Whiting still champions
  |  First Published: May 2012

The excellent fishing continues in this part of the world, which is great especially with late reports of boaters doing very well in the inlet and not having to venture outside.

The jetty has been going along very well where mullet, silver trevally, flathead and squid being taken in very good numbers. The best place as usual has been on the eastern end of the structure and if you are lucky there will be the odd 40cm pinkie will show up.

On a recent visit to the area I found that there were many land-based fishers trying their luck with most having something to show for their efforts.

The Lewis Channel continues to produce whiting to the 36cm mark and they are taking a variety of presentations including Bass yabbies, pipis and strips of pilchards. Mixed in with the royals are mullet, flathead and good size silvers.

The Franklin Channel has also been very productive with snapper to 6kg still being taken on pilchards along with gummies and very good-sized flathead. The water temperature is still warm enough to have the bigger predators showing up with the odd bronze whaler being taken.

I received a call from a Morwell angler Frank James who decided to try his luck on the run-out tide and caught three snapper to 3kg and a good-sized gummy. Towards the end of the day something big came along, grabbed hold of the big fish fillet bait and took off. In very short time the big fellow ran out of line and with seemingly no effort, snapped the line and that was the end of the day’s fishing for Frank but he wasn’t complaining.

On the other side of the inlet at Yanakie there have been plenty of big flathead, silver trevally and gummies being taken which pleases the proprietor of the caravan park, Tony Holgate.

The further good news is it seems plenty of sea grass has returned after a long absence and this appears to be the trigger for whiting to return. No doubt this will bring a smile to the faces of veterans such as John Evans who has fished the area all his life and will welcome the return of the royals.

Outside the entrance there have been very good results out wider where yellowtail kingfish have been taken on a variety of presentations. There have also been plenty of gummies, flathead and mako sharks taken for those with the experience and equipment.

Just a short distance to the west is Shallow Inlet, which has really been firing. The caravan park is run by Andrew Starrett who says that the whiting are in very good numbers and most anglers have been bagging out.

Boaters are also doing very well as far as the gummies are concerned. Flathead are also in good numbers as well as silvers and Andrew Starrett says that the good fishing should continue for some time and a visit to the area would be worthwhile.

This is a place that land-based fishers can also do well but there is a bit of a walk from the car park to the area where the best fishing will be with Australian salmon and flathead being the main catch.

If you are luck you might land a reasonable size gummy shark.

The whiting are going well at Welshpool and Wonthaggi angler Jock Mc Dermott looks happy with two of a nice bag he caught that were around the 40cm mark.

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