By King George
EVEN though we had a funny sort of weekend, the wind kept away and as a result there were plenty of boaters and land-based anglers out on the water trying their luck.
Inverloch: Through the week there was plenty of activity on the water even though at times there were threatening rain clouds but the wind kept away which was the good news.
There was however very little activity outside the entrance and no doubt boaters decided not to take a chance.
Inside the entrance boaters were doing reasonably well even though some got wet but that was a minor problem.
Land-based angers were trying their luck at Pensioners Corner where there were reasonable numbers of silvers and flathead making up most bags.
The fish were caught mainly at low water on both sides of the tides.
Baits such as Bass yabbies, pilchard strips, whitebait and pipis were among the best of the baits.
There was little activity on the jetty as no doubt the rain proved a bit too much but boaters didn’t mind it so much as the wind kept away.
Stevies Gutter was productive according to reports and Jamie McIntyre, a visitor from Morwell decided to try out his kayak in the area looking for whatever might come along.
He had a variety of baits and decided to try the area at low water on the run off tide and managed a mixed bag of perch he said were to the 32cm mark as well as a couple of good size flathead and whiting.
He decided that he had enough fish as he also noticed a nasty looking cloud and decided to head back to the boat ramp at Mahers Landing.
As is turned out he said that there was nothing much to worry about as there was just a bit of rain and no wind but it was a wise move not to take the risk.
At Mahers Landing there had been quite a few boats trying their luck and having varying degrees of success.
There were quite a few anglers fishing from the shore line near the A Frame house where it appears there were a few reasonable size flathead, silvers and some salmon caught on baits such as pipis, squid and whitebait.
Further up the inlet as far as the double islands there was a variety of fish caught at low water being coutta, salmon, flathead and silvers.
Tarwin River: Over the weekend there were quite a few land-based anglers wetting a line from the fishing platforms and having varying degrees of success.
The best results have been on the run off tide where silvers, mullet, perch and a few flathead have been making up most bags.
Boaters have also been fairly happy with their results but there have been a few who have been caught at low water where they have been launching or retrieving at very low tide.
This is where they have been caught in that soft awful black mud, which can make things very difficult and best used when there is a bit of water to work with.
There have been quite reasonable size perch being caught near the highway bridge by land-based anglers as well as boaters who like to travel a fair way upstream.
This can be very productive but make sure you don’t come back on a very high tide as there will be limited space between water and bridge which can mean a long wait before the water is low enough to navigate.
At the entrance is the area known as the rock wall which is a man-made construction and this is where there have been good numbers of perch, silvers, mullet and big eels to be caught on the usual natural baits.
Soft plastic lures have been doing the job as far as perch have been concerned.
Venus Bay: The five beaches have been very productive as far as land-based anglers are concerned.
This is where there have been salmon to the 2kg mark being bagged on a variety of baits such as pilchards, white bait and salted pipis.
The reason salted pipis are preferred is because they will stay on the hook longer and not fall of as the others will.
The best time to try your luck is on the run in tide and results are even better if this occurs around evening running into darkness as the fish will move in closer to shore under the cover of darkness.
As well as salmon there have been a sprinkling of flathead and the occasional gummy shark.
Shallow Inlet: Karen Starrett and husband Andrew run the local caravan park and say whiting have been very good and has been for quite some time.
There have been reports of ripper fish being to the 50cm mark, caught on Bass yabbies, pilchard strips, pipis and cockles.
Very good size silvers have also been making up impressive bags along with quality flathead.
Gummy sharks have also been bagged in the deeper water-which goes down to the 15 metres mark.
For those not familiar, Shallow Inlet is one of those areas where that awful east wind doesn’t have such a dramatic effect on fishing.
That is of course unless it is a howler when all bets are off and there is no fishing at all.
There was a report from Waratah Bay where a 17kg king fish was bagged but no further particulars were available. Hopefully there will be more information next week.
Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that over the past week there have been good numbers of quality gummies being bagged along with pinkies to the 2kg mark and flathead.
The Lewis Channel has also been productive with good size whiting being to the 37cm mark caught on pipis, squid strips and Bass yabbies.
The run off tide seems to have been the best time to try your luck and with the good conditions there is no reason why the good fishing will not continue.
The jetties have been fairly consistent with the run in tide being the best time to see what is around.
Silvers, mullet, flathead, squid and a few whiting have been caught on the usual baits which include Bass yabbies, silvers, squid and sand worms.
Port Albert: The good fish seems to go on and on with the jetties being very productive with silvers, mullet, flathead, garfish and plenty of big eels making up most bags.
Of course the thing about the jetty is that just about anything can and will come along and if gear is unattended it can quickly be dragged off the woodwork and into the murky depths never to be seen again.
Lakes Entrance: Schools of trevally have been moving about from the Footbridge to Fraser Island. Peeled prawn is best bait.
Good size bream have been caught around the Fuel Jetty in North Arm with gars higher up the Arm. Pipi and prawn are getting fish.
The Channels have king George whiting plus a few tailor and flathead.
Lake Tyers: Flathead are still abundant in the shallows in the main lake. Soft plastics and local prawn are picking up fish.
Bream are active in Blackfellows Arm and around the Glasshouse.
Trevally and tailor are biting after sunset, between No 2 Jetty and the beach.
Mitchell River: Bream are cruising between Shadoof Lodge and the Barrier. Prawn and spider crab are best bait.
Estuary perch are around the Highway Bridge after sunset. Try hard bodied lures. Some gars are around the mouth and at Wattle Point.
Tambo River: Marshalls Flat has bream taking peeled prawn.
Nicholson: Bream are between the Poplars and Cliffs. Prawn and sandworm are producing fish.
Metung: Some King George whiting have been landed at Shaving Point on pipi.
Bancroft Bay is good for salmon, bream and flathead.
Paynesville: Bream are biting off the Jetties in Newlands Arm on sandworm and live prawn.
Some tailor are in the Lake, with gummies off Ocean Grange.
Hollands Landing: Flathead and bream have been caught at Seacombe Landing, using prawn and sandworm.
Marlo: The Estuary has plenty of mullet, estuary perch, bream and flathead in the shallows, chasing prawns.
Luderick are at the Rock Groynes.
The surf has salmon and tailor striking silver lures and pilchard.
Bemm River: The channel has trevally and tailor in good numbers. Hard bodied lures and local prawn are picking up fish.
Flathead and bream can be had in the lake.
Tamboon: The area known as The Rocks is the best spot for bream and flathead on prawn and soft plastics.
Mallacoota: The Bottom Lake has flathead biting on live poddy mullet at sunrise. The Top Lake has bream taking prawn.
Luderick are still at the Wharf, with estuary perch in the river above the lake.
The surf has large salmon on the go using poppers and pilchards.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on firstname.lastname@example.org or 5672 3464. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
JANUARY has gone already and hopefully so will the inconsistent weather.
The weather started off perfect for the holiday season and so did the fishing but both soon turned off like a tap.
Apart from not being able to get out to fish the week or so, the east-south-east winds seemed to turn the fish off for a couple of weeks.
Things have improved a little this week and we should now see some calmer autumn weather during February and into March which will mean plenty of opportunities to head offshore chasing kingfish, flathead, Makos and with any luck maybe the stripey tuna will come back.
There have been a lot of people fishing from the jetties but it has been tough and while it seems the snapper have just by-passed the jetties this year we should start to see some elephant fish and gummies being caught from those putting in the night sessions.
In the bay the whiting were very patchy early in the month but have improved and are now decent in size and length.
There still isn’t a lot of consistency to the reports when it comes to quantity with some almost bagging out while others only managing six or so but more consistency this week in regard to best times.
Early morning or the low tide change was the best with the best spots Cleeland Bight, the top end around Dickies Bay and Reef Island.
We didn’t get a lot of reports into the evening this week but that might have more to do with the weather bringing afternoon sea breezes.
There are still plenty of toadies and leatherjackets but perseverance will pay off.
Garfish are now showing up in the same area with the last of the run out tide the best and peeled prawn pieces the best of the baits.
Larger snapper are all but gone with only the odd one being caught from around Corinella, Lang Lang areas.
There are plenty of pinkies on The Corals but you will go through a bit of bait to find size ones.
Some of the better pinkies this week have come from the western channel near Cowes however even 40cm ones are uncommon and most closer to 34cm.
Gummies have been far better offshore this season so far but we did see some reasonable size ones in the bay over the full moon and a couple from the beaches.
Offshore all the gummies seem to be 8kg or better and if you have caught a few gummies you will know the ones caught offshore are a whole lot better to eat as they seem to have a lot less ammonia smell.
Offshore the gummies have come from around 40m of water with large baits on a running sinker dropped to the bottom.
There have been some very good reports of kingfish from those diving especially around Pyramid Rock and a couple of very respectable ones have been caught by those under the water.
Those above the water haven’t had as much luck with bigger ones with just size ones landed.
Several people however have reported them schooling at the back of the boat while they are drifting with some bigger ones amongst them but they are a fish that will frustrate you and while you can see them doesn’t mean you will catch them.
Pyramid Rock, Pinnacles and Cole Point the best spots with live bait, stick baits and x-rap 20s the best lures.
There was limited time to drift for makos this week with a very sloppy swell most of the week but good customers Aaron and Damien went for a drift on Saturday and not long into it they hooked up on what turned out to be a very large mako.
After six hours and traveling several kilometres along the coast the trace wore through and the shark swam away.
They got several very good looks at it and estimated it to be over three metres long.
After talking to Aaron I would suggest he wasn’t going to be doing a whole lot of physical work on Sunday either.
Flathead also have been good on the days with less swell but tough when there is a bit of swell as you just can’t get baits to the bottom.
There is a good mixture of tiger and sand flathead and the sizes have been good as well.
The problem still is the schools aren’t that big and a bit of drifting over and over small patches is needed to get a decent bag.
You will alsi find plenty of silver whiting if you head in a bit closer and downsize your hooks and baits.
If it wasn’t for the calamari there wouldn’t be too many fishing from the jetties with one of the poorest Januarys, we have seen.
Everybody has a theory but I think it’s as simple as the fish weren’t there when people were fishing.
We did get the odd report of pinkies and trevally from Newhaven Jetty, some respectable whiting and flathead from the beach at Ventnor.
With enough people fishing someone always seems to catch a salmon or two from the beaches at Woolamai and Kilcunda.
Calamari by far have been the best of the land based catches and when we had a tide change and light change during the month it wasn’t a surprise to hear 60 plus were taken from the San Remo Jetty.