By King George
THE good fishing continues and the good news spreads quickly with boaters and land-based anglers enjoying great bags of assorted fish.
This should continue as long as the good conditions prevail.
Inverloch: The conditions have allowed boaters to venture outside the entrance but King George reminds boaters that crossing the bar demands caution.
Over the years there have been many unfortunate accidents, which have claimed lives, and if unsure skippers should seek local advice as it is constantly changing.
Having done that, there have very good results where in the deeper water, there have been good numbers of gummies being caught on baits such as squid, pilchards and fillets of fish.
There has also been snapper to the 4kg mark making an appearance as well as quality flathead that have been making the effort worthwhile.
For boaters who don’t mind a bit of a hike, there is an area just beyond the breakers at Venus Bay where good size flathead are making the effort worthwhile.
Pinkies to the 3kg mark are being caught along with the occasional gummy shark.
Inside the entrance there has been good fishing with a variety such as flathead, silvers, mullet and visiting gummy shark.
Boaters and land-based anglers have been visiting the area known as The Snags but there is a small window of opportunity.
For the benefit of visitors or those not familiar with the area, this is the deepest part of the Inlet and the water usually flows at a fast rate.
There is however a couple of hours on both sides of the tide when the flow slows down to allow fishing and this is usually the best time to try your luck.
Good size flathead, perch and whiting can be caught there but the idea is to get them up as quickly as possible as, when hooked up they head straight for the underwater furniture and when this happens, you can bet you will be broken off and have to start all over again.
Stevies Gutter is always worth a try but there is a sand bar, which comes into play at low water and there is a bit of a battle to cross.
Having done that there are good numbers of perch, whiting and flathead to be caught with the best results being on the run out tide.
Just outside the sand bank, there are quite reasonable if not all that big but size whiting being caught on baits such as pipis, Bass yabbies and squid.
There are also plenty of those mini flathead that are way under size and of course must be returned to the water.
Good size flathead can be caught as the tide runs off, exposing the mud flats.
This is where they lay in ambush, waiting for smaller fish to move into the deeper water where they have been caught on soft plastic lures as well as a variety of natural baits being very effective.
Shallow Inlet: The great fishing continues in this popular area, which shows up as not, much more than a splash on the maps.
Being called “Shallow Inlet” is a bit of a misnomer as the water goes down to the 15 metre mark and holds a great variety of fish such as big flathead, snapper to the 4kg mark, gummy sharks, and mullet to name a few in the summer season.
In winter the so called “winter fish” such as salmon to the 4kg mark and very good size silvers usually turn up and as a result the area is productive virtually all year round.
It is also one of those places that can be fished when there is that dreaded east wind blowing where there is protection from the sheltering tall trees.
Of course when there is a gale, regardless from which direction then the boats stay at home which is the case everywhere.
At the time of this report there are very good reports of flathead being bagged on both sides of the tides where they are up to the 2kg mark as well as snapper, and for those who like them, very good size mullet.
Port Albert: Rob Killury who runs the general store says the fishing is going along very well.
He says outside the entrance there are good numbers of hammerhead and bronze whaler sharks being bagged.
Inside the inlet he says is at its best for years with very good size whiting being caught on baits such as pipis, Bass yabbies, squid and cockles.
As well as the royals there are species such as mullet, silvers, salmon and plenty of eels that are taking just about any presentation.
The jetties have been firing very well where good size whiting are being caught in impressive numbers along with mullet, silvers, garfish and eels.
As long as the great conditions prevail there is every reason the great fishing will continue.
McLoughlins Beach: This popular destination is at the far eastern end of the lakes system where there is a very good boat ramp.
For those not familiar with this area, like many others the conditions can change virtually without notice so care must be taken.
Having said that there have been very good reports of whiting to the 50cm mark being taken which puts them well into the 1kg mark as well as quality gummy and snapper to the magical 10kg mark.
Although, at the time of this report there has not been any news as far as king fish being caught but they are around and of course when hooked up, a great battle will follow.
Lakes Entrance: Local jetties are producing mullet, bream and trevally on sandworm and peeled prawn.
Luderick are around rocks in North Arm.
King George whiting are being caught in weed beds around Fraser Island, using fresh peeled prawn.
Offshore, Gummies are on the go.
Lake Tyers: Good size bream and flathead are biting in Black fellow’s Arm and through the lake.
Peeled prawn and soft plastics are picking up fish.
Some pinkies and tailor have been taken around the channel markers.
Mitchell River: Bream are active around Shadoof Lodge with sandworm, prawn and crab taking fish.
Estuary perch are striking hard-bodied diving lures at the highway bridge.
Tambo River: Howletts Flat has bream being landed on prawn and sandworm.
Nicholson: The cliff and car bodies are the best areas for Bream. Try shrimp and peeled prawn.
Metung: Bancroft Bay is still good for King George whiting, using pipi and mussel.
Shaving Point has some bream and trevally chasing hard-bodied lures.
Paynesville: Trolled metal lures are picking up tailor.
The jetties have bream and luderick, with prawn and sandworm being best bait.
Hollands Landing: Bream and flathead are prevalent around Jones Bay. Whitebait and prawn seem to be the best of the baits.
Marlo: The fishing platforms on both rivers are producing estuary perch, bream and flathead. Best bait is prawn and sandworm.
The rock groynes have luderick in fairly good numbers.
Offshore, gummies and flathead are pouncing on squid and hard bodied lures.
Bemm River: Anglers are enjoying some good fishing with large tailor and trevally in the channel.
The lake has bream biting on local prawn and sandworm.
The surf has salmon taking pilchard and poppers.
Tamboon Inlet: Flathead and bream are cruising around the camp site area.
Best bait is prawn and soft plastics.
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
THE best reports came from the boats but land based didn’t completely miss out – probably more to do with many more fishing.
It is long overdue but we finally some land based reports of pinkies from the Newhaven Jetty, mostly from the early mornings.
There are regular reports of calamari being caught from the jetty as well now on a mixture of baited and artificial jigs.
If you are winding in your line with or without a fish keep an eye on it because many people have seen the calamari following up their baits, so it will pay to have a jig ready to go.
The other reports from Newhaven has been of mullet the odd trevally and salmon and some have said there were a few garfish jumping in the water.
San Remo Jetty was a bit quiet towards the later part of the week I think due to the amount of swimmers and boat traffic more than anything else.
There were still a few calamari being caught but only from early morning.
Plenty of reports of wrasse from the kids and a couple of whiting and salmon from the adults.
Cowes as usual has had a mixed bag of reports and there have been some good whiting and calamari from the beaches at Ventnor caught in the evening.
There were some good mixed bags from the low tide areas at Sunderland Bay and Smiths and while there wasn’t a lot of each fish several people told me they managed to catch a couple of keepers to take home.
Wrasse make up the largest number of fish caught but there were also some better table fish with whiting, pinkies and flathead also reported.
Salmon from the surf were also good this week but like most of the other reports with more people fishing there will naturally be more fish being caught.
Salmon were caught from Kilcunda’s Cemetery Beach on either the Powlett side or the Kilcunda side where plenty have been caught over the last Christmas period.
Bait has been the method of choice for most but those who reported the most numbers were those who persisted with lures as they were able to not only able to cover a lot more of the beach but when a school went through much quicker than re baiting etc.
Boating: While we saw the odd 5kg snapper most were around 1kg to 2kg with plenty of undersized ones amongst them, Elizabeth Island the best for the bigger ones with a mixture of daylight and change of tide the best.
The Corals produced plenty of nursery fish and to add to the undersize pinkies was plenty of undersize flathead and gummies.
The calamari in the boats started off the week as they have been all season but as traffic increased they slowed a bit and became very timid.
Those who fished very early at either Cleeland Bight or Ventnor said they managed a good feed while not bagging out but saw three times as many as they caught that wouldn’t take the jig.
The better spot later in the week was around Reef Island and that top end of the bay where it has been a bit quieter.
Jig colour has been all over the place and while white was the flavour of the month before Christmas, we had reports on most colours in the rainbow.
There were just as many methods for using the jigs but because of the very strong currents we have had lately one thing in common was the size of the jig with the 3 or 3.5 especially in the deep variety.
Whiting numbers have started to increase considerably especially in Cleeland Bight where the tide has been perfect for that daylight session.
During the day it became a bit harder in Cleeland Bight as it is a popular spot for jet skis and other water activities.
Dickies Bay area was better as the sun came up or later into the evening but with a bit of hard work and plenty of moves.
Other good spots were on the Tortoise Head banks and Cowes/Ventnor area and although the early morning was best we did get several reports from during the day as well.
There were also some good numbers from the mud bank from Rhyll to the Newhaven channel on the start of the run in tide with several pinkies caught amongst the whiting as well as a few rock flathead.
Other reports in the bay were of plenty of mullet, pike and bait fish but more promising was the reports of garfish around Maggie Shoal on the start of the run in tide.
Most of the gummies we had reported were small and most undersize but the occasional size one was caught, 5kg the best.
Offshore the flathead numbers continued with many of them tigers, 30m to 45m the best and slightly east of the entrance.
There are plenty of silver whiting in closer and some more very good gummies towards Cape Paterson.
Arrow squid have made a bit of a return to what they were a month or so ago but are still deep down in the bottom 10m of water.
It seems the couta are also after the arrow squid and a lot of people have told me that they are hooking them on the bottom which creates a bit of uncertainty with what you have as a couta a couple of kilogram will put up a fight like a pinkie or big flathead.
At this stage I think its kings 10 anglers 2 with a few people starting to chase them, hooking up on a few but not landing them.
There are plenty of stories from divers chasing crays seeing some schools of kings with some quality amongst them, all we need now is the weather on our side.
Don’t forget Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo is open at 6am every day through January and have plenty of frozen berley blocks and pilchards for cubing if you are heading offshore chasing something a bit bigger.