By King George
THE expected deluge of rain failed to eventuate during the week and the little rain that did come failed to stop the fish biting.
As a result there was still plenty of activity on the local waterways.
Surf: There was not much activity as far as the local beaches were concerned.
There were a few scattered reports of good size salmon being bagged to the 2kg mark, which seems to be around average when they do make an appearance.
Elmet Cozen and a couple of mates decided to try their luck off Number 4 beach through the week and managed nine good size salmon as well as some tommy roughs and one flathead that was also a keeper.
The fish were all caught on the last half of the run in tide.
Baxters Beach has seen quite a bit of activity but there is something like a 20-minute walk before fishing but with deep water, there is more often than not, fish that will make the effort well worthwhile.
Inverloch: To a large extent, the predicted awful weather failed to eventuate.
As a result, most of the boats remained in the shed but there was a few that decided to brave the elements.
As it turned out there was no overcrowding and some good bags of fish taken.
Pensioners Corner saw a few hopefuls trying their luck and they were reasonably happy with the silvers, mullet and a few size whiting being bagged.
The best results were on the last half of the run out and first half of the run in flow.
There has not been much activity around the jetty.
A few visitors have been amusing themselves with the kids and have been trying to catch a crab or two but there is nothing much else to get excited about.
There haven’t been any reports from the area known as The Snags but no doubt there are fish around, just that anglers are scarce.
The same can be said of Stevies Gutter but there has been a few reports of perch and whiting being caught in pleasing numbers with best results being on the run out tide.
For those not familiar with this area, there is a bar, which can pose a few problems at very low tide.
Once inside the idea is to try out tested baits such as pipi and Bass yabby cocktails.
Squid have also been very effective and no doubt this should continue as long as the conditions hold.
Near the A frame house boaters continue to be happy with their results with good numbers of whiting, silvers, mullet and flathead.
The best time seems to be on the run in tide.
Mahers Landing continues to give up reasonable numbers of quality fish that have been mostly caught on the run in tide.
There seems to be plenty of undersize fish being landed on the run in tide as well as quality fish such as flathead, silvers, mullet and a sprinkling of salmon.
As we move into the cooler months the bigger salmon will make their presence felt where they are traditionally to the 4kg mark along with big silvers.
They love to take baits such as white bait and a variety of artificial lures.
Shallow Inlet: Karen and Andrew Starrett who run local caravan park say that apart from a big storm early in the week there have not been many boaters or land-based anglers around.
Previously there have been good numbers of whiting to the 45cm mark and better being bagged at low water, mainly on the run off tide.
There has also been good numbers of snapper, flathead and gummies making an appearance and no doubt this will continue as the water temperature is still quite reasonable.
We are approaching the time of year when the big silvers and salmon will turn up and when this happens, both gear and angler skills will be put to the test.
Salmon to the 4kg mark have that habit of jumping clean out of the water in an attempt to escape, and quite often will do just that.
This doesn’t really annoy experienced anglers as they will just rebait and do it all again as they are after the sport and often let the fish go anyway.
The smaller salmon are the most likely kept and should be bled, as this will enhance the flavour.
If these fish are to be kept, they are better off not frozen, as this will not do anything good for the taste of the fish.
Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that there have been good reports where whiting continue to be caught in good numbers.
The best place has been in the Lewis Channel and this should keep going as long as the conditions allow.
Silvers, salmon and flathead are also being caught where baits such as pipis, Bass yabbies and squid seem to be the best of the baits.
There haven’t been any reports from the Franklin Channel but the entrance has been going along quite all right with flathead, gummy sharks and snapper making up most bags.
The jetties continue to produce a variety of fish such as garfish, flathead, silvers, mullet and leather jackets. The best time has been on the run in tide.
Wonthaggi Angling Club: The club had its presentation evening last Saturday evening with in excess of 70 members and visitors in attendance.
President Steve Howell welcomed everyone along for the occasion and as this was his first year as president, he thanked everyone for their assistance.
He thanked Peter Clark for the last nine and half years as president.
The many sponsors were also thanked and President Steve said that the club would not be able to function without their support.
The junior female champion was Tahlia Sharples with 2432 points and runner-up was Kaitlyn Richards with 1620 points.
The Junior Male Champion was Harry Howell with 8733 points and runner-up was Jack Howell with 5141 points.
The senior female champion was Jan Beaumont with 6867 points and the runner-up was Anne Poulton with 6086 points.
The senior male champion was Robert Thompson with 23815 points and the runner-up was Sean Thompson with 20133 points.
Alan Bentick won the veteran’s section, with 31,598 points and the runner-up was Greg Beaumont 13441 points.
The aggregate champion was Robert Thompson with a weight of 10.380kg and the runner-up was Alan Bentick with 8.680kg.
The overall club champion was Alan Bentick with 31,598 points.
There was 167 fish weighed in for the year and 15 fish weighed in for the 365 day competition.
At the completion of the presentations, President Steve said that although we had a good season he feels that we can go even better this season.
He reminded members the AGM will be held on Monday, May 15.
Lakes Entrance: Post Office jetty for trevally, taking prawn and pilchard.
Kalimna Jetty for King George and silver whiting, biting on worm.
The surf is producing salmon on blue popper and blue bait.
Offshore at Six Mile Reef has been good for snapper, morwong and Nanagi, taking pilchard and squid.
Lake Tyers: 29cm Bream are schooling in the main lake and up past the islands.
Mid- afternoon for flathead around the channel markers and in the evening around No 2 jetty for tailor, try all baits.
There is the odd 90cm plus flathead around the islands.
The Main surf beach is good for salmon on pilchard and poppers.
Mitchell River: Football ground and back water area for bream, taking spider crab and prawn.
Also try grassy banks for bream.
The highway bridge going on dark and at night has been producing perch on green soft plastics and hard bodies.
Tambo River: Good size bream and flathead are to be had from the rough road up to the cliffs, best results on peeled local prawn and sand worm.
Nicholson: At the tyres and the car bodies there has been pleasing numbers of flathead on lures and small bream are in the river.
The river mouth is producing larger bream, best bait being spider crab.
Metung: The Boardwalk has been good for bream, with best bait being local prawn and sand worm. Also Tambo Bay is worth a try.
Paynesville: At the southern end of McMillan Strait there have been plenty of bream being caught with bait of choice being sand worm.
Lake Victoria for tailor, best results trolling with silver lures.
Hollands Landing: Griffin Point and down to Storm Point has been good for bream, taking peeled prawn. Best results have been around dusk for flathead.
Marlo: Offshore for flathead, gummies and Arrow Squid, as well as a 113 kilogram tuna which took 50 minutes to land.
On incoming tide, salmon and tailor are going well up the system on lures.
Plenty of bream, mullet and luderick are also about.
Best results using local prawn, pipi and worm.
Bemm River: Bream and flathead are out and about in the channel chasing local prawn.
Some tailor are taking lures.
Tamboon Inlet: Pelican Point and up to Peach Tree Creek for flathead and bream, best bait being sandworm and prawn.
Mallacoota: Top and bottom lakes are good for bream and flathead. Best results have been on prawn and yabbies.
Some pinkies are cruising about and taking lures.
Beaches have been producing salmon on pilchard, blue bait and lures.
Luderick around the fisheries jetty, taking weed.
Omeo: The Livingstone Creek is the best spot for trout.
Try wet and dry fly pattern for best results.
Also give celta lures and silver and gold wobblers a go.
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 almost cyclonic winds at times this week and the first taste of cold wet weather I think it was a bit of a shock to most and there was hardly a person fishing.
Saturday the weather changed and was an almost perfect day and if you didn’t mind fishing in coffee coloured water it was worth wandering outside.
It is normal for this couple of weeks to go very quiet as people start to acclimatize to the quickly changing weather.
As I keep saying the cold weather doesn’t mean the end of fishing and several customers took advantage on Saturday to fill up the bait freezer with plenty of yakkas, mackerel, several salmon and calamari.
Despite very few chances to get out for a fish there was some good fish reported when people could get out while again not huge quantity.
There have been some good catches of whiting especially on Saturday but a bit of time was needed to find a spot that was a bit cleaner water and free of weed.
The top end of the bay around Bass River and Reef Island was the best with the odd report from Rhyll and over at Tortoise Head.
Calamari were a bit hard to catch during the week and at times frustrating with several customers telling me they could see plenty in the water.
It seemed to be worse in the boats with a couple of customers telling me they could see literally hundreds in the water but only managed to land three despite trying everything they had in artificial colours, problems were they didn’t have a squid spike to be able to bait and try.
As it turned out from the reports the best catches came from those using baited jigs both from the land and boats but you did have to keep checking your jig as there was a lot of fine sea grass and one small piece meant the squid wouldn’t even look at it.
Several small gummies this week, many from the land and a couple of keepers but not huge and the best we saw was just under 5kg.
There are a few seven gills starting to show up in the bay as it cools down and pleasingly not very many draughtboards yet.
A few pinkies still showing up and we were told of two that went around 5kg and a smaller one at around 4kg all caught in different areas, Rhyll, Corinella and Elizabeth Island.
Now’s the time to start your winter maintenance: make sure you use a good quality marine grade anti-corrosion spray as most of those lubricating type sprays are not actually anti corrosive and won’t last the couple of months needed.
Give your boat a good clean inside and out and give the motor a good flushing out.
Take the cover off the engine and give everything a good spray and while there look for loose or broken wires, leaks etc.
On boats with hydraulic tilt smear a small amount of marine grease around the exposed shafts as this will stop any pitting which will tear seals the next time you use them.
Get out the grease gun and go over the trailer and boat steering cables but make sure you use marine-grade grease – also disconnect your battery.
Another thing to check and one that is forgotten by all of us is the D shackle on your anchor because they often work their way undone and apart from being expensive, watching the anchor head to the bottom unattached is not the best way to start a day’s fishing.
Another good idea is to get a bit of S/S wire and actually wire the D-Bolt screw so it can’t come undone.
Make sure there is no bait even soft plastics and especially food left in the boat as this will attract mice and rats that are more than capable of getting into your boat no matter where or how you store it and they could destroy wiring as many of my customers find out each year.
If your electronic gear comes out easily, take it out and wash the screens to get rid of the salt residue and store inside in the dry; spray all the plugs to stop corrosion, taking them out also stops your expensive sounder or GPS going missing.
Get some warm soapy water and give all your tools, knives, gaffs and nets a wash then a good spray and they will still be usable next season.
Take the covers off the lights and give all the terminals a spray as well as the car plug.
Then finally if possible cover the boat to stop it filling up with leaves and rubbish but don’t lock it up too tight as it will sweat and when you come to open it again will possibly be full of mould.
Another idea is to write down any problems or things that need fixing and put the list on the fridge with all the other lists then get to them as you get time during the winter otherwise like all of us you will forget about over the next few months and only remember when you get it out for the first trip next season.
If you can afford it now is the time to get your service done while most boat mechanics are a bit quieter, it also gives you more time to get any unforeseen problems fixed.
It may look and sound like a lot to do but will only take an hour or two and will be ready to go when the season starts.
New tide charts for the next 12 months have now come in so next time you are going past drop in and pick one up.