Whiting still biting
  |  First Published: June 2011

Over the holiday period the many visiting land-based and boat anglers had a great time in this great part of the world.

Now that things have returned to normal, it’s not so crowded but the fishing is still great.

The local jetty is still very productive where very good numbers of mullet, flathead, silver trevally, salmon and even whiting have been making up very impressive bags.

As usual the eastern end of the structure seems to be the best place to try your luck on the run-in tide. John Anderson is a regular visitor to the area and says that on a recent trip he decided to try his luck and in short time had a mixed bag of salmon, silver trevally, flathead and two squid that were taken over two hours.

For those who know where to look there have been plenty of garfish being taken at low water along with flounder. Squid seem to be everywhere, which is also very good news for the area as they are great on the table as well as making outstanding bait.

Warragul angler Paul Murphy really likes this area and on a recent trip managed some very nice whiting to the magic 45cm mark, naturally giving him bragging rights for quite a while.

He also bagged a sprinkling of other fish including salmon, flathead and garfish.

The Lewis Channel has been well worth a visit where whiting, salmon and silver trevally have been taken on a variety of presentations. The best time to try your luck seems to be on the run-in tide.

A favourite spot for boaters is to tie up to the old jetty where whiting have been making for some worth while trips and mixed in with them have been of salmon, silver trevally and flathead.

When conditions have allowed, the entrance has also been very productive at low water on both sides of the tide. Flathead, gummies and snapper have been caught where the water goes down to around 40m. This area is very popular but has its moments and conditions can quickly change.

When the wind suddenly decides to blow up against the tide this can spell danger and it is best to head for shelter immediately.

Reports from the Welshpool Boat Storage indicate that the salmon seem to be everywhere as they usually turn up in big numbers at this time of year. Of course they are always around but through the colder months their numbers explode.

For the information of visitors contemplating a trip to the area, there is a very good boat ramp that is well sheltered and takes crafts of all sizes, as well as wash down facilities.

Outside the entrance the salmon have been spotted in large schools on top of the water as well as stripy tuna. Gummy sharks, flathead and snapper, who are in fairly good numbers.

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