Stock up on silvers
  |  First Published: July 2008

There may not be a lot of rain but temperatures have turned icy. Football season is in full swing and so is the winter fishing. Don’t forget the fish are still out there!

It’s time to service those snapper and shark rods and reels, then get out the light gear and have some fun.

With the hot run of salmon that has been around it’s a good time to get out the light spin tackle and fly gear and have a crack at these cold water speedsters.

The hottest bites have been Manns Beach Entrance, Port Albert Entrance and the beaches from Port Albert to McLoughlins Beach.

The Port itself has been producing nice-sized garfish. These make a nice table fish for those that enjoy a feed of sweet fish. Robinsons Beach is a good place to fish for garfish also. The edges of weed bed on the run-out tide is the best combination for getting a good feed.

July is also the time to start gathering your bait for next shark season. A day spent chasing silver trevally, while being good fun in itself, will also help bait stocks when the spring run of gummy sharks starts again.

The best places for trevally have been down at Old Port or up at Nine Mile Creek. Squid and bluebait are accounting for most fish. Silvers respond very well to a light berley trail of fish pellets run out into the deeper holes in these areas.

Whale Bay has been red hot, with large flathead being taken in good numbers. The best baits are squid and bluebait. There is still the odd gummy shark being caught out in Whale Bay, and the seven-gilled sharks are getting more prevalent as the water temperature drops.

So, don’t sit in front of the fire – get out there and have a go! The fish are waiting for you.

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