Boat Ramps get a good workout
  |  First Published: December 2011

The boat ramps at Inverloch and Mahers Landing have been getting a very good work out as the daylight hours stretch out.

Boaters and land-based fishers are making the most of the great conditions.

The squid have been around in very good numbers and size has been very much appreciated where they have been taken on a variety of presentations.

Outside the entrance boaters are still doing very well on Australian salmon around 800g that makes them great on the table, especially after being bled.

Jim Hall asked me to go out with him one day and we stopped at a spot where there are usually whiting. As it turned out the royals failed to make an appearance but a large school of those good eating size salmon did.

We ended up with plenty, enough in fact to give some away to some people who have been keen fishers and really appreciate a meal of fresh fish.

Salmon as we all know are best eaten fresh as when they are frozen they have a tendency to go dry and not really good to eat. At this size and fresh, they are great.

Outside the entrance there have been quite a few small snapper being taken as well as gummies. There was also a report of a very impressive bronze whaler that was taken not far out from the entrance.

Jake and Mark Hopper, Matt and Warren Redmond took off from the Inverloch boat ramp and headed outside the entrance on a perfect day for trip. They headed for a spot at Venus Bay where they drifted around for a while and were soon into the flathead which were most welcome and to cap off a great day, managed some very impressive gummy sharks.

Back inside the entrance there have been good numbers of whiting to 36cm that are in great condition. The best spot it seems would be near Stevies Gutter where there are also quite reasonable numbers of gummy sharks up to Mahers Landing.

Land-based fishers have also been doing very well from the eastern side of Mahers boat ramp where there have been flathead, silvers, and mullet that have been making for worthwhile trips.

At long last there has been a bit of activity from the Tarwin River where there have been reports of perch and a few mullet, which is great news. The best time seems to have been on the last half of the run-out tide from the highway bridge to around the rock wall.

Land-based fishers are very happy with the fishing at Venus Bay where the five beaches have been productive.

Salmon as usual have been the main catches along with a sprinkling of flathead where they seem to be out a bit further in better numbers. A few gummies and tommie ruff are also making up bags and at the time of this report it seems that boaters and land-based fishers are being well catered for which is great news.

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