yabbies and sand worms.
There has also been plenty of quality of flathead being caught on both sides of the tides.
Good size gummies and silvers are also being caught in good numbers and recently there have been plenty of kite surfers on the water but everyone seems to be doing the right thing.
Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that over the weekend there has been plenty of wind, which has kept most boats in the shed.
When conditions have allowed there have been quite reasonable numbers of whiting being caught in the Lewis Channel as well as a sprinkling of flathead and silvers.
Through the week there had been quite a few gummies making an appearance as well as good quality pinkies.
There seems to be fair-sized king fish everywhere according to reports which is good news and hopefully their size will be updated.
The jetties have also been very productive where there have been fish such as silvers, mullet, flathead and garfish making up reasonable bags.
The best time has been on the run in tide with the eastern end of the structures being the most productive.
This report is from Murray MacDonald at the Foster Fishing Tackle Shop.
Walkerville South is fishing extremely well at the moment with a lot of kingfish showing up in the system.
Squid fishing has experienced one of the best seasons to date which also explains why the King fish are also holding in this area.
King George whiting continue to fish well with larger models being the norm.
Some good schools of salmon have also been working the area.
The Lower Tarwin has been fishing well with reports of bream being caught as well as good numbers of estuary perch.
Waratah Bay has been producing some very good gummy sharks for the land based anglers that venture out in the evening and the whiting have continued to produce the bigger fish that the area is known for.
Shallow Inlet continues to fire with good catches of King George whiting and pinkie snapper being the bonus.
Large snook have been crashing the party here and are hunting in packs often following hooked fish right up to the boats and jumping all over the catch.
At the moment there are a few reports coming in from the kayakers that quite a few bronzies have been spotted in the system with some of them making their kayaks feel very small.
There are a lot of good size mullet also being caught as a by-product of fishing for whiting and still a few trevally about.
The whole system is very healthy and it often astounds me the variety of fish on offer.
Foster beach continues to fish well for larger flathead and out off the hole a gummy is always on the cards.
Off Toora the channel is fishing well and out to the right is a great area to get up into the shallows and flick a fly around from a kayak to chase the larger flathead as is the island off Foster beach.
Lakes Entrance: Large salmon have been landed of the surf using poppers, metal lures and blue bait.
Garfish have been caught in the North Arm around the winery.
Luderick have been lively under the highway bridge with King George whiting biting around Barrier Landing. Try sandworm and pipi.
The town jetties are still good for trevally and mullet around sunset.
Lake Tyers: Bream have been taken in the Main Lake and between Camerons Arm and Devils Hole using local prawn.
Flathead, tailor, trevally and pinkies are active in the evening around No 2 Jetty. Prawn and hard-bodied lures are producing fish.
Mitchell River: Bream are cruising between grassy banks and the cut with a few at Wy Yung Bridge. Spider crab and prawn are best bait.
Estuary perch are still around the Highway Bridge taking hard-bodied plastic lures.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0401 199 223. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds, Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
I THINK the lack of fishing reports early on in the week was due mostly to a lack of anglers with a lot of people heading back to work just after Christmas but many saying they were heading back down for the Australia Day long weekend.
The forecast for the weekend wasn’t brilliant but as is often the case the actual weather was much different and for most of the weekend there was plenty of fishable breaks, problem was most left their boats at home.
Newhaven Jetty for some reason this year so far has been very disappointing for snapper and we have seen only a couple of pinkies but we are starting to see more calamari.
Over the weekend the jetty was reasonably busy and we had reports of several fish being caught.
There wasn’t a lot of each fish caught but several species, pinkies, whiting, flathead, salmon, mullet, calamari and the usual rubbish wrasse and rays.
It is one of those fishing areas that can change quickly and might finish up being one of the best places during autumn.
Cowes Jetty was very similar in reports to Newhaven except when the weather turns hot there are plenty of swimmers and boats making fishing difficult.
I would suggest if you are fishing in this area during the day wander down and fish off the beach at Ventnor and fish the jetty at night time.
The beach at Ventnor fishes better when you have a high tide on dusk but we did see a couple of flathead and whiting from there this week during the day.
Not having a lot of boats on the water made it difficult to get any sort of regularity in reports but those who were out said it was hard work and difficult to find many fish.
I don’t know what had more of an influence the wind or the moon but something made a difference this week.
The barometer remained steady but low all week and didn’t really move much over the weekend.
As we all know next week could be the complete opposite and those lucky enough to be still on holidays could clean up.
We did get some reports though and a bit of quality amongst them as well with calamari probably the slowest they have been for a few weeks.
They were best at night time this week from the jetty at San Remo and those who fished in the morning struggled.
The boats found them OK but not in as big numbers in the one spot.
The reports did come from many parts of the bay and I don’t think they have all of a sudden spread out around the bay I think it’s just more people now fishing everywhere for them; Cleeland Bight, Ventnor, Tortoise Head were the best spots, white and orange jigs the best colour.
Pinkies are around by the dozen the only problem is they are all very small and size ones are hard to find.
We had a couple of customers come in that managed to find a school of bigger ones and the three on the boat managed nine between them between 40cm and 62cm, the North Corals were the area they fished and fresh squid and tuna as bait.
Gummies were best offshore in the very small windows that you were able to get out there to fish.
The best report came from out at Cody Banks on the top of the shallower bank with another couple from down towards the Powlett River.
Flathead were OK but small schools still and time needed to find the right drift – 35m to 45m lines the best and it didn’t make much difference if you were east or west.
When the weather settles and we start to see the flat calm days in a row, get your kingfish gear ready because there are plenty out there from all the reports lately; Pyramid Rock to Seal Rock in close, wide off Pyramid Rock, the Pinnacle off Woolamai and the rough bottom towards Cape Paterson the places to target.
Because the conditions were a bit sloppy several of those who headed offshore decided to drag a few lures around, mostly stick baits or X-Rap 20s and of those who hooked up not many landed kingfish.
Some got a look at what they had but couldn’t stop them, some on quality gear and heavy line and still couldn’t turn them before they found the rocks.
A few were lucky enough to land them although they were just size and a couple under.
For those getting frustrated with whiting fishing take some hope out of the comments I am getting from some of my best whiting customers who very rarely miss.
They are coming in telling me that they have been out a few times lately and not troubled the scorer.
I have spoken to a lot of customers that have managed to get a feed of whiting lately but haven’t had anybody in that has told me they have bagged out for some time.
Like the snapper I don’t think the fish have gone anywhere I just think the bigger ones are having trouble getting to the bait.
The undersize pinkies are quicker than the bigger snapper as are the leather jackets with the whiting.
To back this up a bit we had someone in during the week that fished with his mate in the top end of the bay a couple of weeks ago where the water was crystal clear and they could see the fish behind the boat.
They said there were plenty of leather jackets close to the boat but around the outside was several whiting.
Every time they dropped a bait into the water the leather jackets were like piranha on to it whereas the whiting sat back and didn’t fight for the bait.
They then tried something different and put much larger hooks on with bigger baits, half a pilchard fillet or a decent squid strip and found the whiting would fight for the bigger baits and the toadies especially didn’t seem to be interested with the pilchard.
Whiting reports that we did get didn’t have any pattern to them at all this week and the biggest we saw came from 8m of water off Elizabeth Island.
The usual spots Cleeland Bight and Dickies Bay produced a few fish but not the normal times and as everybody said just keep moving and you will find a few then just keep doing that to get a feed.
Stay safe on the water
THE arrival of summer and the holiday season means many hours of boating pleasure on Gippsland’s waterways for thousands of boating enthusiasts.
As locals and visitors take to the water for cruising, fishing and water sports, Gippsland Ports is encouraging boaters to take extra care for their safety and the enjoyment of all waterway users.
Gippsland Ports CEO, Nick Murray, said that recent boating incidents in Victorian waters had highlighted the need for recreational boaters to exercise care, caution and courtesy on the water at all times.
“Everyone has their part to play in staying safe on the water and most boating accidents could have been avoided with more attention to some basic safety rules”, Mr Murray said.
“Boat operators carry a big responsibility for their safety, as well as that of their passengers and other waterway users.
“By following a few simple rules and ensuring that all safety gear is in working order, recreational boaters can avoid inconvenience, injury or tragedy on the water.”
This summer, Marine Safety Victoria has launched a boating safety campaign, focusing on wearing your life jacket.