By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
It was another week of little opportunity with only very small periods of fine weather, which several locals have taken advantage of.
But for those who live a distance away, the cobwebs are still on the boats.
With the ordinary boating weather, there are a lot more people fishing from the land and the reports this year have been extremely good, especially catches of snapper.
Being unable to get the boats out, has seen many chasing calamari off the land.
When there’s very few chances to get the boat out, I often have customers telling me they have left a bit of food in the boat or maybe the rods and reels weren’t cleaned properly because the plan was to go out more often than conditions have allowed.
When the weather does fine up, the rats have been for a chew or their gear isn’t working that well and they miss the good weather window.
That’s why it’s important that every time you come in, you have a routine to pack the boat up as if you are not going to use it for some time.
Food like packets of biscuits, chips and similar is the most important to make sure it is all taken out or sealed in plastic containers.
The other thing is dry berley, because this time of the year as it warms up is when the mice and rats love to nest and once they get in, it’s amazing the damage they can do in a very short time.
While you might think that your boat is in a shed or covered and nothing leaning against it, and there’s no way rats can get in, then forget it.
They always find a way as five of my customers have found out this year, with one having to pay just under $4,000 to repair the wiring and upholstery damage.
As I said last week, we have seen more land-based snapper caught this year than we have for many years and it is continuing.
The Newhaven Jetty fired again this week and nothing was reported over 3kg, but several between 1kg and 3kg – all caught on the last of the run out tide.
We only had a couple of reports from Cowes Jetty and one from the San Remo Jetty, but we started getting reports from some of the other land-based areas.
Sunderland Bay rocks, the old quarry rocks at Cape Woolamai and the beach in front of the Newhaven Caravan Park produced a couple more.
The rocks out past Foots Beach at San Remo also produced a couple of the bigger ones, with 2kg models from Punchbowl.
About the only spot I expect to get land-based reports from is the bank of the edge of the channel on low tide at San Remo, but we haven’t seen any.
Having said that, we haven’t seen too many fishing out there yet.
Boating Snapper reports have all come from the sheltered parts of the bay, close to Rhyll, Observation Point and Cleeland Bight, mostly due to the strong west-northwest winds we have had, making these areas the only spot to be able to fish.
The Snapper caught in Cleeland Bight have been a bit smaller than those caught at Rhyll, with 55cm the biggest we were told and a couple around the 5kg mark at Rhyll.
There have only been a couple of chances to fish the corals but even then, the wind was still strong enough to hold the boat side on to the waves and no one lasted very long in the uncomfortable conditions.
Because the wind has been reasonably strong, the sheltered areas where boats have been fishing are mostly whiting spots, with most boats targeting them but throwing a snapper rod and big bait out towards the deeper water.
The whiting reports have been excellent and many of them have been hooked on the snapper rod.
The condition of the whiting over the last five or six years just seems to be getting better and better, with mid 30cm ones almost round and well worth taking home.
The best report this week was from one boat that was telling me they managed 17 in a three-hour session.
While that only sounds ok, when they showed me a photo and told me the biggest was 45cm and the smallest was 40cm, it turned into a great report.
Most of the other reports contained a few bigger ones with the average around low to mid 30cm, but still very good quality fish and plenty of them caught on pilchard and squid.
Those fishing in Cleeland Bight were also telling me of plenty of draughtboard sharks still and sting rays or various types.
Those fishing towards Rhyll were saying that if cod were keepers, they would have bagged out and been home half an hour after getting there.
The area around Dickies Bay still contains no shortage of leatherjackets, but like all the other areas you just have to persevere as the better fish will eventually turn up.
With only six weekends until Christmas, plenty of customers have been in to organise their present shopping and taking advantage of our layby.
If you are trying to buy for a friend or partner, we can help advise you what to buy and also provide an exchange service if the item you purchased is not exactly what they want.
We have kits for beginners and can set up the whole family for a very reasonable price.
If you are a local or shop locally, keep your eyes open for the San Remo Traders December Christmas calendar of specials, which will be delivered soon or available to pick up in participating businesses.
With $500 of prizes to be won, it’s worth taking advantage of.
Long weekend of fishing
THE combination of a long weekend and nice weather conditions made angling on Andersons Inlet and the beaches very popular on Melbourne Cup weekend.
The Venus Bay Angling Club held its annual four-day comp, with mostly silver trevally and flatheads being weighed in.
1st – Tom Aulsebrook with a 1.70kg Flathead for 850 points
2nd – Michelle Godfrey with a 1.44kg Flathead for 720 points
3rd – Andrew Godfrey with a 1.08kg Trevally for 540 points
Junior non-members – Alistair Norris with a 200g Mullet and he also caught a trevally and a salmon
Heaviest Gummy – Paul De Hamer – 5.46kg.