With rapidly improving conditions, the boating activity is starting to now pick up and there has been plenty of activity around the jetty.
George Jacobson likes to try his luck from the structure and like many other land-based fishers favours the run-in tide where the eastern seems to be the area where the fish are most responsive. On a recent outing George managed a mixed bag of silver trevally, mullet, flathead as well as Australian salmon that were caught just on evening. There have been quite a few similar reports and with the temperatures at long last on the rise the situation should improve greatly in the near future.
Boaters are also doing very well in the Lewis Channel near the out of commission long jetty where whiting to the 38cm mark are being taken on Bass yabbies, squid and small strips of pilchards. The best results have been on the last half of the run-out tide and maybe the first bit of the run in water.
As usual the entrance has been producing good results on the run-out tide and shortly before this report I received a call from Xavier Ellinghouse who has a couple of favourite spots in this part of the world and has managed very good bags of big flathead and gummies but try as he might, has failed to bag a big red this season.
Outside the entrance around the islands there have been good bags of flathead, gummies, salmon and a few yellowtail kingfish but the conditions have been at times making the going awkward. The idea is to take plenty of fuel so you will get there and back safely.
The Franklin Channel is giving up quite good numbers of gummies, flathead, snapper that are being taken on pilchards, fresh fillets of silvers or salmon as well as squid. The water temperature is now heading north at a fair rate and the present situation will only improve which is good news. For those not familiar with this area there is a very good boat ramp, which is multi use as well as ample car parking.
On the other side of the inlet at Yanakie the good fishing continues where flathead seem to be just about everywhere. They are taking a variety of presentations and just not fussy at all. The flathead will also take soft plastic lures and the best results have been on the run-off water where they are just flicked to the edge of the channels where the big fellows are coming off the shallow banks and looking for an easy feed.
Doughboy Channel has been very good where flathead seem to be everywhere along with silvers, gummies and big silvers are making up very impressive bags.
Kelvin Gray can often be seen trying his luck and more often than not he will have something to take home. Kelvin says that on his recent trips he has not failed to take home some big flathead and silvers that will take just about anything that is thrown in the water.