By King George
THE good reports continue and although there have been some quiet times the returns have generally been positive.
Surf: Williamsons Beach appears to be the most productive of the local beaches.
A party of five hopefuls decided to try their luck though the week and managed around 12 salmon between them that were all caught on whitebait.
One of the party landed a large gummy shark but it was released as they thought it might be in pup, which was a considerate thing to do.
On a recent visit to an area there was a group fishing off the rocks; King George noticed that waves were breaking too close to them especially as the tide was on the way in and they continued on, luckily without incident.
Rock fishing is considered to be the most dangerous of outdoor sports with many fatal accidents occurring.
There is always talk of that “freak” wave suddenly appearing out of nowhere and washing fishers into the water.
The fact is that those “freak” waves are always there and not uncommon.
There are common sense rules that apply which include wearing proper attire, especially appropriate footwear and never turn your back on the water.
Also, never fish alone, always tell someone where you are going and what time you will be home.
If someone falls into the water, don’t go in after him or her, as there will be yet another person in trouble, but get help immediately.
Wearing a life-jacket could also save your life.
Finally, in this day and age it is important to have a fully powered mobile phone for use in case of an emergency.
Inverloch: There have been times when the wind has kept many boats in the shed but those brave hearts who have decided to try their luck have been doing fairly well on fish such as silvers, mullet, flathead, whiting and perch.
A visitor who has not been on the water for some time contacted King George and was surprised to see an enclosed stretched of water near the area known as the Bathing Boxes.
It was explained to him that that this was formed quite a few months ago when there was a wild patch of weather along with a very high tide, hence there is now an enclosed inland stretch of water.
The authorities have been made aware of the situation but up until now there has been no action taken and the stale water remains a hazard.
There have been quite good numbers of smallish but well over the size limit of flathead out from Screw Creek being caught on a variety of small baits.
Shallow Inlet: There have been positive reports coming from Shallow Inlet where Murray Mc Donald who has the Foster fishing tackle shop says the good fishing continues.
He says over the weekend one angler managed to bag two very nice size snapper that each one weighed in at 9kg, which puts them in the ripper category.
He says very good size gummies are also being caught on a variety of presentations both by boaters and land-based anglers.
Karen Starrett who runs the local caravan park also says the whiting have been in very good numbers and taking baits such as pilchards, squid and fish fillets.
The best time seems to be at low water on both sides of the tides.
Port Welshpool: The quality fish continue to put a smile on the faces of anglers.
The jetties continue to produce good numbers of fish such as mullet, flathead, squid, whiting and good size garfish.
The best time seems to be on the last half of the run in tide on the eastern end of the structure.
The Lewis Channel continues to be productive as far as whiting are concerned with best results being at low water on both sides of the tide.
Information from the boat storage is that generally speaking the fishing has been quite all right with a few reports of whiting being caught around the old jetty.
Although the whiting reports are few, this is put down to the fact that there are king fish being chased.
They have been to the 1.5 metre mark and out wide.
The conditions have been very good which allows boaters to get out around the Cliffy Island area and their efforts are rewarded.
The entrance has also been very good as far as snapper has been concerned where they have been to the 6kg mark as well as quality gummies, snapper, and big flathead being bagged at low water.
Port Albert: Rob Killury who runs the local general store says this is the best fishing season he can remember.
He says there are plenty of gummy sharks to the 1.5 metre mark being caught on a variety of baits such as pilchards, squid and fresh fish fillets.
There has also been good numbers of snapper to the 6kg mark being bagged as well as king fish by boaters, both local and visitors.
The jetties seem to have standing room only where there is a wide variety of fish, which include silvers, mullet, flathead, whiting and eels making the effort well worthwhile.
There doesn’t seem to be any standout bait as just about anything, which includes a variety of artificial lures are doing the job.
The yacht that ran aground at Manns Beach is now in the process of being broken up by authorities, probably because as it is seen as a safety hazard.
It is said to be valued at around $750,000, which makes it a very expensive safety hazard!
Lakes Entrance: The town jetties and North Arm have plenty of gars biting on sandworm.
Flathead and tailor are striking silver lures and soft plastics in Reeves Channel.
The surf has good size salmon chasing poppers and blue bait.
Lake Tyers: Bream and gars have been taken at Mill Point and Fishermans Landing, using peeled prawn and sandworm.
Flathead are active around the glasshouse with fresh prawn and soft plastics picking up fish.
Tailor are still cruising throughout the lake.
Mitchell River: Bream have been landed between Grassy Bank and the Bluff on local prawn and shrimp.
Some estuary perch are still around the Highway Bridge at sunset. Try green hard bodied lures.
Tambo River: Bream are on the go between Poplars and Rough Road, peeled prawn and sandworm is best bait.
Nicholson: Good size bream have been caught around the Tyres area, using local prawn and shrimp.
Metung: The Boardwalk is good for flathead and the odd king George whiting. Pipi and peeled prawn are effective.
Paynesville: Bream and flathead are in the Strait around the yacht club and also around the jetties on Raymond Island. Local Prawn and soft plastics accounted for most fish.
Hollands Landing: Bull Bay has bream biting on spider crab and peeled prawn.
Marlo: The Rivers are good for estuary perch around the snags. Live prawns are producing fish.
Around the mouth of the Snowy River, luderick, mullet, flathead and bream have been landed on local prawn, sandworm and pipi.
The surf has large salmon and bronzies.
Bemm River: The entrance is closed, however the channel is fishing well with flathead, trevally, tailor and bream chasing live prawn, soft plastics and sandworm.
The surf is good for gummies and salmon on blue bait and squid.
Tamboon: Tailor and bream are around the campsite jetty. Metal lures, prawn and sandworm are best bait.
Mallacoota: The Narrows has plenty of bream, flathead and tailor. Live poddies, prawn and yabbies are catching fish.
Luderick are still around the wharf, with both lakes providing salmon and bream.
The surf has salmon and flathead striking lures.
Omeo High Country: The Mitta Mitta River has trout in the deeper holes, with worms and hoppers best 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
THE long weekend has been and gone and Easter and the school holidays are just around the corner but that won’t mean the end of the fishing.
Easter is early this year and traditionally there will be some very good fishing to come right through April, May especially for some of the better table fish the area is known for.
The whiting should fish right through and will slowly get bigger as we get closer to winter, you will also find them in the slightly deeper water and channels.
Flathead will vary a lot in size and probably won’t be any easier to find but the winds should be more settled making it easier to chase them offshore.
Then there are calamari which has become a proven fishery all through the year both land based and in the boats.
We then have gummies and snapper which will require a bit more effort and won’t be caught by the dozens but as we have seen over the last couple of years someone will catch a decent one every couple of days.
So there is plenty of fishing still to be done over the next few months leading into winter where a day’s fishing can often turn into a bait collecting session for the upcoming season.
Over the weekend we saw some very good catches and heard plenty of stories from those who didn’t manage to lose bait.
Unlike previous weeks there was more of a pattern to the reports but it didn’t seem to matter how well you knew the local area or how long you had been fishing it was as much about luck as anything else.
There were some good catches both from the land and from the boats with plenty of kids getting involved, several weighing fish in our competition we ran over the weekend.
Although there was still plenty of luck involved things seemed to go back to a more traditional times and areas.
Very early morning before the sun came up Cleeland Bight was very good and quality whiting and pinkies were caught – whiting to 40cm and pinkies from 36cm to 42cm which is some of the better ones that we have seen this season.
As the sun got up though they just seem to turn off like a tap and it was time to head home for breakfast or go and chase something else.
The calamari were good in the same area but later on during the day was better.
We didn’t hear of much being caught in the afternoon or evening, apart from the odd calamari and flathead.
Customers also reported catching several trevally in Cleeland Bight over the weekend.
The jetties were a bit inconsistent still but like Cleeland Bight fish were caught more when you would expect to catch them – just before and after light, either end of the day or about an hour before and after either tide.
There were some good catches of calamari from San Remo Jetty but not much in the larger variety and several very large schools of squid jig sized ones heading into the bay.
Cowes Jetty was a mixed bag with flathead, whiting, salmon, calamari, pike, seven gill shark and others but not a lot that were big enough to take home.
There was a couple of calamari from Newhaven Jetty as well as a pinkie and flathead and pleasing to see a couple of trevally.
Most of the surf beaches produced salmon with the odd 1.5kg or better but most under the 1kg mark.
Tide changes also seemed to be better on the surf and the fish came through in smaller schools but if there were a couple of people fishing close together you could get a few before they moved on.
Boating in the bay and the early morning was best for most areas for the better quality fish especially pinkies as the 25cm nursery fish seemed to sleep in a bit but once they were awake you needed plenty of bait to feed them.
Pinkies seemed to be in most areas of the bay with the better of the pinkies around Silverleaves and Cowes early morning.
Some good flathead offshore if you could find them trouble is there was plenty looking but very few found them.
Those who did made a couple of drifts over them and managed a respectable feed, the size of the flathead was smaller with very few over 40cm.
We had several pinkies reported from offshore and some were well worth keeping at around 40 to 45cm, there were plenty of smaller ones as well.
We also had a few customers catch the odd flathead on the rough ground while looking for pinkies.
IF YOU fancy catching or eating fish and seafood, San Remo was the place to be on Sunday as the town hosted its annual Fishing Village Festival, run by the Kilcunda-Bass Football/Netball Club.
Oz Fish TV hosts Michael Del Marco and Jesse Hommelhoff ran a (rod) casting competition on the sand and Bass Strait Direct staff performed fish filleting demonstrations before the fillets of gummy, duck fish, King Geoorge whiting and flathead were cooked on the barbecue for visitors to sample.
Fisheries officers provided information on size and bag limits, with lots of questions about snapper, abalone and crayfish.
There were a wide variety of market stalls also there.
A massive 4kg crayfish was a popular raffle prize – the lucky winner was from Woolamai Waters.
There was also plenty of interest in the seafood platter spinning wheel, while the club, with the help of sponsors, had a successful barbecue running featuring snags and delicious fish burgers.
Les Watson from the Kilcunda-Bass Football Netball Club said the event made an estimated $8000 for the club.
“It all went well although we don’t think there were as many people as last year.
“But it was great to offer visitors lots of different things to see and do. It’s always good fun,” he said.