By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
IT’S been a bit of a struggle putting a report together this week with very few people fishing and the weather not the best.
It’s no different at the moment than most years for these couple of months with patches during the week of good conditions.
Those catching fish this time of the year are generally locals lucky enough to be able to just drop everything and go fishing when the conditions are right.
We did have a couple of days worth getting the fishing rods out.
You can definitely notice on days with very little cloud and a bit of sun the days getting longer and before we know it we will be talking about Christmas being just around the corner.
Now is the time to get all your maintenance done so come the fishing season you are ready to go and not sitting around waiting for your boat to be serviced or rods and reels repaired.
We notice the season is just around the corner because every second day a new season catalogue or price list arrives and we have several tackle shows to go to over the next month to organise our stock for the season.
As is always the case shelves are a bit empty over the winter period but with orders going in now they will soon be overflowing again as much of our new stock comes in early September.
Salmon make up almost all the land based reports and finally they seem to be heading into the beaches at Woolamai with more consistency.
There were some good numbers caught at Anzacs during the week but while they might be coming to the beach more often there is no consistency as to when is the best time.
The salmon are only average in size with the best ones not much bigger than 1kg and most closer to 600 grams but when the numbers are better it makes up for not getting bigger ones.
I did get reports from Kilcunda much the same and some very good reports from Inverloch.
Many of the fish were caught on lures with blue bait the best bait but if you are using bait, especially at Woolamai you will need some bait cotton and surf poppers because there are plenty of crabs pinching baits.
Boating didn’t produce much this week but I guess when only a handful of boats headed out for the week not a lot was going to be reported anyway.
There were a couple of customers having a look for a whiting or two but didn’t have a lot of luck only finding a couple.
For the last couple of weeks most of the couta reports have come from Cleeland Bight and this week wasn’t a lot different except there was a couple of reports from the main channel above the bridge.
I did hear of a couple of good size snapper being caught off Corinella and I did see a photo of a 1m snapper caught and released a couple of weeks ago by one of my kayak customers.
A few customers reported calamari this week from boats and land based and they said the calamari weren’t that hard to find.
The boats produced a few more than the beaches or jetties and the story and the sizes were much the same.
White, orange and bright pink best colours with just as many caught on baited jigs.
While not many big ones there was some good whole bait size and several that were perfect for using the whole head as a bait and best hood size for eating.
Fishers rejoice at stronger clubs grants
VRFish, the peak body representing the interests of Victoria’s 838,000 recreational fishers, congratulates the Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford and Fisheries Victoria for kicking off the $2000 fishing club grants.
Angling and diving clubs have a long and proud history in Victoria.
They are one of the cornerstones of recreational fishing and part of our social fabric.
VRFish Chairman, Rob Loats said fishing clubs are a meeting place for fishers of all persuasions.
“They not only teach kids how to fish, they are a gathering place for fishers of all backgrounds.”
One of the centre pieces of the Andrews Government Target 1 million program are the $2000 grants for clubs and associations to boost membership and help grow fishing.
The club and association grants are now open and $100,000 has already been allocated to 50 clubs by the State Government.
VRFish General Manager, Dallas D’Silva said the $2000 club and association grants are a fantastic investment in grass roots fishing.
“We congratulate Minister Pulford for this initiative and delivering another great win for recreational fishers.
“Stronger fishing clubs and associations mean a more resilient fishing community.
“It also means less kids on IPads and X-boxes and more kids enjoying the great outdoors.
“The grants are now open and we encourage established clubs and associations in Victoria to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.”
Further details on the grants program can be accessed at http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/fisheries/recreationalfishing/target-one-million/stronger-fishing-clubs
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