Sparkling Fishing
  |  First Published: December 2011

The warmer conditions seem to have really sparked up the fishing in this part of the world.

On my last visit to the area I called in at the Welshpool Boat Storage where the news was all-positive.

The good news was that the water temperature was on the rise as to be expected, and places like the Franklin Channel were starting to fire. The thumper snapper have not really turned up in traditional numbers at the time of this report but no doubt won’t be far off.

The Lewis Channel is still firing and according to reports it would seem that whiting have been the main catch and they have been around 37cm and improving. Mixed in with them have been silvers to 50cm, as well as mullet.

I received a call from visiting angler Jordan Dale who is a regular boater from Morwell and has been doing very well in the Lewis Channel. His best results have been on the run-out tide.

Jordan also said that he usually travels to the area in November as he reckons that this is the best time of year to get into the reds and it will be interesting to hear if he has anything to report for next month.

Boaters have been tying up to the long jetty where it seems that whiting are really on improving with regular catches to 40cm taking Bass yabbies, strips of pilchards and squid. There have also been reports of the royals being taken further out in the deeper water, which is a bit unusual but no one is complaining.

I have had numerous calls from fishers in relation to the situation as far as the long jetty is concerned. The news is that there is no news as far as I can ascertain but the idea is to keep up the pressure as this is the only way that something will be done about this iconic structure that will gradually fall to pieces if something is not done.

The entrance has also been very productive when conditions have allowed with good-sized gummies making an appearance along with flathead to 4kg.

Further outside there have been salmon taken on a variety of lures as well as snapper further out but all the signs are that we are in for a great season.

Back inside the entrance, land-based fishers have been doing very well at the jetty with salmon, mullet, flathead and silvers being taken. As usual, the run-in tide has been the best spot to try your luck for some unknown reason but that’s fishing.

If you know the area there are very good numbers of flounder that can be taken along with garfish at low tide.

Jack Washington with a very good snapper, which are being caught at Port Welshpool.

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