By King George
THE weather was mainly fine through the week and as a result there were many positive reports.
According to quite a few boaters, the water temperature is still quite high for this time of year and while this continues there is every chance of the so called “summer fish” will stick around.
Amanda Kelliar and Terry Hendricks has been doing very well off Kilcunda and recently they caught some very nice gummy sharks that were around the 16kg mark as well as a very good size goat fish or red mullet.
These fish are not caught in big numbers but are so good on the table they are known as “crayfish of the sea”.
Inverloch: Over the weekend there were many visitors trying their luck off the jetty but there seem to be not a great deal of activity.
However, those present didn’t seem to worry too much as just being there in great conditions made it all worthwhile.
Pensioners Corner had plenty of land-based anglers trying their luck where a few flathead, silvers and salmon were making up most bags.
King George also visited the area known as the bathing boxes but there was no activity apart from a streaker who suddenly made an appearance and ran off towards the entrance and out of sight.
Mahers Landing was very popular as far as boaters were concerned.
Most were visitors and King George came across a crew that had just returned.
Skipper Jamie Brooksby said that his crew, Jamie and Dion did reasonably well and caught a presentable bag of silvers, whiting and flathead but also said that they would have done better if they had not missed the tide.
They are from Drouin, and will no doubt be back again to do it all again at the first opportunity.
There were quite a few other boats returning and most had a similar tale to tell. The last boat to come in before King George left was a small “tinny” that appeared to have very little free board.
This no doubt would have been because of the weight of two large men.
There didn’t appear to be any safety gear in the boat and fortunately there was very little wind to make things awkward.
Had there been a sudden change for worse conditions we could have another causality on our hands, one that could have been avoided.
Tarwin River: King George received a call from a visiting angler who decided to try his luck on the run out tide.
He had no troubles getting into the water off the ramp and managed a mixed bag of perch, silvers and a few good size mullet.
So far so good but when he returned at dead low water he had a real challenge retrieving his boat through that awful black mud.
He did however learn something and that was not to launch or retrieve in low water off Tarwin, otherwise he was pleased with his results.
The area known as the rock wall, near the mouth has also been productive with silvers, mullet and for those who like them, eels. They are reasonable on the table but that also make very good bait for sharks, which are attracted by their high oil content.
Venus Bay: The five beaches have been very popular with land-based anglers where there have been reasonable bags of salmon to the 2kg mark.
The best times to wet a line has been on the run in tide with whitebait being the best of the baits.
There have been a few tommy roughs, flathead and gummy sharks being bagged.
Shallow Inlet: Information from Karen Starrett who runs the local caravan park is that the water temperature is still on the warm side and very good size whiting are being caught in pleasing numbers to the 45cm mark.
This puts them in the thumper bracket.
Quality flathead are also being bagged along with mullet, silvers and salmon.
Port Welshpool: Information from the Boat Storage is that it has been the busiest weekend in memory. The weather and fishing conditions have been described as perfect and the fish have responded in kind.
There have been very good numbers of gummies being caught inside and outside the entrance that have been to the 19kg mark and taking a variety of baits such as pilchards, fish fillets and squid.
Snapper have also been in good numbers and being caught on both sides of the tides. Quality flathead are also in pleasing numbers as well as whiting that are being caught in the Lewis Channel.
At the time of this report the fish were still going very well at the jetty, which was much appreciated by the land-based anglers.
Fish such as silvers, mullet, flathead, whiting and garfish have been making a visit worth the effort.
The best of the baits have been strips of pilchards, pipis, Bass yabbies and cockles.
The top of the run in tide seems to be the most productive time to wet a line and if the warm conditions continue, so too will the good fishing.
Port Albert: As has been the case for some time in this part of the world, the great fishing continues.
Quality whiting seem to be everywhere and boaters are also doing well with good bags of flathead silvers, mullet being caught inside the entrance.
Boaters have been very happy with their results around Midge Channel where there have been whiting and flathead being caught on a variety of baits.
The Port Albert Channel has also been very productive with quality whiting and flathead being caught on both high and low tides.
The jetties are still going along very well with quality whiting, silvers, mullet, and eels in very good numbers.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0401 199 223. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
FOR some time now I have been getting enquires from customers regarding load rated D Shackles for their boat trailers.
For those who have purchased them you will know that they are not all that easy to find and are expensive but the biggest problem is for those with larger boats.
The physical size of the shackle will not fit through your chain or will it actually fit through the eye on your car and both would need some serious modification.
Having had many conflicting views on exactly what is required I contacted VicRoads and asked them the question.
Below is the answer they gave me which will clear it up for many:
“Whilst using a load-rated shackle isn’t mandatory, it’s a good idea to choose a shackle to suit your trailer and towing vehicle.
Further information on suitable shackles can be found on the ‘Safe Caravanning’ page, http://go.vic.gov.au/suFuNN.”
While this is what the law says I would still ask your insurance company to ensure they don’t have their own set of rules.
Many shackles have a load rating on them but failing that the best thing to do is use the largest possible shackle that will fit without altering either your chain or tow bar on your car.
Obviously the best thing to do is be guided by the trailer manufacturer as they are the ones that will know the correct size shackle to use.
With the forecast of fine weather last Tuesday Robyn and myself took advantage of it lining up with a day off and hooked up the boat and headed offshore.
We started off the cape in about 30m of water with a southerly drift but with more westerly than northerly and the odd larger swell it was reasonably uncomfortable.
We lasted there with little success and decided to move towards punchbowl for a bit more protection from the wind.
We finished up stopping just inside the end of the lead line and worked that area between 35m and 45m of water then spent the next three hours catching flathead.
Although we didn’t count all those we let go I would guess we all up it was well over 60.
We kept 26 that were between 34cm and 55cm to take home as well as a dozen good size silver whiting.
There weren’t a lot of other chances to head offshore during the week and apart from flathead the only other report was of a quality gummy several salmon and couta.
I didn’t see large numbers of whiting this week but what I did see was some very good quality fish caught.
There was the odd bag into double figures but only the odd bag and most only managed around six whiting but as one customer said when they are all over 45cm, six is a good feed.
It seemed to be a lot of luck if you found them and everyone said that a considerable amount of work was needed.
One customer told me they tried several spots over a few hours for no success then they tried a bit of an odd spot they hadn’t fished for a few years and managed several quality fish in a short time.
Where was it? In between secret spot x and y, they said.
Several people have told me the same thing, trying to get away from the leather jackets and todies they have been fishing areas they normally don’t and actually finding fish.
Most of the whiting that I know where they were caught came from in Cleeland Bight and on both sides of the channel, a few from the bank on the Rhyll side of the top light in the main channel at Newhaven and I had a few second hand reports from the Cowes area around the yacht club.
Calamari for the last few weeks have been very spasmodic and this week was no different with very random reports and sizes.
One customer told me he managed two from the jetty at San Remo during the week with one a 34cm hood and the other he had to look twice to actually see it on the jig.
It was a story we had repeated several times over during the week and it didn’t matter if you were fishing from the land or boat.
The boats produced better reports as they often do and I find this time of the year people tend to only target a couple then look for something else.
Several reports also came from all round the bay but only a couple from offshore.
From the reports the baited jigs caught more of the bigger calamari with pink the standout colour in the artificial ones.