By King George
APART part from a bit of wind that made things uncomfortable on the water, generally speaking conditions were good.
As a result there were numerous positive reports, which should continue as long as mother nature allows.
Rob Cartledge decided to try his luck looking for a mako or whatever might come along.
As it turned out he managed a mixed bag which included salmon, whiting, squid and flathead.
He hooked into something big and after a long battle brought to the boat what looked to be a mako but turned out to be a white pointer, which of course was released.
Generally speaking the fishing community will do the right thing and dispose of their rubbish properly.
There was an exception recently however when a group of visitors was in the process of leaving a popular surf fishing beach, leaving behind a pile of rubbish.
There was a local who saw this and challenged the party who seem to think that it was all right to leave it for someone else to clean up.
The local was having none of this and demanded they take their mess with them.
Not to be intimidated, he stood his ground and continued his demand. He wasn’t going to back down.
Finally the visitors relented and decided that maybe it would be a good idea to avoid confrontation and did in fact take their rubbish with them.
The local, known to King George would rather not be identified which is fair enough but should be congratulated any way.
Surf: There have been positive reports as far as this form of fishing is concerned.
Salmon to the 2kg mark are being caught in fairly good numbers on Williamsons Beach down to Kilcunda.
Although very popular with surf fishers, Williamsons Beach can be very dangerous with rips a constant danger.
Sadly we had a tragedy with the death of a person and our sympathies are extended to her family and loved ones.
This can also be a timely warning to other uses of this stretch of water where there are warning signs of the ever-present dangers.
Inverloch: The good whiting fishing continues both inside and outside the entrance.
Outside there have been good numbers of whiting with locals having an advantage as there can be a small window of opportunity as far as marks are concerned.
Having said that the royals have been to the 45cm mark and better and are taking baits such as Bass yabbies, squid and pipis, mixed in with them have been very good size garfish, flathead and salmon.
Further out wide there have been quality gummies, flathead and a sprinkling of makos making an appearance.
Andrew Harding and a crew decided to try their luck outside and finished up just outside the breakers at Venus Bay.
He has a GPS mark that always seems to produce fish and this was no exception.
In fairly short time they had a very impressive bag of flathead and one 3kg pinkie that were all caught on whitebait.
He said that there were quite a few other boats in the nearby vicinity and they all appeared to be having a great time.
Further up towards Mahers Landing there have been reports of good fishing in the vicinity of Stevies Gutter.
Perch have been caught mainly on the run off tide as well as whiting and a few flathead.
Just outside the gutter there always seem to be reasonable size whiting as well as those mini flathead that never seem to grow.
Even if they were legal size, in the opinion of many they are still too small and they believe the minimum size should be reviewed.
Land-based anglers have been doing fairly well on the run in tide.
The results are better still if this coincides with darkness, as this is when the fish will mover close into shore under the cover of darkness.
Port Welshpool: The good fishing continues according to information from the Boat Storage.
There have been good numbers of king fish being bagged on various lures and natural baits.
Emmanuel Askew managed to bag a king fish that put up a great fight before bringing it aboard.
This is when they go crazy and there is a better than even chance of them making good their escape.
There is a feeling among experienced fishers that there will be an extended season in this area.
There have been reports of very good numbers of big gummies and flathead being bagged.
Many boaters have been catching more than the legal limit and throwing back what is not permitted.
As a result of this it seems that the lack of whiting report is not because of the numbers, the reason seems to be that the emphasis is on the bigger fish and not the quality of whiting. What a luxury!
The good fishing continues from the local jetties where the best results have been on the run in tide at the eastern end of the structure.
There has been a good variety of fish including mullet, silvers, flathead, squid and the occasional whiting.
Lakes Entrance: The Footbridge and jetties are producing trevally, mullet and the odd King George whiting. Local prawn and sandworm is best bait.
Reeve and Rigby Channel have plenty of salmon and trevally, taking pilchard and prawn.
Eastern Beach and Lake Bunga have good size salmon.
Lake Tyers: Large flathead have been landed around the “Glasshouse” and Trident Arm, using soft plastics and peeled prawn.
Bream are biting in Blackfellows Arm on prawn and sandworm.
Tailor are still active around No 2 Jetty.
Mitchell River: Bream are bountiful around Two Bells near the river mouth. Prawn and spider crab have been successful presentations.
Some estuary perch have been landed around the Highway Bridge, on deep diving lures.
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
THIS week when people have asked the most common question ‘how’s the fishing’, the answer has been easy – tough.
It has been another strange week of reports with enough fish captured to suggest that there are plenty of fish there but then from those you would expect to be catching fish zero reports, and not because they don’t want to tell they aren’t actually catching anything.
There are a lot of visitors to the area this time of the year, many not knowing anything about where or how to fish but they are the ones at the ramp with an Esky full of fish.
One local told me he had been traveling round in circles all over the bay for a few weeks and while he has been getting a feed it was hard work.
He decided lately to try and be more specific with his fishing times and fished three days in a row when the tide change coincided with daylight change, travelled no more than five minutes from the Newhaven boat ramp and bagged out on whiting on two of the three days.
This time of the year I think you either need to be fishing just because you don’t want to mow the lawn and any time will do or target areas, tides and times of the day to increase your chances.
If you are going to target times I think you need to also put your efforts into targeting species as well and make sure you are doing everything possible to increase your chances: Quality berley and baits suited for that species; Rigs better suited to where you are fishing not just the last one that was on the rod, whiting for example in shallow water on a slow tide the smallest ball type sinker as possible on a running sinker rig then in deeper water or a faster running tide a heavier sinker on a paternoster rig seems to be the favoured way to go.
Baits can just come down to personal choice providing they are presented correctly but berley is something people often get wrong.
Pilchard is a good example of a berley that can be used for almost all fishing but must be used in different ways.
For whiting it can be minced, crushed and used fresh or frozen in a berley cage hanging off the back of the boat so it creates a small but constant trail.
For snapper and gummies, pilchard cube trail works better and if you are fishing for sharks, pilchards minced and mixed with other fish then frozen into blocks will give a good oily trail and you can also cube them to add to the trail as well.
Anchoring is something that many don’t spend enough time doing with the normal to sound up fish then drop the anchor only to drift 30m back while the rope takes up, the problem is of course it’s also 30m behind where the fish are feeding.
The same when fishing for whiting or calamari and needing to anchor on a weed or sand patch you need to go forward of where you want to be to drift back on top of when the anchor rope takes up.
Another one we here often is “we caught no whiting today the boat was swinging all over the place” have a look in the boats of those who are very successful whiting fishermen especially and you will often see one or maybe two smaller anchors that they will use to hold their boat in the one spot into the tide or wind.
Generally being successful doesn’t just happen because you see it on TV or read it in a book it is often the result of a bit of effort and a lot of homework.
From the reports it changed daily as to where the best spot was for whiting and not very often was it good in the same spot two days in a row.
The whiting was better above the bridge in Dickies Bay/Bass River areas for most of the week especially afternoons but there was the odd day that Cleeland Bight produced on the tide change.
Several garfish were also caught in the same area but a bit smaller than we saw the week before.
Pinkies continue for the most part to be small but there was a school of them swim past the Newhaven Jetty during the week and those that were there didn’t manage to bag out but most got a feed of reasonable size fish.
The boats didn’t produce too many over 36cm and the best spot was in Cleeland Bight mostly caught by those fishing for whiting in the shallower areas.
There were a few from offshore but not the size or number you would normally expect to find with a lot of undersized ones out there as well.
Calamari probably the most consistent of all from both boat and land but still patchy and as many missed out as caught.
The jetty at San Remo was good one evening but the next day the tide change in the afternoon was the best and it was a similar story in the boat with one day better drifting the next better anchoring.
The ones successful during the week didn’t do a lot different than anyone else, just simply put more time into fishing for them.
We did get several reports during the week from people fishing all around the bay that were just dropping a squid jig over the side or under a float while fishing for something else and to their surprise caught a couple with very little effort.
There were a couple of opportunities to get off shore this week and with some work you will get a feed of flathead but the trick at the moment seems to be don’t spent a lot of time on the one patch of water.
If you are just looking for flathead a couple of short drifts in different water depths 30m to 50m and if nothing move a kilometre or so east or west and try again.
If you do find them, you can get a bag full reasonably quickly so five hours of searching for nothing could very quickly turn into one hour of bagging out.
The best reports this week came from west of the cape.
Several couta and arrow squid were caught but only by those who know to fish for them on the bottom.