By King George
THROUGH the week the conditions were ideal for boaters and land-based anglers and even though the water temperatures have been a bit on the cool side.
Wonthaggi legend Danny Luna decided to try is luck with a King George at San Remo and managed some very nice whiting with the best being 42cm.
The fish were caught on Bass yabbies, pipis and squid.
Wonthaggi boaters Peter Jefferies and Colin Grabham also had success through the week where they caught a nice bag of whiting that were to the 45cm mark, all above the bridge on baits that included pilchards and pipi cocktail.
Other boaters out on the water in this area have been doing reasonably well through the week but there is plenty of small bait thieves that can drive you mad but if you keep at it then success will come your way.
Surf: Through the week was from a party of three visitors from Dandenong who decided to try their luck off Number 4 beach, at Venus Bay.
They had had some reports from mates who had done well a couple of weeks before and they went home with a good bag of salmon and four gummies that made the effort well worthwhile.
Tony Eskdale said his party are keen surf fishers and often try the surf in this part of the world whenever the opportunity arises and no doubt will do it all again.
Tony said the best of the baits were whitebait, squid and surf poppers.
Well known gardener Filli Asa Leausa decided to try his luck off Baxters Beach through the week where he has been catching quite good numbers of salmon.
On this occasion he arrived at the run in tide and cast out in a hole looking for whatever might come along.
As it turned out he didn’t have to wait long before there was an enquiry and the battle was on with what seem to be a very good size fish.
As he battled to control his quarry there was another enquiry.
This was one that he didn’t want. His mobile phone went off and Filli tried to ignore it and concentrate on his hooked fish.
All he could do was walk backwards and hope to control his fish with his rod pointed skywards and line kept tight.
As the battle wore on he still had the nuisance phone caller to contend with.
He eventually ran out of space to run and his fish, make that two fish were nearly out of the water but still very frisky.
There was yet another problem, birds that seem to have come from nowhere and were looking forward to a free meal.
Somehow Filli managed to chase off the birds, collect his fish, wind in all the line that had spooled off and even finish his conversation with the phone caller. Well done Filli!
Wonthaggi Angling Club: The club held its monthly competition last Sunday with a good turn out.
There was a total of eight fish weighed in and the winner of the senior male section being Robert Thompson with a 325gm salmon for 919 points.
There was no senior female to weigh in a fish.
There was also no junior male to weigh in a fish but in the junior female section Asha Dennis weighed in a 205gm mullet for 574 points.
In the veteran’s section Alan Lowe was the winner when he weighed in a salmon that dragged the scales down to 1.267 kg for 3036 points.
President Steve Howell welcomed everyone along.
Inverloch: There have been quite a few boats out on the water and the fine conditions have allowed them to go outside if they please.
This is where flathead, gummies and good size snapper have been caught on a variety of baits such as pipis and squid.
Back inside there have been good size fish such as flathead, silvers, mullet and whiting being bagged and if the calm conditions continue there is no reason why the good fishing will not continue.
Land-based anglers have been also doing well in places such as Pensioners Corner, The Snags, Stevies Gutter and Mahers Landing with a good variety of fish being caught.
Shallow Inlet: Positive reports have been coming from boaters and land-based anglers where whiting continue to be caught to the 45cm mark on a variety of presentations on baits such as pipis, Bass yabbies, squid and small strips of pilchards.
A visitor, George Dickinson and a crew decided to have a look at Shallow Inlet as he had quite a few positive reports from the area.
They picked a calm day and went out at low water and in very short time were into the big whiting that took pipis and squid.
They also managed some ripper salmon that were around the 2kg mark but thrown back as George reckoned that they were too big and not much value on the table.
He did say however that they gave a great account of themselves on the light gear.
Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that over the weekend the conditions have been great but for some reason there hasn’t been much activity as far as boaters are concerned.
Outside the entrance there has been quite a bit of activity with king fish, albeit a bit on the small side being bagged but there have been some bigger fish mixed in with them.
There have also been good size flathead and gummies being caught in the fine conditions.
At the entrance at low water there have been snapper to the 6kg mark being bagged along with flathead.
The Lewis Channel is always worth a look where whiting have been to the 37cm mark as they have been for some time.
There has also been a sprinkling of other species such as mullet, flathead and silvers being caught on the run out tide.
The best time has been on the run out tide.
Lakes Entrance: Rigby and Hopetoun Channels are producing King George whiting, flathead and salmon on peeled prawn and pilchard.
Gars are still in North Arm, around the Winery Jetty.
Local jetties are good for mullet, using sandworm.
Eastern Beach has salmon taking blue bait and poppers.
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
WITH the tuna season just starting and many locals planning their trips to the west I often get questions about catching tagged fish and what to do.
I get questions about being able to keep the fish and have had stories of tags being thrown away before they got back to the ramp not knowing the importance of handing them in.
There are several types that you will find used to tag fish from small plastic tag to the very expensive satellite tracking tags.
There are many species of fish that are tagged with both types of tags and I would need a lot of room to list them all so you could expect anything you catch could have a tag in it.
The information gathered from the tagging programs helps to gather vital data on movement of fish and growth rates but it’s the satellite tagging that provides the most valuable data giving day by day movement of the fish as well as temperature, and depth the fish spend most of their time in.
When the satellite tag is recovered it contains a far more accurate information than it does when it transfers data via satellite so it is very important they get returned.
While those who carry out the research would like to have far more of these sat tags to get more accurate information the reality is satellite tags are very expensive costing around $10,000 each and they only have limited funds to work with.
The unfortunate thing is not all of them get recovered, often with a failure of the release mechanism and are not returned till the fish is recaptured or simply they are just not retuned.
If you catch a fish with either type of tag in it, firstly it is not illegal to keep the fish even with the satellite tag and the choice is with the angler, obviously if the fish is in a condition that it is unlikely to survive the choice would be made for you and it is senseless sending a tag to the ocean floor.
The plastic tags can be simply cut off.
Most of the satellite tags will have a phone number on it so you could make a call or the easiest thing to do is ask at your local tackle shop as most shops would know someone connected with a game fishing club to return it to.
If you are keeping a fish with either type of tag in it there are some details that the researchers would appreciate that you get, GPS coordinates of where the fish was caught, weight of the fish, length of the fish, the condition of the fish and anything else you might think relevant.
You can of course become involved in these tagging programs and the easiest way is to join your local game fishing club.
Still ordinary offshore for boating so most were confined to the bay and it was one of those weeks where you got plenty in a very short time or nothing for an all-day session.
There were a few catches from the land as well but not a lot to write home about in the way of quantity.
Calamari was and will still be caught for months to come from both the land and the boats.
San Remo Jetty produced some quality size ones this week but only one or two at a time.
Several smaller ones were caught and many from the boats in Cleeland Bight were on the smaller side as well but the numbers were better.
There were a few up around Reef Island and Tortoise Head as well with almost everything that was reported caught on artificial jigs; orange and pink the best of the colours.
I had a couple of reports of snapper being caught last week and typically of this time of the year they were on the large side and over 6kg.
There are plenty of smaller pinkies around still with the odd 38cm or 40cm one being caught.
The best area was from Tortoise Head to Elizabeth Island along the channel on the change of tide.
I also had a couple of rumours from further up around Temby Point of some weighing in around 5kg so if you are down over the long weekend it might be worth spending a few hours chasing them.
It seems each week the numbers of rock flathead being caught is increasing and maybe due to more people actually trying to target them now.
The best spot for the rock flathead has been around the top light in the channel and then further up towards Maggi Shoal.
Many of the reports we are getting are from those spending time using soft plastics.
The other species of flathead in the bay are generally small but pleasingly for those who move around a bit they are finding a few around the 40cm mark.
There are plenty of whiting around! Say half my customers while the other half are telling me there are none to be found.
As much as some think I am making it up I have several customers regular catching double figures of quality whiting.
While I respect them requesting me not to mention where or how they are catching them, I can tell you they are not doing a whole lot different than the other unlucky fishermen chasing them with no success.
They are concentrating more on fishing the tide changes at the moment and in areas and methods they have used for many years.
We weighed a couple this week that were 48cm and went just over 700grams each but most of the rest we saw closer to the 34cm mark.
A couple of the reports came from the land, Newhaven Jetty, Ventnor Beach and one from Rhyll Jetty but most came from boats.
The afternoons into the evenings was the time to fish with Cleeland Bight and Tortoise Head best spots.
Those fishing during the daytime or even early morning struggled to find consistency in any spot and had to move around a bit to find any.
This weekend is the ANZAC Day long weekend and we will be open earlier all weekend for those who want an early start.
The weather at this stage is anybody’s guess but don’t do as many did last year making up their minds early in the week about bringing the boat down wait till closer when the forecast will be more accurate.
As the days get shorter and colder we will be changing to our winter opening hours and closing every Wednesday from May 1.