By King George
AS we all know the fishing fraternity generally speaking is pretty easy to get along with but many were bemused upon arriving at the Port Welshpool to be greeted with signs, one warning that the fish cleaning facility will be removed if offal is not disposed of correctly.
There is another sign that says, “Please throw fish carcasses and ofal [sic] into deep water”.
The sign writer couldn’t even spell the word “offal” properly.
There is yet another sign that says “Please throw fish waste into deep water”.
At low tide there is no deep water and they ask, “What can we do?
The resident stingrays however won’t really care much about the signage spelling, as all they will be hoping for is an ongoing supply of fresh food
The vast majority of anglers will do the right thing and dispose of waste in the proper manner.
One such person noted that if the authorities must waste money on silly signs, at least they could spell the word “offal” correctly.
Surf: There haven’t been any reports of surf fishing results.
This is not hard to understand, as there has been plenty of action as far as other forms of fishing is concerned.
No doubt places such as Williamson Beach, Kilcunda and the five beaches at Venus Bay would be well worth a look.
For the benefit of those not familiar with surf fishing the best time to try your luck is usually on the run in tide and the results can be that much better if this occurs around dusk or before sun rise.
The reason being that this is when the fish will move in closer to shore under the cover of darkness.
The best baits are generally white bait, pilchards, squid and surf poppers.
Inverloch: The good reports continue outside the entrance although there were patches of windy weather that made things a bit on the awkward side.
When conditions allowed there were quite a few quality gummy sharks being caught out wide on a variety of baits such as pilchards and squid.
There were also very good size flathead and salmon making an appearance and just beyond the breakers at Venus Bay.
This is where there are quality flathead to the 1kg mark are being bagged on a variety of baits such as whitebait, squid and pipis.
Every so often there will be snapper turning up which makes for a worthwhile trip.
There continues to be quality whiting being caught and being to the 40cm mark they are most welcome.
In the same area there are flathead and garfish being caught on baits such as pipis, Bass yabbies and small strips of squid.
Back inside the entrance near Pensioners Corner there has been plenty of action as far as land-based anglers are concerned.
The best time to try your luck has been on the run in tide where there have been fairly good numbers of mullet, silvers, flathead and whiting being caught on the usual baits.
This area can try out the patience of anglers but when a school of salmon decide to pay a visit the action can be fast and furious.
The jetty has been a bit on the quiet side but there hasn’t been much activity as far as the fish have been concerned but as the old saying goes, you won’t catch them staying at home.
Further up the inlet in the vicinity of The Bluff there has been reasonable numbers of flathead being caught at low water on baits such as pipis, Bass yabbies and squid.
Stevies Gutter continues to produce a good variety of fish such as perch, flathead and whiting where the best results seem to be on the run out tide.
Often there will be a big flathead making an appearance as the smaller fish will be moving off the mud banks that are exposed as the water runs into the gutters.
This is usually an easy meal when hunter becomes the hunted.
The action continues up as far as Mahers Landing and beyond where quality fish are being caught on both sides of the tides.
For the benefit of those boaters not familiar with the layout, there is a boat ramp at Mahers Landing but is on a shallow gradient which is alright at high water but a bit difficult at low tide.
There have however been good numbers of whiting being caught along with silvers, salmon, flathead, mullet and coutta on a variety of baits.
At high water land-based anglers have been catching good size gummy sharks that have been taking pilchards and squid.
Shallow Inlet: The good fishing continues in this part of the world and even though there was a bit of a pause recently, generally speaking things have been alright.
Whiting continue to make up very impressive bags where baits such as bass yabbies, pipis and sand worms seem to be the best of the presentations.
Good size silvers, flathead and gummies are also being caught in pleasing numbers where the best results seem to be at low water on both sides of the low water tides.
For the benefit of those not familiar, there is no constructed boat ramp as such where craft can be launched from the firm said. There are however some soft spots. If you are not sure then seek local advice to avoid a red face and make sure you park well above the high water line.
There have not been any recent reports outside the entrance into Waratah Bay.
There had been good numbers of king fish being caught out wide and no doubt they are still around in good numbers.
Port Welshpool: There have been scattered reports through the week from this area but the weather has had a negative effect at times.
Having said that there have been quality whiting being caught in the Lewis Channel where they are to the 37cm mark and taking baits such as Bass yabbies, squid and pipis.
Mixed in with them have been silvers, salmon and flathead that have been making up fairly impressive bags.
There have not been any reports out wide where there had been good numbers of king fish being caught on a variety of presentations.
No doubt things will pick up once again and King George would appreciate any reports.
Back inside the entrance there have been land-based anglers trying their luck off the jetties and when conditions have allowed there have been quite good numbers of flathead, silvers, mullet and the occasional whiting being bagged.
The run in tide seems to be the best time to wet a line.
Lakes Entrance: The town jetties are producing mullet and trevally on sandworm and peeled prawn.
King George whiting have been landed around Nungurner jetty.
Gars are in good numbers in Cunningham Arm, east of the footbridge.
North Arm is still good for gars on sandworm.
Flathead and tailor are in Reeve Channel.
Lake Tyers: Plenty of bream are around the Glasshouse, taking prawn and blue bait.
Mill Point and the main lake has good size flathead, biting on prawn and soft plastics.
Salmon are on the chew in the surf and feeding on blue bait and poppers.
Mitchell River: The barrier has bream partial to local prawn and hard bodied lures.
Estuary perch are active after sunset around both bridges. Try green, diving lures.
Tambo River: Bream are cruising between Reynolds Road and the mouth, with local prawn getting good results.
Flathead have been around the boat ramp at Punt House Point.
Nicholson: Bream are being caught between the highway and railway bridge. Sandworm and prawn are best bait.
Metung: Some large bream and flathead have been landed around the Marina and in Bancroft Bay. Local prawn and soft plastics are catching fish.
Paynesville: Resides Jetty on Raymond Island has flathead and bream chasing local prawn and soft plastics.
Local jetties are also good for bream, on sandworm.
Hollands Landing: The woodpile area has large bream biting after sunset, using spider crab and prawn.
Marlo: The Snowy River and estuary are fishing well with estuary perch striking hard bodied lures, around snags.
Flathead are favouring soft plastics.
Bream, trevally and luderick have been taken on sandworm, prawn and spider crab.
Cann River: Furnell Jetty on the Cann River has flathead, bream and estuary perch being caught on soft plastics and local prawn.
Mallacoota: The Narrows have large flathead and bream biting on live poddies, yabbies and prawn.
Plenty of bream and tailor are in both lakes.
The main wharf has luderick.
Gummies and flathead are offshore.
Omeo High Country: The Gibbo and Livingstone River s have trout chasing spinners and hoppers.
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 Easter forecast leading up to the weekend was very good then the weather we actually got was just typical Easter weather, forget the forecast and just have a look out the window.
Despite the weather being a bit hard to pick there were a lot of people around and many tried their luck fishing from both the land and from the boats.
The pleasing thing was plenty reported catching fish and while not many of each species, most reported variety in their Esky.
The early mornings were the better of the weather and the better of the reports as well especially in the boats and for those chasing whiting and pinkies.
Cleeland Bight was the best spot but once we got too much daylight the fish turned off.
The advantage of fishing in this area is once one species turns off you can go and look for another one with flathead and calamari caught during the daylight hours.
The whiting was very mixed in size in Cleeland Bight and we did see some in the high 40s but the average was closer to 34cm.
The whiting caught in Dickies Bay and around Reef Island were smaller and 34cm was about the best we saw.
We also didn’t see as many in number as well with the toadies and leatherjackets making it difficult to get the baits to the whiting.
Anybody that did get any numbers fished as most successful people have done over the last month or so and that is to be consistently moving but don’t expect to get good numbers in a short time with some customers spending six hours or more on the water to land a dozen whiting.
If you are fishing The Corals especially in that 6m area, between the undersize pinkies, the undersize flathead as well as the undersized gummies you will need plenty of bait.
If you are prepared to persevere there are some size fish there and we had pinkies to 40cm gummies, to 4kg and flathead to 32cm.
We also had reports of several calamari caught on The Corals and a couple of whiting.
From the reports all over the bay there are plenty of bait fish as well in small salmon and yakkas.
The deeper channels around Elizabeth Island and Cowes produced better size fish and didn’t seem to have as many small undersize ones.
Fishing in 14m of water off Elizabeth Island one customer told us he kept getting his bait stolen but wasn’t seeing the bite and even when holding the rod only felt very light bites.
They decided to put on some smaller hooks and bait to see what was pinching their bait and they were pleasantly surprised when the first fish hooked was a 45cm whiting.
They changed over a couple of rods to small hooks and managed 12 whiting over the next hour, all 36cm to 47cm.
Calamari were patchy over the Easter break but there were still plenty caught both from the land and boats.
The boating reports came from several different spots around the bay especially the usual Cleeland Bight, Reef Island, Tortoise Head and Ventnor.
From the boating customers there didn’t seem to be a lot of pattern to them but that might have had more to do with it being a holiday and people just fishing when they worked up the energy to put the boat in and go out fishing.
The land based anglers were a bit more disciplined and reported early and late light the best times.
We did get a few reports from during the day but change of light was definitely better.
San Remo Jetty was one of the better spots and reports also came from Cowes Jetty and the beaches at Ventnor and Woolamai.
Although we are starting to see more and more rock flathead being caught around the bay, there still isn’t a lot of people targeting them.
They are one of the best eating fish we have in the bay and generally those caught are good size.
Those who are regularly successful in catching them target two areas, Maggie Shoal and the banks of the main channel at San Remo/ Newhaven.
Drifting just before or after the tide seems to be the best method.
Blue bait the best of the baits and just enough lead to get to the bottom.
I have a couple of customers that actually use soft plastics in a 3” or 4” with a heavier than usual jig head to get to the bottom but they tell me this only works just as the tide stops and turns.
Rock fishing safety
LIFE Saving Victoria is urging rock fishers to play it safe by the water during the holiday period.
There have been 15 rock fishing deaths in Victoria between 2000 and 2015.
All the victims were male and the majority (73 per cent) were aged between 30 and 50 years.
Research has also found that 80 per cent of those who died were from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
The majority (73 per cent) of rock fishing deaths happened in the Gippsland region.
Rock fishing related drowning is the second highest cause of coastal drownings in Australia.
Life Saving Victoria’s principal research associate Dr Bernadette Matthews said rock fishing is dangerous, if you are not properly prepared.
“Always wear a lifejacket, wear light safety clothing and cleated shoes,” Dr Matthews said.
“Carry safety gear including ropes, buckets, a mobile phone and an EPIRB.
“It’s also important to never fish alone. One person should watch the sea at all times as conditions can change quickly.”
If conditions worsen, it’s recommended to find a calmer, more sheltered spot or simply go home.