Wild Weather makes way fro spring
  |  First Published: September 2011

The weather conditions have been anything but friendly over the last month but there have been short patches of near perfect conditions.

Information from the local boat storage is that the howling winds reached the 160knot mark around Hogan Island, which puts this in the cyclone category. There were other reports that many penguins had been washed up on the beaches. Some beaches were also washed away in places.

When conditions did allow there were good reports of salmon being caught outside the entrance, and around the 30m mark flathead to 1.5kg were making up impressive bags under the circumstances.

The entrance is one of those spots where those with local knowledge will often go home with something to brag about. There have been reasonable numbers of good-sized flathead taken over the last month along with gummies.

For the benefit of beginners who are contemplating a trip to the area it is a good idea to keep an eye out for the weather. In this area the wind can come up out of nowhere.

If this happens, especially if it is against the tide it is a very good idea to head for home immediately.

There had been a couple of reports of whiting being caught in the Lewis Channel to the 36cm mark. Last month I reported that they had also been caught in the deeper water, which was good news and the trend continued where they were being bagged near the long jetty.

The other jetties have been all but deserted, but a visitor from Dandenong, Andy Hype, decided to try his luck off the breakwall of the boat from the shore. He had a bit of a wait and then hooked into and landed a very big salmon that went 4kg, which was about the same size fish that was caught by Korumburra angler Damien Hansch. This was all that Andy caught but was happy with his effort.

On the other side of the inlet at Yanakie there have been whiting being taken mainly on the last of the run out tide and first of the run inflow. There have also been flathead, silvers and gummies being bagged when conditions have allowed but with the water down to 8C there seems to be those useless skunk shards everywhere.

They will hang around for a while yet and should begin to disappear as the water temperature rises, which is at least something to look forward to.

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