Silver Trevally from the jetties
  |  First Published: July 2011

The fishing in this part of the world has been great with plenty of fish to be had.

The local jetties have been very productive even though there has been a bit of a challenge at times with fairly cold conditions.

The chill has not put off Hans Grading who says that he never misses a chance to try his luck on the water. He decided to try the eastern end of the jetty and finished up with a very good bag of silvers that must have been waiting along with flathead, mullet and squid. There are very good-sized whiting to the 45cm mark being taken off the long jetty as well as silvers, flathead and mullet.

Boaters have been doing very well in the Lewis Channel where the whiting have been to 36cm. Information from the boat storage is that whiting have also been taken in unusual spots such as in the deeper water around 30m.

The royals have also been bagged by boaters who have been doing very well by tying up to the long jetty. Apart from whiting there have been quite good numbers of silvers, flathead and gar fish taking a variety of presentations.

The Toora and Franklin channels are a bit quiet as far as snapper and gummies are concerned but there are plenty of salmon that will make a trip worthwhile.

The entrance has also been very productive when conditions allow.

On the run-out tide there have been reports of snapper to the 4kg mark being taken along with flathead and gummy sharks where the best baits have been pilchards, squid and fresh fillets of garfish.

Of course things can change quickly and if there is a wind change up against the tide there could be trouble.

Outside the entrance there have been very good bags of salmon being taken mainly on surface lures as well as reasonable sized yellowtail kingfish making an appearance.

Many locals believe that the big fish are in very good numbers but for some reason are hook shy.

Of course there is always the exception when local angler Greg Buckland ventured out with a crew and managed a couple of monsters but there have been no similar reports since them.

Locals in the know have been doing very well as far as the gars are concerned where low water on the run-in tide has been producing the best results.

There have also been quite good numbers of flounder making an appearance, even though the conditions at times have been making it a bit awkward.

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