The warmer conditions have brought this part of the world to life.
Land-based anglers have been doing fairly well from the local jetty where the eastern end has been producing the best results.
I was talking to Cindy and Peter Rose who run the local general store and they say that the cold winter has been a bit on the slow side but now things are starting to fire up with silver trevally, Australian salmon, leather jackets, whiting and a surprising numbers of eels making an appearance.
There are very good numbers of snapper and gummy sharks being taken in the Franklin and Toora Channels. Tom Davison was very happy with himself when he bagged two nice gummies and a 7kg snapper, which were taken on pilchards bought from the boat storage where there is always up to date information along with quality bait and tackle.
The entrance is very productive when conditions allow in water which is around the 40m mark and local knowledge is a huge advantage.
Outside the entrance there are quality snapper and gummies along with school sharks being taken on a variety of presentations. Salmon are still around and taking just about any type of lures that are thrown in the water.
Inside the entrance there have been plenty of squid being taken in the weed beds and of course they make great bait as well as being fantastic on the table.
Melbourne angler Rod Gilham is a regular visitor to Welshpool, and on his last visit with Kevin Buhagiar and Wells Humphrey they landed a very nice gummy shark. Rod figured that it was a female and after the photographs for bragging rights the big one was let go to swim and fight another day.
Rod is a great believer in this practice and on many occasions he has let big fish go free, especially gummy sharks as he says there is every chance they are female which makes sense. Well done Rod and I look forward to more of your positive reports. The fish were caught on a fresh calamari hood.
I recently received a call from John Anderson who made the trip down from Melbourne and headed out to the Lewis Channel. This area has been a bit on the quiet side for a while but he and a mate managed to bag 17 reasonable size whiting that were to 35cm.
It would be fair to say that they were not huge and a bit on the skinny side but at least they are worth while going after and as the season wears on they should only increase in numbers and quality.
This gummy was caught by Wells Humphrey with skipper Kevin Buhagiar and sent in by Melbourne angler Rod Gilham, who loves to fish the Welshpool area.Reads: 1231