Warm water makes for hot fishing
  |  First Published: April 2012

The great fishing continues with the water temperature around 22C and as a result fish seem to be everywhere.

Land-based anglers are doing very well and with the long hot sunny days followed by warm evenings they can be seen lapping up the ideal conditions. Whiting have been taken in very good numbers from the entrance right up to Mahers Landing. On my last trip to the landing I came across Inverloch locals in young Jack who is 9 years old and had just came off the water with dad Mark. Even though they had failed to trouble the weigh master they enjoyed the pleasant conditions and will be out on the water again.

Back near the entrance at Pensioners Corner Jim and Peter Checkley were trying their luck as the water was running out. This is where there had been quite good numbers of whiting being taken mainly on Bass yabbies on the last half of the run-out tide and first of the run-in flow.

Screw Creek is one of those little streams that flows into the inlet near the caravan park and always seems to fight above its weight. Bream have been in very reasonable numbers to 1.5kg with Bass yabbies being the best of the presentations.

The Tarwin River has not been really firing in recent times to be fair but recently there have been very reasonable numbers of perch taking Bass yabbies and soft plastic lures. There have been a few silvers and mullet taking sand worms and Bass yabbies, which can be pumped at the entrance at Screw Creek at low water. The fishing platforms that have been constructed for fishing have also been very popular with land-based anglers who have been doing fairly well on silvers and mullet.

The five beaches at Venus Bay have also been going along very well where Australian salmon have been the main catch to 2kg. Reports indicate that number three beach would probably be worth having a look at first and if this fails then try the others.

Shallow Inlet is one of those places that always seems to be productive and since my last report nothing has changed. Whiting seem to be most prolific where they are to the 45cm mark and taking a number of baits including Bass yabbies, pipis, squid and small strips of pilchards.

Of course if you would rather look for something else you must be fussy but there have been very good numbers of gummies to be had in the deeper water where they will take pilchards, squid and fresh fish fillets.

Salmon have been taken on a variety of lures as well as big flathead and runaway silvers that will really test out gear and angler. I received a call from an angler Tony Parkinson who is a regular visitor to the area and with a couple of mates had a great day out on a mixed bag of whiting that were all around 40cm, silvers and flathead. Just to top off the trip they added a very nice gummy shark and Tony said that they can’t wait for a return trip to do it all again.

For the benefit of those not familiar with this area, it can be fished even when there is an east wind blowing providing it is not a howler and then of course all bets are off.

There is also no constructed boat ramp but vessels can be launched off the firm sand on both sides of the inlet. Just be sure to park your car well above the high water mark as that good boat full of fish feeling will quickly be dampened by a car full of water.

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