Fishing excellent in between strong winds
  |  First Published: March 2013

There have been good patches of fishing when the wind hasn’t howled and this should continue for some time.

The local jetty has been fairly productive though where anglers are doing well with best results being on the eastern end of the structure. Locals have been trying their luck and catching a variety of fish which include leather jackets, silvers, garfish and squid.

John Cramer and a couple of mates decided to try their luck at the entrance and picked a fine day with no wind whatsoever. They were loaded up with a variety of baits including fillets of silvers, pilchards and squid. They fished the last half of the run-out tide and managed a nice bag of snapper that were all around the 4kg mark. There were a couple of good size gummies as well as three big flathead.

There have been other similar reports from this area and further outside more gummies have been reported to be taking quite a variety of baits. Out much wider there have been a few makos and bronze whalers being caught which it to be expected at this time of year.

The reports from the other side of the inlet at Yanakie are also positive where Tony Holgate says the fishing has been great. His only regret is that he can’t get out often enough due to ties at the caravan park he is looking after on the foreshore.

As well as the whiting there are very good numbers of silvers, flathead and big gummies making this area a must fish destination.

Land-based fishers are also happy with the situation where there have been good numbers of gummy sharks and flathead being taken where best results have been on the run-in tide. The results have been even better if this coincides with dusk as the fish move in closer under the cover of darkness. For those who have an interest in prawns, they are being caught in very good numbers so it is all go at the time of this report.

Not far to the east at Port Albert the situation has been very positive for some time and not so much wind. I called in at the local General Store and spoke to the owners Rob and Ulla Killury. Rob said that the fishing has been great with very good numbers of bronze whaler sharks being caught and weighed in at his store. Rob has a gantry where the big fellows can be weighed in and says that there have been plenty so far this season. He says that there have been large numbers of smallish hammer head sharks also being caught which is a bit unusual but no one is complaining. Rob also says that he has scales which will accommodate the smaller fish.

The jetty has been going along very well where the best results have been on the run-in tide where flathead, silvers and garfish have been taken in fairly numbers. I came across a couple of visitors in Toni Skinner and Brian Bnugwana who had just a few flathead but they weren’t complaining as they had caught plenty before and realised that the run-out tide was not ideal especially as they were battling plenty of weed.

The good fishing news spread quickly of course and it wasn’t long before John Mc Fayden and a mate Matt Lowerson decided to pay the area a visit. Fairly happy they were as it wasn’t long before they were into the whiting that stretched the tape out past the 40cm mark. As well as the royals that managed some very good size yank flathead and snapper that were taken on a variety of baits.

The nearby Albert River has also been worth a visit where silvers, mullet and perch are being caught.

For the benefit of those not familiar with this part of the world, smallish boats can be launched from a ramp dug out from the bank.

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