Mixed bag for inlet
  |  First Published: December 2010

The warmer conditions have certainly brought on a huge variety of fish in Anderson Inlet.

A large variety of species have been putting a smile on the faces of local and visiting fishers.

I was visiting the Inverloch jetty when I came across visitors Rob and Alan McIver who had just returned from a trip out on the water in the vicinity of the Bathing Boxes. They decided to try their luck on the last half of the run out tide and really got into a good school of silver trevally to 900g that were all taken on whitebait.

There have been good numbers of whiting that have been a bit on the skinny side but as the water temperature increases so too will the size of the royals where Bass yabbies and small strips of pilchards are the stand out presentations.

There were plenty of boats on the water and I decided to have a look at Maher’s Landing where local angler Jarrod Hale and Swedish girlfriend Johanna Ottosson had just returned with some very nice silvers which were also around 900g. It would seem that from other reports that there are plenty of silvers in the inlet which is great news.

Grant Field from Neerim South took his son Adam and daughter Emma to Doyles Road which is at the top end of Anderson Inlet where the kids had a ball on a school of mullet and were only too happy to pose for a photograph at the rock wall.

Tarwin River

The Tarwin River has come to life after a long cold winter and currently estuary perch are into their spawning season.

Inverloch angler Michael Chiodo had a new type of plastic lure that he was keen to try out near the mouth of the river. This turned out to be a good idea as Michael was soon into a 38cm perch and being a big fellow he wisely decided to let it go as there was every chance that it was a breeding female probably full of eggs.

Visiting fishers from Melbourne Peter Poulter, Melanie Moore, Peter ‘Dummy’ Moore and ‘Scotch’ Walker were also found at the rock wall trying their luck but at the time of my visit they had failed to trouble the weigh master but they were just enjoying themselves on a fine sunny afternoon.

The fishing platforms have been getting a fair work out between the highway bridge and the hotel where there have been reasonable numbers of perch and mullet being taken on Bass yabbies and sand worms.

There are also plenty of eels and with the river in great conditions after the winter rains it seems that this area would be well worth while a visit.

Adam and Emma Field with some of the mullet they caught at the top of Anderson Inlet.

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