Spring is in the air
  |  First Published: October 2008

With the start of spring and with anglers itching to get back out on the water, the cold weather and the wind has not been kind. As a consequence, reports of fish have been a little sparse.

The inlet is still a bit quiet, but most species are starting to move. There are some nice garfish and salmon being caught. These fish respond well to berley and can be taken on the grass beds at the edges of most channels and backwaters.

There have been reports of large flathead getting around the grass beds but these fish are being very elusive. Good-sized fish have been taken from Old Port, but they seem to only be on the bite for about an hour either side of the change of tide.

Salmon are being taken at the entrance at Manns when the surf is roughest and pushes the salmon inside. They are easily taken by trolling chrome lures.

There have been unconfirmed reports of some large snapper being caught at the entrance of Port Albert and in the Franklin Channel at Port Welshpool, but it is still a little early for these guys. They should show themselves after the October full moon when the water starts to warm up a little.

There have also been reports of some nice whiting being taken out of Welshpool and Manns Beach.

Offshore, the fishing has been quite good, especially for the ever faithful flathead. Gummy sharks have been around all winter and are still being taken out of Welshpool and Whale Bay.

With the football finals over and the weather improving, we should start to see some nice catches of fish. So get out there and give it a go.

Natalie Whelan with a shark of the type you can expect offshore from Port Albert in the coming weeks.

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