Bagging out at the inlet
  |  First Published: April 2008

My previous reports have all been positive about Anderson Inlet, and this month is much the same.

Outside the entrance there have been very good numbers of mako sharks, bronze whalers and blue sharks, which have been taken out wide. Closer in, good numbers of gummy sharks are also having a taste.

Just outside the entrance, whiting to 40cm are commonplace and local Jules Tiziani has been doing very well with mate, Peter Clarke, who has been having a ball on the royals. There have also been very impressive silvers, in excess of the 2kg mark, which really give a great account of them-selves on the light gear.

Inside the entrance, David Walsh who runs Rod Bending’s World of Fishing, says that pinkies are just about everywhere and are being taken on a variety of baits including pilchards and squid.

Salmon are turning up in schools, which are great entertainment on lures. There are quite a few fish escapes, allowing them to fight another day. Many experienced anglers use just one hook, instead of the traditional three, as they reckon that the single arrangement has a better success rate.

Land based anglers are doing very well at low water on both sides of the tide, whiting are being bagged in good numbers to the 35cm mark. Bass yabbies are the stand out presentation and they are easy to pump at Screw Creek. If you can’t get hold of any of the nippers, then pipi and white bait are a good substitute.

The Tarwin River has very good numbers of perch. At the entrance, in the vicinity of the rock wall, there have been pinkies to 1.7kg taken. The mini reds should stick around until there is heavy rain, but until then they will call this part of the world home for the time being.

Shallow Inlet is still very popular with boaters and land-based anglers. Ray Mountain says that the whiting are still being taken to 38cm. The big mullet are mixed in with the royals, silvers, flathead and pinkies, to the 2kg mark. There is plenty for anglers to smile about.

I was talking to visiting angler, Graham Donald, who says that he loves fishing the area and on a recent visit he bagged 19 whiting that were all around 36cm, along with 9 mullet and a 1.5kg silver. His fishing mate looked on green with envy as he battled to make any impression on the bag. How many times have we heard that?

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