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Red Fish Come to the Fore
  |  First Published: November 2010



The warmer conditions have brought out big numbers of boaters keen as mustard to try their luck after the long cold winter.

The great double boat ramp at Welshpool will take just about any size boat and inside the inlet there have been quite reasonable numbers of gummies being taken on both sides of the tide.

Land-based fishers have been having a good time from the local jetties with silver trevally, mullet, garfish and leather jackets being taken on a variety of presentations.

Boaters have been tying up to the long jetty where there have been a few whiting being taken it seems, which is great news.

There has been no recent news of repairs to the old jetty and it appears that it is just too hard; unless there is a change of heart nothing will happen.

There have been quite good bags of squid being taken around the weed beds and garfish are also making up very impressive bags.

At the entrance the gummies, flathead and snapper have been putting a smile on the faces of anglers where the usual baits including fresh fillets, pilchards and fresh squid have been most successful.

Outside the entrance in the deeper water the very good size flathead along with gummies and salmon continue to put a smile on the faces of anglers and Andy Donaldson was happy with his efforts when he and a mate bagged out on flathead to the 1.5kg mark.

The Franklin Channel has been firing after a long slumber with snapper to 3.5kg making up very impressive bags along with gummy sharks. There was an early sighting of a big toothie in the area by a boater who thought it might be a white pointer that surfaced a short distance from his boat, but caused no other excitement.

On the other side of the inlet at Yanakie the whiting have not yet made an appearance as has been the case for some time, but there have been plenty of flathead and silver trevally with gummy sharks being well represented.

Shallow Inlet

If all else fails then there is Shallow Inlet, which is a short distance to the west and well worth a visit. I have received quite a few calls from happy anglers who have been taking very good numbers of Australian salmon and flathead.

There is further good news with whiting making an appearance after the long cold winter where the best results have been on the last half of the run out tide.

The name is a bit of a misnomer as the water goes down to around 15m even though is appears as not much more than a splash on the map but certainly fights above its weight and is well worth a visit.

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