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Loads of Variety
  |  First Published: December 2011



The good reports continue in this part of the world with a great variety of fish making up very impressive bags.

When conditions have allowed, many boaters are heading outside the entrance to Venus Bay where gummies have been taken in good numbers along with flathead and pinkies.

The area around the entrance known as Point Smyth is still giving up quite reasonable numbers of salmon to the 2kg mark that are taking a variety of trolled lures.

Wonthaggi anglers Sam Scimonello and Bill Kelly decided to try their luck just inside the entrance on yet another hopeful trip. They started off as the tide was on the way out and at long last Sam managed to land a very nice salmon which was just about his first while at the time of this report Bill had failed to trouble the weigh master.

Steve Wardle of Wonthaggi can always been found out on the water with son Ben who is just as keen. On a recent trip they managed a very nice bag that included snapper to the 4kg mark taken on pilchards.

Further up the inlet at another area known as the snags there have been reasonable numbers of whiting being taken to 45cm which is not unusual for this part of the world as this is the deepest part of the inlet. The time to try your luck is at low water on both sides as the tide as this is when the water is not flowing too fast.

The jetty has been very active apart from the huge numbers of boats that have been coming and going. Land-based anglers fishing from the jetty itself have been doing reasonably well with a good variety of fish including salmon, silver trevally, flathead and even the odd whiting making an appearance, but there is a fair bit of water mixed in with the royals.

Some land-based anglers are making the most of the situation as far as comfort is concerned and are taking along arm chairs and as one such angler said that even if the fish are not biting he was still enjoying himself by just relaxing.

Screw Creek has been fishing very well where good-sized estuary perch and bream have been taken with Bass yabbies. These can be pumped nearby and are very effective bait but if you haven’t any then try pilchard strips or spider crabs.

I have made quite a few visits of Mahers Landing which is also very busy as far as boats are concerned but the land-based fishers are not complaining as they are also having a great time from both sides of the structure.

There has been a very good variety of fish being taken with the best time being on the last half of the run-out flow and first of the incoming tide where mullet, whiting, silvers and whiting making up for good bags.

The Tarwin River has been a bit hit and miss, but after all the freshwater that has flowed down into the inlet and the situation return to normal there have been fairly reasonable bags of silvers and mullet being taken on the last half of the run-out tide.

Just remember that the tides here are vastly different to the Inverloch times and it would be a good idea to check them before making a trip to the area.

Another thing to remember as far as boaters are concerned is that at high tide boats cannot pass under the bridge as the water level will be too high.

This visiting angler looks content trying his luck off the Inverloch jetty.

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