With Jim’s Bait and Tackle

JIM’S Bait and Tackle has a new home at Back Beach Road, San Remo, next to the library.

As we mentioned before Christmas, our current landlord had given us notice that they were going to be redeveloping the site we are on.

The shop is twice the size of our current shop, which means all the products we have in the storeroom that we can’t display, as well as plenty more new products, will now be able to be kept in the shop.

All our contact details will remain the same and we hope to make the changeover as painless and as short as possible for our customers.

We will be in the current shop until 4pm on Sunday, February 13, when we will close for a short period during the week and re-open at the new shop from February 16, then fully open on Saturday, February 19.

The talk of the last couple of weeks has been tuna and kingfish; the problem has been the weather though, with less than favourable conditions to chase.

The best part about the tuna schools that show up out here is the biggest difference between those catching them and those not has very little to do with experience, boat size or the value of your gear.

Tuna is a little different this year, with the first reports showing up towards Welshpool, then we had some from Port Phillip heads area and after that was around Cody Banks.

Locally, they are concentrated in that triangle from Cody Banks to Coal Point to Punchbowl and every depth in between.

They seem very flighty still and those out on sunup have the best chance of landing a few.

Those fishing for them are telling us there is plenty out there, but you hook one – maybe two – and then the whole school heads for the bottom and won’t come back up, so it’s off to find another school. The fish are a little smaller at this stage, mostly school fish around 10kg and we have only had two around the 30kg mark reported.

Small skirts, 4” or 6” and small hardbodies X-Rap 20 with a couple on 6” poppers and stick baits.

If you have a variety in your tackle box and what you have out isn’t working, try something else and if you still don’t catch any, then maybe it’s just not your turn.

Tuna weren’t the only fish chased during the week, and there were some very good other catches reported.

Flathead offshore have been very good so far, but I must add, once you find them.

Calamari reports have been regular from all the land-based and boating spots and so have the times of day people are catching them, before or after the traffic and the crowd.

It’s typical for this time of the year; once the majority of the boats hit the water or the swimmers start jetty jumping, fishing shuts down in the popular spots.

So to be successful, out of bed early or fish into the evening or look/try somewhere that is out of the way and not so popular.

Whiting have followed this trend and apart from those fishing the bookends of the day, it has been those heading to somewhere different, a quiet corner somewhere or into the deep that have caught a decent feed of fish.

We have had plenty of reports from the usual spots but from those who know when to fish there. Our best reports though have come from the deep where the bigger fish are hiding, typically those whiting around the 40cm mark.

One visitor we helped with a deep-water spot came in the next day telling us he doesn’t care if he never catches another whiting again.

Thinking he caught nothing, it wasn’t until he explained he was satisfied and would never expect to have a day like it again catching 12 whiting, with the biggest 44cm but the smallest was 41cm; I would be satisfied with a bag like that as well.

It has been a little stressful over the last month or so trying to work out our future, and we would like to thank all our customers that have been very supportive during this process and look forward to seeing you in the new shop for many years to come.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for progress and updates.