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Temperature slipping but fishing still great
  |  First Published: July 2012



The water temperature has slipped way down to 14C and as a result many boaters are inclined to call it a day but the truth is that there is still plenty of good fishing.

It would be fair to say that anglers have been having a bit of a battle but of course that is something that we must expect in this part of the world.

I received a call from Kelvin Gordon who said that he had just returned from the area where he stayed at the local park and decided to see if there were any fish on the jetty. He said that he threw in at the eastern end of the structure and after about half an hour nothing had happened.

Suddenly he had an enquiry and in just a few minutes he landed nine salmon that were around the 35cm mark that were taken on strips of pilchards. He said that he hooked into a very nice flathead but lost it at the surface but he wasn’t complaining. There have been a few similar stories from this area where salmon have been the main catch.

When conditions have allowed boaters have been doing reasonably well in the Lewis Channel and also in the vicinity of the long jetty. The best time to try your luck would be at low water on both sides of the tide. Whiting have been in fairly good numbers to the 38cm mark as well as a sprinkling of salmon, silvers and mullet.

I have been receiving more reports where very good size whiting have been caught in the deeper water, which is interesting. Of course this is not the first time I have heard this and maybe it’s not something different as the fish could have been there all the time just that no one has bothered to try these areas.

As has been the case for a while the entrance is steady where flathead and gummies have been the main catch on the last half of the run-out tide.

Outside the entrance has been worth while a visit where salmon have been in good numbers along with gummies. I have only received one report being of a visiting boater who ventured out to Hunter Point where he bagged two very nice gummies that were taken on squid head. He also landed three very nice flathead over a period of three hours but these reports have been rare.

The Toora Channel seems to be reasonable as far as flathead are concerned where Geoff Noad and a mate managed a nice bag as well as a good size gummy. It would also be fair to say that they weren’t cramped for room but this just goes to show that there are still fish around if you are prepared to put in the effort.

On the other side of the inlet at Yanakie there have been good reports when conditions have allowed. In the Doughboy Channel there had been good reports of whiting being taken but it would be fair to say that they will thin out over the colder months. The cold water may be a bit off putting to some but there will still be good numbers of flathead, silvers, gummies and tailor to be caught which will take a variety of presentations.

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