By King George
THE settled week as far as fishing was concerned saw plenty of boats out on the water and most were returning with good bags of to show for their efforts.
Through the week there was a report of a Wonthaggi local and a couple of mates who decided to see if they could catch something big.
They did fairly well and had some very nice size gummies, which was pleasing.
The something big did strike and the battle was on in earnest.
This was a big fish alright and as the battle raged on for six hours they decided to call for help.
As assistance arrived the big fellow suddenly broke free and there was that awful empty feeling of putting in so much work for zero reward.
The stainless steel lead apparently was worn through, whatever it was that was hooked will go on to swim and fight another day.
The big fish, apparently a mako had the last laugh but no doubt the crew will be out again in the same area, but hopefully with a different story to tell.
Surf: Local Wonthaggi legend Filly Asa Leausa can often be seen trying his luck on the local beaches and through the week decided to wet a line at Williamsons Beach on the run in tide.
He didn’t have to wait long as he quickly bagged some very nice salmon that were around the 2kg mark and caught on whitebait.
No doubt he will be back again at the first opportunity.
There has been quite a few other reports of salmon being caught off the local beaches and no doubt this will continue but there can be times when nothing happens. However, when the action starts there are plenty of fish to go around.
Inverloch: As we all know, Anderson Inlet can be a pretty tricky stretch of water with the ever-moving sand bars.
Take for instance when a couple of boaters decided to try their luck on what appears to have been on the run out tide at an undisclosed location.
As usual the sand bars quickly seem to appear and in no time they were left high and dry and all they could do was wait until the incoming tide again re-floated their boat which is what happened.
One of the crew decided to take a movie shot of the predicament and the skipper decided that it would be a good time to have an unscheduled lunch, sitting outside the boat and making the best of an unplanned stop.
There was no damage apart from red faces but a good lesson was learnt.
It is not known if they caught any fish but they did learn something and from now on they won’t take their eyes off the run off tide.
One crew also bagged four very good size gummies that were caught up near the Double Islands.
Outside the entrance there have been very good numbers of quality whiting being caught to the 45cm mark by boaters who know where to go.
Bass yabbies and pipis have been the best of the baits but as we all know, fish can change their preferences without notice.
Out wider there have been good numbers of gummies being caught as well as flathead.
There have been reports of whiting being caught in pleasing numbers.
Although not huge the fish have been to the 35cm mark and well worthwhile going after.
Quality flathead, silvers, mullet and coutta are also being caught and if the warm conditions, no doubt the good fishing will continue.
Shallow Inlet: Through the week there were patches of good conditions and then windy patches would make life difficult.
The whiting continue to be around in good numbers where they have been to the 45cm mark as well as silvers, flathead and mullet.
The fish have been caught on both sides of the tide and should stick around for quite some time yet.
Corner Inlet: Murray Mac Donald who runs the Foster tackle shop says that on the top end of the inlet there been schools of snapper to five pounds on the old scale being caught and they have also been seen jumping out of the shallow water.
Port Welshpool: Through the week there were plenty of king fish being caught on a variety of baits and lures.
Although they can grow to 2.5 metres in length and reach around the 70kg mark, around Port Welshpool they are not much better than 85cm but still worth going after.
Out wide there have been makos being caught as well as gummies making the effort worthwhile.
The Lewis Channel has been productive with quality whiting being caught on pipis, Bass yabbies and sand worms.
Lakes Entrance: Prawns are running and attracting schools of fish.
The Post Office Jetty has mullet, trevally and King George whiting biting on pipi, prawn and sandworm.
Plenty of tailor and trevally are in the Channels around Fraser Island.
Eastern Beach has salmon to 3kg, using metal lures and blue bait.
Lake Tyers: Anglers have been bagging out on tailor and bream in the main lake, on local prawn and silver lures.
Flathead are still active in the shallows at dawn.
Tambo River: The mouth of the river has been the best spot for bream, using peeled prawn and sandworm.
Nicholson: The car bodies area is producing bream on prawn and pipi.
Metung: The Boardwalk is fishing well with King George whiting and flathead to 40cm being caught. Try prawn and mussel.
Paynesville: Plenty of bream are being caught off the wharf using sandworm.
Tailor and flathead are cruising around Newlands and Duck Arm.
Local prawn which are running have been best bait, with plastics also taking fish.
Hollands Landing: Fishing has been slow, but patient anglers have landed bream and flathead in McLennan Strait.
Marlo: The Snowy River is producing fish from the Highway Bridge to French’s Narrows.
Bream, luderick, mullet and the odd estuary perch have been taken, using local prawn and sandworm.
The estuary has good size flathead biting on soft plastics, in the shallows.
The surf has tailor and salmon.
Bemm River: The lake is good for flathead and bream on soft plastics and peeled prawn.
The channel has abundant tailor and trevally striking lures and bait.
Tamboon: Mud point has flathead in the shallows chasing soft plastics and diving minnows.
Mallacoota: Large flathead are being caught in The Narrows on live poddies.
A few estuary perch are biting around Genoa, with bream in both lakes.
The Wharf has luderick, trevally and bream, taking yabbies and prawn.
Offshore king fish and gummies are partial to fish fillets and squid.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on 5672 3474 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
THE summer wind pattern is continuing with some near perfect mornings and a moderate afternoon sea breeze and we can only hope the temperature stays up a bit and continues right through to Easter.
The wind and sun still haven’t been 100 per cent perfect for getting in close to chase the kingfish but plenty good enough for a trip out on the flathead or a drift for a shark.
Sadly, though despite the fine days the bay has been slow and while a feed is possible its hard work.
If you are confident and your boat is capable, offshore is the place to head this time of the year with many species possible – gummies, salmon, pinkies, squid, flathead, school whiting, couta, whiting and for the more adventurous fish like makos, kingfish and if there are stripey tuna now is when they will be around.
There are also plenty of other species, some keepers some not depending if you eat them or not, seven gill sharks, gurnard, wrasse, cuttlefish, draughtboard sharks, perch, sweep and there will be plenty I have forgotten.
That is what makes fishing offshore far more interesting because you just don’t know what you will come home with.
While there are plenty more species to catch offshore you can have just as many zero days as you can in the bay or off the land – the main difference is offshore fishing costs more and risk can be greater.
There is no real handbook for how to fish offshore or how to handle a boat offshore.
The fishing part I can help with but the best advice I can give for boating is be sure to have all your safety gear, understand the wind and swell, and despite who is with you in the boat you have the last say and if you think it is unsafe or you are unsure head in or just don’t go.
For the first time out try to pick a day that conditions are good and even pick a day someone you know is heading out and follow them.
Many people run into trouble offshore because they treat it like they are still in the bay.
On a choppy day you might be able to do 20 knots and bounce through the top of the waves when you add swell it’s all different and you will tend to nose dive into a wall of water instead.
If it means you can only do 8 knots because of the conditions that’s what you should do, all it’s going to do is take longer.
The other challenge offshore can throw at you is sea sickness.
While you might not be affected in the bay once you get into the swell, and it doesn’t need to be big, things can change dramatically.
Once you are feeling sick it is generally too late.
If you are unsure take something before you go out, keep your head up and drink plenty of water.
If you are someone that enjoys fishing but nothing works and you just can’t go offshore without getting seasick, go and see your doctor because they can prescribe something stronger than you can get over the counter and you will be back on the water in no time.
Only one mako that we heard off this week and it came from out off Cody Banks on Saturday afternoon estimated at around 30kg.
More quality gummies from the same spot during the week and plenty of flathead also.
There have been some very big schools of salmon off the Cape towards Pyramid Rock and we saw plenty of pictures that were over 2kg.
Unfortunately, not many dragged deeper diving lures under the school to look for kings.
Those who did drag a deeper diving lure under the salmon got hit very hard and finished up losing the lure to something much bigger.
I would suggest if you are going to try this gear up because this is where the bigger kings will be hiding and being closer to the bottom you will need to pull them up as quick as you can.
I have had reports of kingfish sighted in many depths of water and almost every time they were with salmon or schools of slimmeys.
There was only a handful caught that I know of with one customer dropping lures into the water just past the red light to trawl along the coast.
He had one big hit he said towards the Cape which after a short fight pulled the hooks – by this time though he already had two just size ones in the boat.
He went back over the same area but found nothing else.
Plenty of flathead if you stop on the right spot and nothing if you miss the spot; the problem is of course finding the right spot.
The 30m to 40m line seems to be the best area but one day they are east then next they are west.
It wasn’t uncommon for customers to report a bag of 20 or more and all over 32cm with a good mixture of tiger flathead amongst them.
From those who had jigs down, arrow squid came from most areas and depths and even a couple of cuttlefish.
Several reports of calamari came in from the boats but the numbers were down a bit and very few managed double figures.
Drifting in Cleeland Bight the best but several from those in the top end around Reef Island as well.
Land based was patchy and we had very few reports from the beaches with the San Remo Jetty the best by far even though it was down as well.
Change of light seemed to make little difference and change of tide regardless of when it was had more of an effect.