Andersons Inlet melts the winter
  |  First Published: September 2011

Even though the weather is freezing cold there have been times when the fishing has been red hot an Anderson Inlet has been one of those places.

Wonthaggi boater Tom Allan knows the area backwards and lately he has been spending quite a bit of time when conditions allow near the entrance near Point Smyth.

Tom has had best success with trolling lures where salmon have been to 1.5kg. The good news must have spread, as there have been plenty of other boats that seem to have been following Tom’s in his familiar yellow runabout.

Just inside the entrance boaters have been doing all right on the last half of the run-out tide in the vicinity of the bathing boxes. This is when the tide has slowed down quite a bit and whiting have been to 36cm and taking Bass yabbies, squid and small pieces of pilchards.

Land-based anglers have also been doing very well in the same area where experienced fishers will fish in the lighter coloured water. This is where there is deeper water and also where the fish are most likely to be found. The darker coloured water indicates heavy weed, which is capable of breaking off light leads, which just adds to the frustration.

There have been whiting being caught further up the inlet in the vicinity of Stevies Gutter as has been the case for some time. This is a spot where locals head for and like to use Bass yabbies that can be pumped at low tide. If you can’t get hold of any then squid and mussels will be a reasonable substitute.

Mahers Landing has also been fairly productive even though there has been a fair bit of fresh water coming down from the Tarwin River. There have been quite reasonable numbers of whiting up to 34cm being bagged on the run out tide and to a lesser extent on the first of the run in flow. There have also been silvers, mullet, flathead and even the occasional gummy shark making an appearance which can make a trip to this part of the world well worthwhile.

The surf at Venus Bay has been going along very well with consistent reports from all five beaches. Damien Hansch is a regular visitor and on a recent trip he did very well with dad John on number four beach. Traditionally the salmon perform best on the run in tide but this time they arrived at dead low water and weren’t too hopeful.

These fears were unfounded as it turned out as they ended up with a good bag of salmon that included a whopper that went 4kg: that is just about as big as the Australian salmon grow.

Wonthaggi angler Harry Robertson with a nice 800g bream caught in a local estuary on a Bass yabby.

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