By King George
THE cold windy conditions have not done a great deal of good as far as boaters or land-based anglers are concerned but that’s what we can expect at this time of year.
Phil from Wonthaggi and good mate Mike recently got away from it all for a few days and headed up north.
According to Phil they had a great time and among the variety of fish they caught some ripper blue bonefish that are considered second to none on the table.
Naturally, back home they had bragging rights and already looking for their next trip.
Wonthaggi anglers Steve Howell and Brian Allan travelled up north on a trip where the fishing was great.
Brian was very happy when after a long fight he landed a very nice bream that stretched the tape out almost to the magical 40cm mark.
Surf: Although the conditions have been a bit on the cold side there have been quite reasonable bags of salmon being caught on beaches such as Baxters, Williams and Kilcunda.
The temperature is fairly chilly but the diehards have been making the effort worthwhile.
The torpedo fish have been to the 1.5kg mark and being caught on baits such as whitebait, salted pipis and pilchards.
A variety of lures such as surf poppers have also been effective with best results being on the run in tide.
Inverloch: Not a great deal of activity from outside the entrance but no doubt there are good size whiting for those who know the area.
While the cold conditions will keep most fishers off the water the diehards who know the area will pick up good numbers of quality salmon.
Inside the entrance there has been a sprinkling of mullet, silvers, whiting and the occasional smallish gummy shark being caught near Pensioners Corner.
The best results have been at low water on both sides of the low water tide.
Still no news as far as far as the jetty has been concerned as the cold conditions have no doubt kept everyone away.
Up as far as Mahers Landing there have been scattered reports of fish such as whiting, mullet, flathead, silvers and coutta being bagged.
Every so often there will be the occasional gummy shark making an appearance and taking baits such as white bait, pilchard and squid.
They seem to be caught mainly on the run in tide and the results are that much better if this coincides with darkness as the fish will move in closer under the cover provided.
For those who know where to look there have been quite good numbers of perch being caught around Mahers Landing where fish to the 1kg mark are making the effort worthwhile.
Tarwin Landing is still productive where perch seem to be making up the majority of most bags.
The best results seem to be on the run out tide where baits such as Bass yabbies, sand worms and pipis have been the best of the natural baits.
A variety of soft plastic lures have also been effective when used close in to the reeds mainly on the run off tide.
The area from the Rock Bank that is near the entrance to above the highway bridge has been fairly productive and hopefully this will continue.
Venus Bay: The five beaches have been fairly productive where salmon have been in fairly good numbers.
There has also been a sprinkling of Tommy Roughs, flathead and the occasional gummy shark.
As is usually the case the best time to wet a line is on the run in tide.
There was a late report to King George from a visiting party that decided to try their luck at number two beach. As it turned out they were soon into the salmon and in short time that had all the salmon that they needed.
The fish were all around the 1.5kg mark and caught on squid baits.
Shallow Inlet: There hasn’t been any reports from the local caravan park but there have been other stories of good numbers of salmon being bagged to the 3kg mark on lures.
The fish have been caught on both sides of the tides which is good news.
There is also a sprinkling of silvers and flathead also being landed but no sign of any whiting which is usually the case at this time of year.
Port Albert: As to be expected the fishing has been a bit on the slow side but there has been patches of good fishing where flathead, silvers and salmon have been caught by boaters on both sides of the tides.
Boats have been confined mainly to inside the entrance but this it to be expected at this time of the season.
The jetties have been fairly productive given the conditions where there have been the local fish such as garfish, flathead, mullet, silvers as well as eels making up reasonable bags.
Lakes Entrance: Plenty of Mullet and Trevally to be found around the town jetties. Best bait being worm.
Eastern Beach and Lake Bunga are best for salmon on pilchard and poppers.
Offshore, at Six Mile Reef for rubber lipped morwong and leather jackets, taking pilchard and squid.
Lake Tyers: Devils Hole and down to Camerons Arm for bream, taking prawn.
Fishing around the snags and structures for best results.
No. 2 boat ramp and the islands are also good, try early morning.
Pettmans Beach for salmon and gummies.
Mitchell River: Grassy bank and the backwater, behind the post office for bream.
The Wyung bridge has bream and Luderick. Best results using prawn and spider crab.
Tambo River: Bream are about the cliff side of the highway bridge, taking shrimp.
From Rough Road to the highway bridge for bream around the 28 to 30cm. Morning and afternoon for best results using worm.
Nicholson: Best spots for bream are from the boat ramp, up to the highway bridge and the reeds taking worm.
Metung: Shaving Point and down to the town jetty for trevally and tailor
Keep the fishing info coming to King George on email@example.com 0401 199 223. Good Luck and Tightlines.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
THE first week of the school holidays the weather didn’t really play its part for those who brought their boats down to the island with only a couple of opportunities to go for a fish.
There were plenty that left the boat at home and just threw in the surf or jetty rods.
Fishing was difficult at times even off the jetties in the bay with the rough weather stirring up plenty of weed but it was only around for about half the tide and you could get plenty of fishing in once you worked it out.
Noel a good customer from Melbourne spent a couple of days fishing from the surf at Woolamai and although he didn’t manage too many bigger salmon he did catch plenty.
I had several other reports as well from Woolamai and all fish were about the same size.
Most of the reports came from Anzac Beach and just where you walked onto the beach but I did have a couple of reports from further around at the surf club.
Salmon reports also came from further onto the island at Smiths Beach and even off Cowes Jetty.
Kilcunda reports this week were the same as last week, frustrating with a lot of weed and some very big surf creating a strong sideways current.
I did get a couple of reports but very few fish and the reports came from a couple of visitors from Melbourne that spent an afternoon walking the beach between Cemetery and the bridge casting lures.
Calamari were also targeted by visitors this week and there were some good ones reported, not quite as big as I expect to see this time of the year but respectable size and just reward for those rugged up standing on the jetty.
If you fished every day you would have managed to get a good bag at some stage but there isn’t a lot of pattern and with much of the fishing being done by visitors, reports are coming from different times of the day and tides.
We saw a few from the boats but the wind all week made it difficult.
From all reports the water is reasonably clear and the artificial jigs were the best to use this week I think also because more reports came from visitors and not locals they are more used to the artificial ones.
I had a few more reports of whiting from around Corinella and Coronet Bay this week with the winds being more favourable than around San Remo.
I did get a report from a customer fishing Dickies Bay and fishing in Cleeland Bight but the numbers weren’t huge however the quality was excellent.
The whiting that are being reported around Corinella aren’t as big as the ones close to here but we are being told they are well worth the effort.
The whiting caught in Cleeland Bight were by a customer drifting for calamari and after catching one decided to use a bit for bait and put a whiting rig on one rod with very little weight and let it drift with them and were then successful.
Luckily they had put a couple of rigs in the boat with them, the problem was they forgot to grab the box with lures in it and during the day when several schools of salmon swam past they had nothing to throw at them.
THE Melbourne Showgrounds will be converted into a fishing, boating, outdoors and 4×4 expo from August 19 to 21.
The National 4×4 Outdoors Show and Fishing and Boating Expo showcases tens of thousands of products from over 200 leading exhibitors.
“We are thrilled to be bringing the National 4×4 Outdoors, Fishing and Boating Expo back to Melbourne again this year,” event organiser Paul Mathers said.
“The show will cater for all interests related to the great outdoors – from fishing, boating, camping, or four wheel driving.
“Regardless of what you’re passionate about, you’ll be in outdoors heaven at the show.”
The show features more than 30,000 square metres of products and services, and includes exhibitors: TJM, AFN Fishing and Outdoors, ARB, Opposite Lock, Aussie Disposals and Aeroklas.
There is also a line-up of special guests and industry experts at the show including Paul Worsteling from TV’s iFish, Roothy the Bush Mechanic, Jase Andrews from All 4 Adventure, Shaun and Graham from 4WD Action, and Rick, Jamie and Starlo from the Offroad Adventure Show.
Hosting the Campfire Cooking Corner will be ex-AFL player Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt and his wife Sheree.
Along with the Campfire Cooking Corner there will be: Tackle World Fishing Stage, WAECO Outback Stage, the 4WD Proving Ground and the Action Arena with ‘Outback Thunda’ monster truck.
The Sentinel-Times has three double passes to give away to the first people to mention the competition at the Wonthaggi office.
If you miss out on these free tickets, visit www.4x4show.com.au/MEL.
Long Jetty promise a ‘great win’
VRFISH, the peak body representing the interests of Victoria’s 838,000 recreational fishers has welcomed the announcement of funding for the full restoration of Port Welshpool’s iconic Long Jetty.
Constructed in the late 1930s and at over 900 metres in length Port Welshpool’s Long Jetty is the longest timber jetty in Victoria.
A fire in June 2003 partially destroyed the historic structure and it was closed due to safety concerns.
VRFish stepped up its campaign this year, in response to growing frustration within the local community and recreational fishers that appropriate action had not been taken.
Both major parties responded positively in the election campaign by committing the balance of $4.8 million needed to get the job done.
VRFish thanked Russell Broadbent, the Coalition Candidate for McMillan and Chris Buckingham, the Labor Candidate for McMillan for listening to the community and VRFish.
“Regardless of the Federal Election outcome, fishers and the community can be sure that the Long Jetty Restoration Project will receive the required funding to complete the full suite of works,” Dallas D’Silva, VRFish General Manager said.
“VRFish sincerely thank Jaala Pulford, Minister for Regional Development and her predecessor, Peter Walsh, MP for contributing $5 million from the State Government.
“We also thank the South Gippsland Shire Council for allocating $1 million towards the project.”
Mr D’Silva said recreational fishing in Gippsland is worth $381 million annually to the economy and a restored jetty will provide improved access for fishers of all abilities, especially families and elderly citizens.
He said improving fishing infrastructure such as piers, jetties and boat ramps will continue to remain a high priority for VRFish.