By King George
THE good fishing continues and this should continue for some time yet.
The bad news is that we will eventually run into the cold winter conditions when things will slow down but that is something that we have to cope with in this part of the world.
Last Saturday the Wonthaggi Angling Club participated in a competition against the Rhyll Angling Club.
There was a maximum limit of two fish per person and with 28 Wonthaggi members participating won the day with a total weight of 5.805kg while the Rhyll Club weighed in fish to the weight of 4.525 kg.
The rules allowed for the 10 heaviest fish from each club to be weighed in.
There was a shield made by Ian Kent and this was presented to Wonthaggi President Stephen Howell who thanked all those who attended.
He also thanked Rhyll Club President Daniel McCausland for making his club’s wonderful facilities available and participating in the competition, which made the day such a success.
He said he has no doubt that this will become an annual event and will make for even greater relations between the two clubs.
Presidents Steve and Daniel also thanked Scott Huther of Phillip Marine for their kind sponsorship of the competition.
There was also a special thanks for the wonderful ladies who did such a great job with the catering.
President Daniel said that they toiled for over five hours to present an excellent spread that was very much appreciated by everyone present.
Surf: There have been positive reports from beaches such, as Williamsons Beach where salmon as usual making up most bags which is normally the case.
The torpedo fish have been up to the 2kg mark and usually at this time of year they seem to increase in numbers.
Whitebait, salted pipis and pilchards seem to be the best of the presentations and mixed in with the torpedo for has been a sprinkling of flathead, Tommy roughs and mullet.
Visiting angler Gordon Henderson and a mate travelled down from Dandenong to try their luck at Kilcunda and managed a nice bag of salmon that were all around the 1kg mark that were all caught on whitebait on the run in tide.
As soon as the water began to recede the action ceased but that already had enough fish to call it a day and will return at the next opportunity.
Inverloch: Positive reports continue both inside and outside the entrance, which is good news.
Inside at Mahers Landing there have been fish such as flathead, silvers, mullet and for those who know where to look, perch that have been taking a variety of baits such as pipis, sand worms, squid and mussels among the successful presentations.
Tide does not seems to matter, the only thing to remember that up around the Double Islands area the run out flow can pose a problem if boaters are not careful.
This is where there can be very little water-which can leave boats stranded which will mean they will probably have to wait for the run in tide to come to the rescue.
Shallow Inlet: There have not been any reports from this part of the world but no doubt there will still be plenty of whiting to be caught where they have been in good numbers to the 45cm mark.
This makes them worthwhile going after.
There have been quality flathead as well as gummies and salmon being caught on a variety of baits.
For the benefit of those not familiar with the area, there is not a constructed boat ramp but the sand is firm enough but be careful, as there are soft patches.
If you are not sure then seek local advice to avoid embarrassment.
Port Welshpool: Over the weekend there were positive reports of quite a few king fish being caught by boaters.
The fish were not all that big but even so, they were well worth the effort and their fighting qualities always ensure that they give a good account of themselves.
Quite a few gummies were also caught with best results being outside the entrance.
Baits such as squid, pilchards and fresh fish fillets have been among the successful presentations.
Reasonable numbers of snapper are also being caught and in the Lewis Channel, whiting to the 38cm mark have been caught with Bass yabbies and pipis the best of the baits.
The jetties are still worth a visit with good numbers of assorted fish such as silvers, flathead, mullet and squid being caught with best results being on the run in tide.
Port Albert: The good fishing continues with quality whiting being caught in good numbers inside the entrance along with flathead, gummies and salmon making up most bags.
The local jetties have also been productive with silvers, mullet, eels and whiting making a visit worth the effort.
The best time has been on the run in tide as usual and no doubt that while the conditions remain favourable the fish will be cooperative.
Lakes Entrance: King George whiting and yellowtail kingfish have been landed around Nungurner on pipi and local prawn.
The Channels around Fraser Island are producing salmon, King George whiting and some large leatherjacket.
The town jetties are good for trevally and the odd luderick.
Lake Tyers: Plenty of large tailor are active from No 2 Jetty to the beach. Metal lures and peeled prawn are taking fish.
Flathead are biting after 5pm around the channel markers, using soft plastics and prawn.
Bream have been caught from Trident to Camerons Arm on peeled prawn.
Mitchell River: Fishing between Shadoof Lodge and The Bluff has resulted in good catches of bream. Spider crab and prawn accounted for most fish.
The Highway Bridge has estuary perch striking hard-bodied green lures.
Tambo: Bream fishing is still good between Reynolds Road and the mouth. Prawn and sandworm are catching fish.
Metung: The town jetties are producing King George whiting and bream, using pipi, prawn and soft plastics.
Nicholson: Anglers are taking bream from the jetty platform to the Railway Bridge. Local prawn is best bait.
Paynesville: Schools of bream have been under town jetties and biting on bread and sandworm.
Flathead are in Newlands Arm, with soft plastics taking most fish.
Hollands Landing: The Strait around Medusa Point has flathead and bream partial to whitebait, prawn and pilchard.
Marlo: Bream, flathead and luderick are cruising around the estuary, with best bait being pipi, sandworm, spider crab and prawn.
Both rivers have estuary perch feeding on live prawn and shrimp.
The surf is holding plenty of tailor and salmon.
Bemm River: The channel has good size flathead and tailor striking soft plastics and hard bodied lures.
The lake has bream and trevally, feasting on prawn and sandworm.
Tamboon Inlet: Anglers are bagging out on flathead around Mud Point, using soft plastics and prawn.
Mallacoota: A recent bream comp saw plenty of fish caught in both Lakes. Only lures were used, so fish could be released.
Luderick are around the wharf.
The Narrows has tailor and flathead, taking live baits.
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
FEBRUARY is gone and the year is flying along and before you know it we will be talking about the snapper coming back in.
Before all that though we have winter to get through and the end of this season.
Providing the weather stays fine there will be plenty of opportunities to have a fish during March with Labour Day weekend, Easter and the school holidays all running into each other creating three short working weeks in a row.
Labour Day is also our annual sale at the shop and again weather permitting we will have the tables set up outside with plenty of bargains as well as many more specials inside.
The sale will be on Sunday, March 13 and will kick off from around 6am continuing all day.
The Sunday will also see the annual San Remo Fishing festival run by the Kilcunda Bass Football Club.
This day is always a great day for families especially for kids because there is always plenty of things to do and learn.
On the Labour Day weekend, we will be running another fishing competition. No entry fee, registration or age limit, just a bit of good fun on the long weekend.
The comp will run from 6am on Saturday, March 12 and finish 4pm Sunday, March 13.
It’s a secret weight competition and not a heaviest weight so the closest to our secret weight wins.
Each person can only weigh one of each species per day.
Fish must be back to the shop by 4pm on Sunday.
The prize for squid is $50 worth of squid jigs and whiting $50 worth of store credit and thanks to a generous donation by Rob from SEAL diving services, we will also be putting up a $50 store voucher for the closest flathead.
The competition is valid for boats or land based and will go ahead regardless of the weather and it couldn’t be easier, catch a fish and bring it in to get it weighed if you are the closest you win.
Fishing reports this week have continued the same tend as the last few weeks and like the last few weeks it has been more about the lack of fishermen than necessarily the numbers of fish.
The weekends weather was good in the bay but offshore was very sloppy and only for the more experienced boaters.
During the week there were a few opportunities for people to get out in the boats and I am finding lately the best reports are coming from opposite times and tides than is normal, which just goes to prove don’t take anything in fishing as being the only way to do it.
There have been several on the jetties fishing and more people are wandering down to the beaches.
Land based was mixed and for no reason at all a few pinkies showed up at the Newhaven Jetty and while this is good I wouldn’t rush down there to get your bag of fish because they only seemed to be there for a couple of hours on one afternoon mid-week and that was it.
The rest of the reports from Newhaven were of mullet, a flathead, couple of whiting, several trevally and a couple of calamari following up baits but not taking jigs.
San Remo Jetty wasn’t much better with even the calamari at times hard to find and most that were catching them only managing a couple each – there is always the exception and a couple of good bags were caught too.
Apart from wrasse and a couple of rays we didn’t hear of anything else being caught during the week.
Cowes Jetty seemed to attract pike this week as there were large schools several days during the week.
The rest of the time we were told about a few squid, several flathead (many undersize), the odd salmon and a big seven gill from after dark one night.
They call whiting one of the most frustrating fish for a very good reason and this week like most weeks they lived up to their reputation.
Several customers asked me this week why is it you can go out one day get a good feed then go out the next day same tide, weather and everything else and not lose a bait.
Obviously there is no easy answer or everyone would only go out when they were going to catch plenty.
We saw some photos of 30 fish plus in a boat and then heard stories of not even a bite.
The best reports came from those fishing what many would consider the wrong time of the day or tide.
The whiting being caught do seem to have one thing in common and that is the size has reduced considerably from what they were about a month ago.
One thing that hasn’t reduced is the amount of todies and leather jackets.
The reports were almost the same for above the bridge or below the bridge with neither really standing out.
Those who did venture offshore this week found plenty of flathead and there is no shortage of baitfish, slimmeys and yakkas.
The squid are still on the bottom with the couta and over the last couple of weeks we have seen a bit of a return of blue sharks.
They can be eaten although I should say they are not the best eating fish in the ocean and quickly get a very strong ammonia smell to them if they get warm so unless you have plenty of ice and are prepared to bleed and clean them properly just release them.
Makos have been a little scarce but I would still expect to see a few come in or be tagged before the end of the season, especially with the way the next few weeks fall and early Easter.