Gummies Galore
  |  First Published: December 2010

The holidaymakers have arrived in the annual huge numbers and most have been happy with the fishing results.

It would be fair to say that the weather has been on and off, but even so there have been many boaters and land-based anglers keen to try their luck when conditions have allowed.

The Toora and Franklin channels have been very good as far as the snapper and gummies are concerned along with good size flathead. Information from the Welshpool Boat Storage is that the best snapper reached the magical 10kg mark and there were plenty not far off this size.

There have been quite a few sightings of great white sharks also making an appearance and one angler rang to say he saw some people swimming around their boat. He made his way to where they were and said that he had seen a big shark that looked like a white pointer not far away, and they wasted no time getting back in the boat, which seemed like a sensible thing to do.


Outside the entrance the snapper, gummies and school sharks are still being taken on a variety of presentations including pilchards, squid and fish fillets.

An interesting thing is that the squid that have been around for quite a while are still being caught which is good news. If you can get into the ear of a local, or contact the Boat Storage you will probably be pointed in the right direction around the weed beds.

They are great on the table and also double as fantastic baits and their presence will be a magnet for the larger predators such as snapper and sharks.

There have also been very good numbers of garfish being caught with best results being on the run-in tide.

Graham Godding is a local legend and just before this report he decided to try his luck and bagged a very impressive gummy shark that weighed in at a very impressive 25kg. Usually the big gummies are females but this one was a big old man that ran out of luck and was destined for the plate.

There have been quite reasonable numbers of whiting being taken and Dennis Carner was very happy with himself when he tried the Lewis Channel on the run-in tide. He was soon into the royals and finished with 19 with the best being a very respectable 38cm, which just about puts them into the thumper bracket.

Peter and Cindy Rose who run the local general store say that the local jetty has been very active when conditions allow. The best spot seems to be at the eastern end of the structure where flathead, mullet, silver trevally, leatherjackets and garfish have been making up very reasonable bags.

The best baits seem to be whitebait, squid strips and if you can get some, try bass yabbies.

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