By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
THE tea-tree is in bloom, the birds are making nests and the bees are active which are all signs that spring is all but here and spring means snapper.
Everything is indicating that we are going to have an early snapper season again judging by the fish we have seen already.
Although the majority we have seen over the last couple of weeks are resident fish the ones we have seen from the Cleeland Bight and Corals area are definitely new ones.
The weather played a big part in the lack of reports in November last year so the peak of the season seemed to be about a month early.
There was only a handful of reports from Newhaven Jetty last year but most customers didn’t get serious fishing from there ‘til the normal mid to late November which I think was too late.
Already this season we have seen two decent snappers from Newhaven Jetty and a handful from Cleeland Bight, all new fish.
Not that there are a lot of boats on the water, we are seeing just a handful of couta and salmon from the channel around San Remo whereas we would have normally had several reports by now.
They have been caught but only one or two at a time which is not what you would usually expect from this type of schooling fish.
I also haven’t seen too many birds working in the channel which I would normally see them at least every second day.
However, when I speak to customers that have been fishing in their boats they are seeing plenty of schools of small bait fish, schools of dolphins and even catching several salmon around the bay.
There are still more fishing land based because of the unsettled wind still but that will change if the weather of the last few days continues.
Those fishing from the land are finding plenty of salmon along the island’s open beaches but as has been the case all year nothing too big.
There wasn’t a beach that stood out and really just depended on the wind or weed as to where people were fishing.
We had reports from both Woolamai beaches, Smiths, Sunderland Bay, and Forest Caves.
The reports were more baits this week than lures but although we did get several reports over the week we also got plenty of reports from people that didn’t see a fish so as always with the surf it’s a bit of luck being there when the salmon swim past.
Those putting in the time chasing calamari in the boats or the land are being rewarded but a bit like the salmon we aren’t getting reports from many different places on the same day and it’s as if there is only one school swimming around.
This obviously isn’t the case but it’s just strange the way the reports are coming in at the moment.
Over the last 12 months or so we are starting to get more reports from areas that we have never had reports from before.
While these areas aren’t producing bags of calamari we have started getting more consistent reports.
Areas like Newhaven and Rhyll Jetty, in the boats around The Corals and along the edge of the main channel at San Remo.
Maybe they have always been there and people are now starting to fish for them.
Corinella ponders the thing about fishing
WHAT originally started as a simple passion for fishing, the ‘That’s the Thing about Fishing’ organisation is now an institution dedicated to assisting people in the community struggling with mental health issues.
Started by Glenn Cooper several years ago ‘That’s the Thing about Fishing’ focuses on using fishing as a therapeutic way to help people deal with their everyday issues.
Glenn teamed up with another fisherman, Brian Rowley, who shared his vision of wanting to teach people about fishing and promote the sport.
A family fun day was held on Saturday, August 20 at the Corinella Jetty, with families and kids welcome to come along and get stuck into some fishing.
“We try to work with fishing clubs locally to create awareness of issues in the community,” founder Glenn Cooper said.
“Today we had about 16 kids and their parents turn up for some fishing, which is a fantastic turnout.”
Those in attendance on the day braved a cold wintery wind to learn how to fish.
At present, the organisation has approximately 150 clinics across Victoria, with over 2500 people involved in assisting people who are battling mental health issues.
The organisation also assists disability groups, youth in trouble, men and women’s health groups and people suffering from depression.
“For these people, fishing could be used as a therapeutic way of changing their lives by giving them a better quality of life and enjoying the benefits that fishing has to offer, both socially and personally,” Glenn said.
That’s the Thing about Fishing aims to build programs that will get young people outside the house, and to teach them how to fish and increase their social interactions.
The organisation also works with law enforcement and schools to assist youth in trouble and at risk teens by setting up programs to utilise the benefits of fishing, as well as engaging with any groups or individuals who need an outlet for their everyday issues.
For more information about the organisation, visit the website at www.thatsthethingaboutfishing.org.au.