Get back to winter basics
  |  First Published: July 2012

All the surf beaches are fishing reasonably well when the weather permits.

The best reports have come from Woolamai Beach and Kilcunda, where Australian salmon up to 1.5kg have been taken. The best baits have been bluebait and whitebait. There have also been good reports at Venus Bay where salmon to 2.5kg have been caught.

The last couple of hours of the run in tide is the best time to fish this beach.

San Remo Area

Below the bridge at Cleelands Bight is still producing some quality whiting and calamari are still about in good numbers. In fact it looks like the calamari will fish well right through the winter.

Above the bridge and Dickies Bay is still fishing well with a few good whiting, if you can get past the rubbish fish. There’s still a few coming in off the Tortoise Head Bank and Reef Island. Calamari are being caught at Tankerton, Stoney Point and the Tyabb Bank. A few good gummies are coming in from the deep water off Cowes.

Flinders and Somers Areas

Some good squid have been caught off the pier and it looks like an early season all round for the squid. Snook are about in reasonable numbers over the reefs and weed beds and a few gummies have been caught off Balnarring Beach.

gear servicing time

If you are a whiting or snapper angler and you aren’t into surf fishing or on an estuary bank for bream or trout on a cold winter’s morning then it’s a good time of year to service all your fishing gear. It’s not rocket science providing you stick to the basics.

Simply strip the line off the reel, unscrew the handle and take the spool and the side plate off and don’t mess with anything else. Get yourself a plastic ice cream container, half fill it with kerosene, submerse the reel in it minus the side plate and give it a good swirl around for a bit.

The kero will dissolve all the grease and gunk from the innards of the reel and after a couple of minutes you will have a lovely clean reel inside and out. Squeeze some reel grease on the gears and slow moving parts and oil on the bearings and most tackle shops have reel oil and grease.

Put the side plate and the spool back on, screw on the handle and wipe off the excess kero with a rag. Re-spool the reel with new line and ‘presto’ you have a reel ready to work efficiently on the big reds and the silver bullets for the coming season.

A nice catch of winter whiting caught off the Tortoise Head Bank by the author.

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