By King George
THE unpredictable weather has made fishing a hit and miss matter.
This is to be expected at this time of year but quite often we will get more settled conditions at times.
Regardless there is not a great deal we can do about the elements but just hope for the best.
Surf: King George heard from a visiting party who had travelled down from interstate and decided to try some local beaches.
This was a bit of a bit and miss affair but they decided to try Williamsons Beach and managed some very nice salmon that were around the 1kg mark and caught on the run in tide on whitebait.
They then tried three of the five beaches at Venus Bay and also had success on similar size bream and finished with enough fish to keep them going for the immediate future.
Inverloch: The forecasted awful weather didn’t really eventuate and it seems that most anglers decided to go to the football instead.
There were a few boaters who decided to wet a line and one crew managed some very nice flathead and gummies that made the effort worthwhile.
One boater decided to travel around to the Number 5 beach at Venus Bay and gabbed some very good size flathead but the skipper said that there was plenty of water mixed in with the fish.
Inside the entrance there were scattered results up as far as Stevies Gutter.
Reasonable numbers of mullet, silvers, flathead and garfish were caught when conditions had allowed but no reports of whiting.
There has not been any information from Mahers Landing.
Tarwin River: There haven’t been any reports from this area, which is reasonable considering the recent conditions.
No doubt there would be perch being caught from the rock bank to above the highway bridge.
Perch would be to the 33cm mark as well as mullet, bream and for those interested, eels.
On a fine day the fishing platforms would be worth a visit where baits such as sand worms, Bass yabbies and pipis would be recommended.
Shallow Inlet: The situation in this part of the world hasn’t changed over the week with boaters content to go to the football instead of fishing.
Karen Starrett who runs the local caravan park says that she will be expecting the big salmon to make an appearance in the near future where they will be to the 4kg mark along with silver trevally and flathead.
Due to the conditions there have not been any reports but when the weather allows there will be plenty of action.
Shallow Inlet is one of those places where an east wind doesn’t put a stop to fishing unless it’s a howler. When this happens then everything comes to a stop.
Port Welshpool: Information from the boat storage is that there is no information.
The conditions have been such that boaters have not ventured out on the water but hopefully when they do, there would be still whiting in the Lewis Channel making an appearance along with mullet and flathead.
The jetties will also be worth a visit where the resident fish such as flathead, silvers, mullet, garfish and the occasional whiting will be around.
For the benefit of visitors or those not familiar with the area, the eastern of the structure seems to be the most productive area to wet a line.
Reasonable bags of fish that include mullet, whiting, silvers, salmon and eels have been making appearances.
There also seems to be plenty of swimmer crabs around according to locals.
Lakes Entrance: Town jetties are producing mullet and trevally, bait of choice being worm.
Garfish are biting around Wyanga Park Winery jetty, taking sandworm and light weighted floats.
Plenty of crabs are at Bullock Island.
The Six Mile reef is good for pinkies, Nanagi and rubber lipped mowong, biting on pilchard and squid.
Lakes Tyers: Mill Point has juvenile bream, which are biting on prawn.
From Camerons Arm and heading up to Nowa Nowa still have nice bream but you will need to work for them. Prawn is the best bait.
Mitchell River: From the butter factory and down to Eagle Point are best spots for Bream. Bait of choice being prawn and spider crab.
Tambo River: Best spots for bream are from Rough Road and up to the power lines.
The best baits seems to be shrimp, worm and prawn.
The river mouth at night has been producing 38-40cm bream, but rug up well.
Nicholson: From the highway bridge and up to tyres for bream, with best results using crab and prawn.
Metung: The boardwalk and Shaving Point for bream, flathead, tailor and trevally are about, but you will need for work for them. Best results on prawn, worm and small pieces of blue bait.
Paynesville: Mullet are cruising about in the Straits. Best results using worm.
Salmon at Ocean Grange are in good numbers and are taking pilchard and poppers.
Hollands Landing: Weather and wind have made fishing a bit rough but the Perry River has got bream and mullet. Best bait is prawn and worm.
Marlo: Weather has being a bit rough but for those that went out and bagged some good fish.
Surf for salmon on pilchard and poppers.
Bream and mullet are biting on prawn in the sheltered areas.
Bemm River: Trevally and tailor are in the channel hitting metal lures and soft plastics.
Try the lake for bream on local prawn.
The entrance is still closed.
Tamboon Inlet: Fishing is a bit quiet but try the opposite bank from the boat ramp at Fishermans Landing.
Pelican Point is also a spot to try for bream on local prawn.
Mallacoota: Surf has salmon biting on pilchard or blue bait.
Salmon and tailor are at the entrance of the lakes.
Slipway has been good for luderick that are being bagged on weed.
Whiting are taking yabbies on incoming tide at the new boat ramp.
Flathead are in the narrows taking live poddy mullet, soft plastics and lures.
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on email@example.com or 5672 3474. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds, Jim’s Bait & Tackle
WITH the weather definitely starting to turn, customers are heading more to the beaches, rocks and jetties to get their fishing fix and the boat only comes out on a sunny day.
If you are reasonably new to fishing and boating, mostly there is plenty of fishing to be done over the winter months from the land around the area.
Yes it’s a bit colder and can be wet but we also have some very good sunny days during winter and land based fishing usually results in you getting a bit of exercise as well and there is no reason the whole family can’t be involved.
You will need to upsize some of your rods as the shorter ones you use on the boat just won’t be long enough for the land, but you will be still able to use your larger snapper reels saving you some expense.
As a general rule 10’ to 14’ is the length you will need for bait fishing and 9’ or 10’ for spinning with lures with the spinning rods generally better quality and much lighter in weight to make casting all day easier.
Everybody has their favourite rig but most will use a paternoster rig with a star sinker on the beach and a bomb sinker on the rocks.
Hook sizes will depend on the fish you are going to target and baits are not a lot different than you would use on a boat with blue bait, pilchards and squid the most popular but pipis and prawns will also work.
There is no one lure or soft plastic that will guarantee you catching fish and you will find everybody has a favourite but as I always recommend build yourself up a variety over time as no two days are likely to be the same.
Like fishing from a boat there are dangers involved in land based fishing and like boating it’s generally common sense that will stop you getting injured.
Be wary of your surroundings and know the possible dangers of where you are fishing.
There are thousands of anglers a week that fish from rocks, jetties and beaches and apart from the odd hook through the finger most go home unharmed, unfortunately though some don’t get home.
Rock fishing can be one of the most dangerous forms of fishing as we have seen over the years with several accidents at areas like Punchbowl and the rock ledges around Sydney.
These areas can also be as safe as anywhere to fish and common sense is definitely needed as it could just save your life.
If you are fishing an area new to you, first thing to do is ask a local find out the best conditions suited to the area.
Tell someone where you will be fishing and approximately when you will be home.
Know the tide as most open rock areas will have some level of danger on an incoming tide.
Before you even get the fishing gear out of the car spend at least 15 minutes assessing the swell size and wave patterns and if it looks dangerous it probably is, go somewhere else.
The most important rule, and the cause of several deaths from the rocks, is no fish or tackle, no matter how expensive is worth your life.
If you are just starting out or want to fish with the family, the jetties and beaches are probably the place for you to start till you get a bit of experience.
You still need to be careful as accidents can happen but the unknown rogue wave generally isn’t a problem like it is on the rocks.
The beach especially the back beaches is the best place to get started as there is generally less people, lower waves and more room to practice your casting and tons of room for the kids to run around.
Pick your day, pack a lunch and make a family day of it.
One of the best things about fishing is there is no level of experience needed and age is no barrier either.
There isn’t enough room in this report to go through everything so just drop in to see me, or your local tackle shop, and you will be able to get all the information you need to get started.
And in the event you do have a successful fishing trip, don’t forget to take a photo and send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with some details.
Fishing club grants open
THE State Government’s Target One Million plan to encourage more Victorians fishing more often includes a commitment to provide all eligible angling clubs with up to $2000 to promote memberships.
The Stronger Fishing Clubs grants program is open until March 31, 2017.
All Victorian angling clubs that have been in operation since January 2015 are encouraged to apply.
In order to be successful an application needs to demonstrate how the proposed project will promote and/or increase club membership and benefit recreational fishing in Victoria.
Suggestions for projects that could be funded include using the funds to increase memberships via open days, club room improvements, introductory fishing days, catch a fish days, guest speaker nights, website development, etc.
For further information, to discuss a potential project or for assistance with an application, email email@example.com or call Alyce Parker from Fisheries Victoria on 0407 805 153.
Trout season closes, cray season opens
RECREATIONAL anglers are being reminded that the season for trout fishing in Victorian rivers closes at midnight on Monday, June 13, however fishing for Murray spiny crayfish opens from June 1.
Fisheries Victoria executive director, Travis Dowling, said anglers would still be able to fish for trout in lakes, but that rivers would be closed from the end of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend to protect spawning trout and give wild stocks an opportunity to reproduce.
“The three month trout closed season applies only to rivers and streams, although sections of sea-run rivers, such as the Aire, Gellibrand, Hopkins, Merri and Moyne, remain open,” Mr Dowling said.
“Trout fishing in rivers will re-open at midnight on Friday, September 2, 2016.”
Mr Dowling said whilst some freshwater anglers would pursue trout in lakes through winter, others would turn their attention to catching Murray spiny freshwater crayfish in the state’s northern waters during June, July and August.
“Murray crays are a slow growing crustacean so it’s really important that anglers obey catch limits to ensure the fishery remains sustainable for future generations.
“The minimum legal size for is 10cm and the maximum size is 12cm.
“To help anglers measure their catch accurately, free plastic measures funded by fishing licence fees, are available from Fisheries Victoria by calling the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
“There is a daily bag limit of two Murray crays per person that applies when anglers are on or adjacent to inland waters and an absolute state-wide possession limit of four crays per person.
“Murray crays must be retained by anglers whole or in carcass form, however female crays carrying eggs or with young attached must be released immediately and unharmed.
“Up to 10 baited lines, with no hooks attached, may be used. Hoop nets are permitted too although the number depends on the waterway being fished.”
Learn more at www.vic.gov.au/fisheries or download the free ‘Vic Fishing’ app.
Ideal May weather for fishing comp
THE Venus Bay Angling Club enjoyed perfect weather conditions for its May competition.
This month’s comp saw a range of fish weighed in, including Trevally, Flathead and even a couple of Ling.
However, it’s definitely coming into Salmon season, with some very nice ones caught on the surf.
Winners were: 1st Michael DeHamer, Salmon, 2.12kg for 1060 points (Leading the heaviest fish for the year category); 2nd Terry Shelly, Trevally, 660g for 330 points; 3rd Joe Griscti, Salmon 560g for 280 points.