Big rains change the game
  |  First Published: July 2012

The extended warm weather ended with a bang with huge amounts of rain even by local standards.

The traditional rains arrived and the local inlets have been flushed with fresh water; as a result there was very little fishing, which is usually the case.

Having said that there have been very good numbers of salmon making an appearance and the fresh water is usually a signal for them to turn up. One local angler decided to try his luck near the entrance and was very happy when he hooked into and landed a very impressive 53cm salmon. There have been many other reports of salmon being taken in this area and the situation has been much the same all the way up the inlet to Mahers Landing and above.

Whiting are also still in good numbers around Pensioners Corner and just before this report I came across a couple of keen fishers from Melbourne who had bagged some nice whiting. The fish were taken on Bass yabbies and slices of pilchards.

For those who know where to go there have been good numbers of estuary perch being landed. I went out with local legend Michael Yates and in short time we bagged out on perch with the best nudging the 1.5kg mark. As well as the perch there was a very nice mixture of flathead and silvers which made for a very productive day on the water.

The straight stretch up to Mahers Landing has also been productive where flathead are in good numbers as well as salmon, silvers and mullet.

With visitors to the area looking for a fish it is a good idea to seek local knowledge as to where you might catch a fish. You might not be put in the exact spot to catch a fish but if you have a rough idea where to go, then that is a good start.

Land-based fishers have been going along quite well at high water mainly on the run-in tide. Good-sized whiting have been bagged along with salmon, silvers and flathead. The markers above the landing are also worth trying at low water.

Above the landing there is a thinning out as far as the whiting are concerned but they are still in reasonable numbers of other species. You can expect to bag some very good size silvers, flathead, mullet and perch where they are being taken at low water on both sides of the tide.

At the time of this report the Tarwin River was full of muddy water and no one was venturing out, which makes sense. With any sort of luck as things settle down there should be good numbers of perch making an appearance and mixed in with them will be mullet and silvers along with good size eels. The best baits have been Bass yabbies along with sand worms and soft plastic lures are a great attraction. Many anglers don’t like the taste of eels but they make great shark bait and worthwhile chasing them for that use.

The beach at Venus Bay is still producing good-size salmon where the run-in tide as usual is the best time to wet a line. In the last full moon there was plenty of big gummies being taken on pilchards and squid and no doubt the same situation will present itself again on the next cycle. As well as the salmon there have also been good numbers of large flathead.

At Shallow Inlet the whiting have thinned out somewhat but there have been plenty of salmon that have been to 3kg, which will test out angler and gear. As the season wears on the torpedo fish will probably nudge 4kg and take just about anything that is thrown into the water. This is the time of year that big silvers will also make an appearance where they will probably nudge the 55cm mark along with mullet, flathead and of course those perfectly useless skunk sharks.

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