By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo

This fisherman was pleased with his efforts, bagging this Gummy Shark during the week.

One of the quality Gummy Sharks caught offshore this week.

AS I sit here on Sunday afternoon writing this report it is a very ordinary day with plenty of rain and strong winds to come, but I am also looking at the forecast for the Easter break and at this stage it is very promising with a big high to park over us for the whole weekend.
While it doesn’t look like we will have a heat wave, the winds will be down and there will be some good patches of sunshine, which will mean great conditions for our Easter fishing competition and we should be able to raise plenty of money for the Good Friday Appeal.
We have finalised the prize lists now and apart from the category prizes, local businesses have been very generous in donating vouchers and other items and we now have around 25 prizes to give away as lucky entry prizes.
These prizes will be random draws over the whole weekend and you don’t have to catch a fish, you just need to enter.
Even if you can only fish one day over the weekend, it’s well worth entering for the chance to win some great giveaways, knowing your money will be going to a good cause.
Go to our Facebook page or drop in store for more information and entries.
With the school holidays this week there were plenty of people out fishing and the reports were promising for the weekend ahead.
There wasn’t as many boats out as I would have thought there would be with such good weather and most were fishing from the land-based spots.
This week might be different with many waiting until this week to have some time off to be able to combine it with the Easter break.
Over the Easter long weekend, we will be opening at 6am each day for those who want to get an early start.
With an early low tide, it will be perfect for a Whiting fish below the bridge in Cleeland bight before breakfast.
These tides are good because you can head out early and chase your Whiting, then head home for breakfast and head out again to chase something else on the high tide.
There were several boats offshore this week with the calm winds and low swell allowing all sizes of boats to be able to get amongst the Flathead.
There were some good numbers of Flathead caught this week and the size is now a mixture of large and small.
Most of the bigger boats will head a several kms offshore, while the smaller boats tend to stay in a bit closer and often those who stay in close catch more or as many.
We had some good reports from just outside the entrance inside the line of the cape still and even closer towards Punchbowl.
The numbers weren’t as concentrated in close as they were out further but there was a lot more variety.
The reports from in close was of the same quality Flathead but included the odd Pinkie, Mackerel, Yakka, a few Sweep and of course, plenty of Wrasse and Gurnard.
Schools of Salmon randomly appeared in most depths of water and if you were quick enough with a lure you had a chance of catching a couple.
Those fishing on any of the offshore reef have found some good Pinkies over the last couple of weeks as well as some good quality size Gummies.
Calamari reports were slightly better this week, not what we are used to or expect, but certainly better than the last few weeks.
The jetty at San Remo produced a few this week and were quality in size but from the reports there were plenty of shy ones in the water that weren’t interested in taking the jigs.
We had reports of a few from the Cowes jetty and from the Rhyll jetty, which seems to be getting better and better.
No reports from the beaches this week, but I don’t really know how many were even chasing them from the beaches either.
Boating and kayaks produced several Calamari reports, but not a lot in number or even much in quality size.
The reports from both the land and boats were more promising though, with several sightings of schools of Calamari or Calamari following up jigs, so hopefully they will be back in good numbers over Easter.
Whiting continue to frustrate with their inconsistency since Christmas and not just in number or size, but where and when to find them.
From the reports, customers don’t mind putting up with the size or numbers of fish and expect it.
What is frustrating people is that you can fish an area and drive away from them because you have had enough, then head out the next day to the same area at similar tide and not even lose a bait.
It does make it difficult and frustrating at times, because it’s obvious the fish don’t actually disappear, for some reason they just go off the bite.
What happens then is you start second guessing where to go next time you head out.
This happened to one customer who got plenty one day, nothing the next, then on the third day he was heading out again and decided to go to a different spot, only to find out later his mate went to the original spot and bagged out.
We didn’t see too many bag out but there was still some reasonable Whiting.
If you asked me where to fish, I would almost be guessing as much as you, but I would still stay with the run-out tide below the bridge and run-in tide above the bridge, especially with the tides this week.
A couple of reports came from Tortoise Head and the reports from around the Cowes area were from my kayak customers.
We did get reports from almost all the other areas you would expect Whiting to come from, but nothing great in numbers.