By King George
THE conditions have been a bit up and down but that’s life in this part of the world.
There have however been good patches when the fish have cooperated and there were some good results.
Surf: The rough weather doesn’t worry surf anglers and through the week there were reports of salmon being caught in fairly good numbers.
The favourite spots such as the Kilcunda and Williamson beaches have had salmon being caught to the 1kg mark and it seems that although the size has been down a bit the numbers have been good.
Experienced surf fishers will know that with the cooler months ahead the numbers will increase as far as the torpedo fish are concerned.
There has also been a sprinkling of tommy roughs, flathead and gummies being caught.
For the benefits of beginners, Tommy Roughs might look like a salmon but are actually an Australian herring, which closely resembles its cousin the Australian salmon but is a smaller version.
It also has a rough skin texture, hence the name “Tommy Rough”.
It is found in cooler waters around the southern coast of Australia.
The Venus Bay beaches have also been very popular where the salmon have been to the 1kg mark and taking the usual baits such as whitebait, pilchard strips and surf poppers.
Tom Ardington and a couple of mates decided to try their luck at Number 5 beach and arrived on the run in tide.
They had only been there for a few minutes when they were into the salmon that were to the 1kg mark and really put up a great fight.
Tom managed a very good size flathead that was also caught on a whitebait.
After a few hours they had what Tom described as a “very good bag” of salmon and his crew were happy.
He said that there were other anglers trying their luck and no doubt said they will be back at the first opportunity even though they travelled from Traralgon.
Inverloch: John Graham is a regular visitor and over the years has got to know the area very well.
He says that he doesn’t go outside the entrance mainly due to the reputation that the bar at the entrance has and its record of bad accidents.
He says on his last trip with a long time mate they headed up to Stevies Gutter where some mates of his had been doing very well on perch.
They arrived at high water running off and didn’t have any dramas as far as the bar of the gutter was concerned.
They had a good supply of Bass yabbies, pipis and squid and sat off the banks as they reckoned that this might be where the flathead might be lying in wait as the smaller fish came in as the water dropped.
As is turned out they did manage one very nice flathead that took a soft plastic lure and four fairly good size perch.
At the time there were quite a few land-based anglers arriving as the water dropped and they were also catching fish.
There was another boat that arrived after them and the crew also was doing fairly well.
There have not been any reports from The Snags area but no doubt a visit to the area would be worth the effort as there have been good numbers of whiting being bagged when the tide is not flowing too fast.
Mahers Landing has been going along well where land anglers have been happy with their results.
Reasonable size flathead are being caught on the run in tide and boaters have been doing well on whiting that have been to the 35cm mark and taking baits such as Bass yabbies and pipis.
Tarwin River: There has not been many reports coming from this unpredictable stream but there have been a few reports of perch to the 32cm mark being caught by land-based anglers in the vicinity of the highway bridge.
The best time has been on the run off tide where kayakers have been doling reasonably well with a variety of soft plastic lures.
The fishing platforms has had quite a few bank anglers trying their luck where mullet and silvers have been making up most bags again on the run off tide.
The best place seems to be in the vicinity of the rock wall, below the hotel where there are silvers, mullet, perch and eels being caught on Bass yabbies and sand worms.
Shallow Inlet: Through the week there had been a few windy days, which have not been all that great as far as fishing has been concerned.
When conditions have allowed there have been times when whiting to the 45cm mark have been taken on a variety of baits according to Karen Starrett who runs the local caravan park with husband Rob.
They said there have been plenty of visitors trying their luck and bagging plenty of whiting but not a great deal of anything else.
This is unusual for this part of the world where there is usually plenty of flathead, gummies and snapper.
Having said all that, if whiting is all that is on the chew, there is not much to complain about.
Karen says boaters are expecting the annual influx of those gear breaking salmon and silvers that should be making an appearance shortly and when they do so there will be plenty of action.
The salmon will take just about anything that is thrown into the water including natural baits and lures.
When hooked up they often jump clean out of the water in an attempt to escape and often make a getaway, often with broken gear.
The silvers will often be a bit more timid until hooked and then there is a real battle and in the process can often spit the hook to swim and fight another day.
Port Albert: Rob and Ulla Killury run the general store at Port Albert and say the great season continues and this has been the best they can remember.
Very good size whiting have been bagged inside the entrance on baits such as pipis, Bass yabbies, squid and sand worms.
For the benefit of visitors or those not familiar with the area there is a large three bay boat ramp suitable for all tides and in very good condition as well as an ample car park.
Once on the water there is access to just about anywhere as well as the open ocean but like all entrances this can be dangerous and care must be taken. There is also another entrance at Mann’s entrance but this is not recommended.
As well as whiting inside the entrance boaters have been doing well on the flathead that have been caught on a variety of soft plastic lures as well as natural baits such as pipis, whitebait and squid presentations.
The jetties have been also well worth a visit where the run in tide has been the best time to wet a line.
This is where salmon, silvers, flathead, whiting, garfish and big eels have been caught on a variety of baits.
Keep the fishing reports 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
OVER the last few weeks we have had some very light winds and the bay has glassed out on several occasions, as usual though it has been during the week and rarely on weekends.
Offshore however has been a totally different story and there has been a very big swell for what seems like weeks now and the opportunities to get outside for a fish has been few.
This week was the same and many poked their head outside and soon turned around and fished in the bay.
The reports weren’t all that bad this week and with it being school holidays there are more people fishing than normal.
We are starting to see more and more elephant fish now and it seems they might be a bit later this year.
Reports have come more from land based customers than the boating ones and from several different spots.
Lang Lang, Corinella, Cowes jetty, Rhyll Jetty have been the best of the land spots and several people fishing in the shallower areas of the bay around the top end, Leola Shoal and Coronet Bay.
A couple of reports from The Corals and the channels, but nowhere near as many as the land or shallows.
Pilchards have been the best baits during the week.
Pinkies have been good this week and we have even seen a few that you would call snapper mixed in with them.
We saw several bags of double figures and of pinkies many around the 38cm mark but most bags of pinkies we saw had fish from 28cm to 36cm.
They were caught in many different spots and because of the cloud cover we had during the day, reports also came from shallower areas of The Corals and on the mud towards Corinella.
Early morning below the bridge in Cleeland Bight was the best for the bigger size ones and the evenings towards Rhyll produced some good fish as well.
The best we saw for the week was 68cm caught off Rhyll towards Silverleaves in the channel and was caught by a customer fishing for gummies with a large fillet of yakka for bait.
Whiting while still frustrating was better this week and some very good ones were caught with the best we weighed just on 800 grams.
Several customers reported bags of more than 10 which is much better than we have seen recently.
There is still plenty of toadies and leather jackets but I am finding those who have been successful are changing the way they are targeting them and finding success.
There have been 100 different things people are dong from changing the rigs they are using, trying different baits and the times they are fishing.
One thing several customers are doing is when the toadies or leather jackets turn up in numbers, especially in the shallower water is hanging an old fish frame over the side bringing all the rubbish fish to it then fishing well behind them for their whiting.
Fishing this way does take a bit of setting up because you actually need to anchor up slightly above where you actually want to fish to put a gap for the rubbish fish to feed in.
One other thing many are trying is they are fishing slightly deeper than they would normally fish for whiting especially along the edge of the Newhaven Channel.
While everything above won’t work for everyone, the amount of customers that have now started catching them I think proves that you must be prepared to try something different because every year isn’t the same.
The family, fun fishing club
By King George
THE Wonthaggi Angling Club was formed in 1982 when a group of dedicated anglers decided that it was time to get a club off the ground.
The founding members included people such as Pat and Sue Barry who are now Life Members of the club.
Pat at the time was the licensee of the Miners Rest Hotel, which was situated in McKenzie Street Wonthaggi.
This is where the club held its committee meetings and set the foundations that are still applicable to this day.
Over the years, the emphasis has been on presenting an organization as a family club.
A weigh-in day is usually the third Sunday of the month from 5pm to 6pm.
Fish are weighed and points allocated for various species.
There are different groups of anglers, which include senior male and female as well as junior male and junior female anglers who compete. There is also a veteran’s section.
At the weigh-ins it is not uncommon to have in the vicinity of 70 people of all ages come along and participate.
Of course not everyone will catch fish or even compete but just come along and enjoy each other’s company.
The club also encourages visitors who will be made most welcome.
The youngsters are encouraged to come along and ask questions especially in relation to fishing and there is no shortage of anglers to take time to explain various aspects of the sport as well as their responsibilities.
There seems to be no boundaries to their curiosity and of course members are only too happy to answer any queries the youngsters might have.
The club views juniors as the future and in the long term they will pass on their knowledge to generations to follow.
The future of the Wonthaggi Angling Club is certainly bright and it is always looking at various ways to promote the organization in a positive light.
The club has very good relations with other clubs such as the Rhyll Angling club.
Recently there was a competition between the two, and was such a success that it will now be an annual event on the fishing calendar.
With membership in excess of 180 and growing, the Wonthaggi Angling Club has 43 generous sponsors and their support is acknowledged at every opportunity.
President Steve Howell says he and his committee are looking forward to the challenges ahead.
He says that he would very much like to see the organization continue to be known as a family club.
New grants for fishing clubs
VICTORIAN recreational fishing clubs are now eligible to apply for $2000 grants to promote membership and update facilities.
The ‘Stronger Fishing Clubs’ grants program opened last week for 12 months, aiming to get more people fishing, more often.
Rhyll Phillip Island Angling Club president Daniel McCausland said the grant would come in handy for the club.
“One option we may look at is using the money to pay for volunteers to upgrade their first aid training or Responsible Serving of Alcohol certificates,” he said.
“We’re open every Friday night, which is a great way to get people involved in the club and go out fishing.”
The club is also looking to further renovate its outdoor area, following the success of improvements to the clubhouse in recent years.
All Victorian fishing clubs that were operational as of January 1, 2015 can apply for the grants.
Favourable consideration will be given to clubs that propose to use the grant for membership drives, introductory fishing days, open days or marketing of their club with flyers, signs and website development.
Consideration will also be given to applications for the purchase of club equipment, renovations or repairs to clubhouses and facilities.
To apply online or learn more about the program, including guidelines and conditions, visit www.vic.gov.au/strongerfishingclubs