By King George (aka Alan McFayden)

JUST before this report, fishing had been reasonable at times through the week in Anderson Inlet where there had been whiting caught from the entrance up as far as Mahers Landing.
The better fish had been caught around the entrance and the snags with better results being when the tide had slowed down.
The fish had been to the 40cm mark and taking baits such as pipis, Bass yabbies, squid and cockles.
Around the snags, good size silvers have been caught as well as quality pinkies.
Stevies Gutter has also been going along quite well for land-based anglers who don’t mind a bit of a walk from Lees Road to the southern side, where they fish the run off tide.
This is where there have been good numbers of perch, whiting and flathead making the effort worthwhile.
In the gutter, boaters have been trying their luck and catching some very good size flathead that lay in wait for the smaller fish that come off the shallow mud banks into the deeper water on the run off tide.
At Mahers Landing, land-based anglers are prepared to try their luck even if it might mean a fair wait between enquiries.
The run in tide seems to be the best time to wet a line where fish such as silvers, mullet and gummy sharks have been bagged.
The results are even better if the tide coincided with dusk as the fish will move in closer under the cover of darkness.

The Tarwin River has been going along quite all right for those who know where to go.
Good size bream are being caught to the 36cm mark, which makes them worth going after. They are being bagged mainly on the run out tide and mixed in with them are quality perch that have been taking presentations such as soft plastic lures and natural baits which include Bass yabbies, sand worms and small strips of squid.
King George had a call from a visiting boater who had a tale of woe to tell.
Angus Hayes says that he is a regular visitor to the Tarwin River and said that he recently decided to launch to try his luck off the local boat ramp.
He arrived at high tide and headed out upstream looking for whatever might make an appearance. He just cleared the highway bridge and headed up further.
As it turned out they did very well with a mixed bag of bream, silvers, mullet and a couple of flathead.
They stopped on the way back and picked up some good size mullet and they were happy. Upon their arrival back at the boat ramp they were presented with plenty of soft black mud, which posed a problem.
Although not the end of the world, it was a fair while before the boat was back on the trailer and the crew had learnt a valuable lesson.

Wonthaggi Angling Club: The club has just returned from the first of its biannual trips to the Tambo River.
President Steve Howell thanked the Wonthaggi club for its ongoing support, which he said was very much appreciated.
He hoped that this great sponsorship would continue. There were 30 entrants with 17 who weighed in fish.
The heaviest fish weighed in the senior male section was Alan Bentick’s 845g bream.
Anne Poulton had the heaviest fish in the senior female section with a 450g bream.
The heaviest bream in the junior male section was won by Jack Howell with a 475g bream while Lilly Spradbury had the heaviest fish in the junior female section with a 640g bream. No senior female weighed in a fish.
The heaviest bag and King of the Tambo was Alan Bentick with a total of 7.325kg. There was no Queen of the Tambo.
The junior male section winner was Hunter Tiziani with a bag of 1.825kg.
The junior female winner was Lilly Spradbury with a bag of 1.095kg.
Prince of the Tambo was Hunter Tiziani and Princess was Lilly Spradbury.
The teams event was won by Alan Bentick, Isa Spradbury and Ollie Disch with a bag of 9.2kg.
The Betty Ryan Memorial trophy was won by Ashia Dennis which was a secret weight.
President Steve Howell thanked everyone who came along and made the day such a success. He also thanked the Wonthaggi Club for their sponsorship on this day as well as previous support, which has been very much appreciated.

Shallow Inlet: Karen and Andrew Starrett who run then local caravan park say that there have not been any reports through the week even though at times the conditions have been great.
They say that it shouldn’t be long before the big salmon make an appearance along with similar size silvers and when this happens the action will be fast and furious.
The salmon will take just about anything that is thrown into the water either artificial or natural. A late report indicates that there is weed in the inlet, which could be having a negative impact.

Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that there were quite a few whiting caught over the weekend, which is good news.
The whiting were around the 36cm mark and best results were in the Lewis Channel.
Inside the entrance there were also a few gummies and quality flathead caught on the run off tide.
There have not been any reports from the jetties but no doubt there would be fish around but maybe the cold weather could be a factor.

Lake Tyers: Tailor are still around No 2 boat ramp at night, taking white bait.
Bream are up past the islands, biting on prawn and lures.
From Camerons Arm up to Nowa Nowa for flathead and late afternoon from Long Point and up to Burnt Bridge for flathead taking prawn and lures.

Mitchell River: Shadoof Lodge, grassy banks and down to the river mouth for bream taking prawn and crab. Also, try the backwater and highway bridge for perch on plastics and hard bodied lures.

Tambo River: Bream to the 42cm mark are being caught off the boat ramp, rough road and down to Whelan’s around mid-afternoon. Bait of choice is prawn.

Nicholson: Good flathead are about at the tyres and up to the car bodies. Best results on lures. Try between the two bridges for bream, taking crab and prawn.

Metung: The Boardwalk and around the Yacht Club are the best spots for bream and flathead, taking prawn and worm.
Mosquito Point and around Shaving Point are where to go for tailor and trevally, using drifting blue bait for best results.

Paynesville: Down towards the woodpile for good mullet, biting on worm. Tom’s Creek for bream, taking prawn. Larger bream prefer spider crab. Good flathead are in Lake Wellington, taking worm and prawn.

Hollands Landing: The Straits are the best spot for bream on prawn; Bunga Arm for leather Jackets, taking prawn; Banksia Peninsula and Duck Arm for flathead, with best results are on prawn and drifting white bait.

Marlo: Large schools of small mullet are everywhere as well as bream and luderick. The surf is good for salmon and tailor on pilchard and popper. Prawns are still about the lake system. Offshore, for flathead and shark try squid and pilchard.

Bemm River: Nice bream are to be had in the lake up around 1kg, taking prawn. If trawling for tailor in the channel, use lures for best results. The surf is good for salmon and tailor on pilchard and popper. The entrance is still closed.

Tamboon: Furnell Landing and down to Fisherman’s Landing for bream, luderick and estuary perch. Best bait is soft plastics and imitation prawn. Try the surf beach for salmon and tailor.

Mallacoota: The beaches for salmon, taking pilchard. Bream are in the Bottom Lake taking prawn. Flathead are in the Narrows biting on pilchard. Luderick are at the main wharf taking local weed.
Gipsy Point and in the Genoa River are where you’ll find for perch taking hard bodied lures.

Keep the fishing info coming to King George on 5672 3474. Good luck and Tightlines.


Around the Bay

By Craig Edmonds, Jim’s Bait & Tackle

I HAVE had several comments from customers lately that at the moment they simply can’t afford to do much fishing or they aren’t sure what the future will bring being an election year and are saving their money.
I don’t think you need to be Einstein either to know that retail in general is doing it tough at the moment and this couldn’t be more evident than the amount of empty shops in shopping areas.
Something to consider the next time you are going to go shopping over the internet or drive out of your local area to do some shopping, and I am not just talking fishing tackle but any shopping. Have you checked your local shop to see how they compare, both price and service?
You might be surprised but not only by supporting your local area, you might actually save some of these shops from closing.
I often hear people saying that the reason they don’t shop at a particular shop is because of some insignificant reason that they haven’t actually spoken to the shop keeper about.
Retail as a whole invites constructive criticism – it’s the only way to better suit your customers.
While the cost of boating can be expensive and difficult when times are tight, for a relatively low cost you can set yourself up to do a bit of land based fishing.
Land based fishing, whether it be surf, rocks or beach, can be done by the whole family and will also give you a bit of exercise during these months we tend to spend a bit too much time on the couch.
I can hear it now and it’s a comment I hear often in the shop is that all you can catch during the winter is salmon and while they do make up the majority of the fish caught you still have a very good chance at a gummy or calamari.
I had this conversation during the week with a customer who told me he doesn’t bother eating the salmon because they are no good to eat.
Further into the conversation he told me he hadn’t actually tried them before but his brother’s mate’s sister’s boyfriend’s uncle said they are no good – something I hear all too often.
Although the weather has been pretty cold and terrible this week we got a glimpse into the benefits of beach fishing throughout the colder months. Those few guys who did take on the rain and the wind were surely rewarded with large numbers of Salmon of good size (around 3kg) being caught off the back beach at San Remo directly opposite the caravan park and Cemetery Beach at Kilcunda.
I am now starting to get a few reports of Gummy Sharks showing up in the bay up the top towards Elizabeth Island and one being caught off Cape Woolamai Surf Beach at the second car park.


Western Port fishing fears

THE Preserve Western Port Action Group recently communicated with all 10 angling clubs around the Western Port waterline about the impact the proposed Port of Hastings would have on the port’s $600 million a year recreational fishing industry.
Fishers were shocked to hear the action group’s views about the impact the state Coalition policy of building a container port in Western Port will have on the region.
Club members were told that under the container port proposal, the declared port waters and anchorage area means no anchoring is allowed.
“Add to that the safety margin for staying clear of these massive container ships would leave only around 25 per cent of Western Port as safe, high tide fishable water,” renowned local fisherman Kevin Chambers said.
“With the speed of the tides in Western Port drift fishing is not viable which means: No anchoring equals no fishing.
“Those attempting to fish in the remaining safe high tide areas will face extreme congestion not only on the water but especially on the remaining useable boat ramps.”
The action group’s presentations were assisted by well-known fishing identity Glenn Cooper, aka Guru Glen of ‘That’s The Thing About Fishing’.
Glenn’s work includes taking the less fortunate people in our community fishing as a means of therapy.
The information sessions included distributing specialised fishing brochures, maps and postcards to be sent to the Hon Jaala Pulford MLC, as the Minister responsible for recreational fishing with the message “We Don’t Want Western Port Fishing Wrecked”.
“The loss of snapper, whiting and gummy shark fishing spots would be made worse with the dredging required building the container port,” Mr Chamber said.
“The equivalent of 15 MCGs full of dredge would be removed leading to vastly increased erosion and the smothering of the remaining fish breeding sea grass grounds.”
Jeff Nottle, chairman of the Preserve Western Port Action Group, said that based on the Economic Study of Recreational Fishing in Victoria 2015 by Ernst and Young, recreation fishing generates around $600 million every year for the Western Port economy in towns from Stony Point right around to Phillip Island and all the towns in between.
“This industry and the jobs it generates would all be a risk if the container port was constructed.
“An oil spill from just one of the 3000 container ships in Western Port would be catastrophic, as it is a 50 per cent chance the oil will end up on a mud bank at low tide.
“No known oil spill equipment can clean oil off a mud bank making the oil spill virtually permanent.
“We welcome the opportunity to talk to more fishing clubs about the impact of a container port in Western Port.”
Contact Kevin on 0418 127 748 or email chamkev41@gmail.com