Tides the key at Inverloch
  |  First Published: November 2008

Consistent fishing continues throughout Andersons Inlet. Fishing the tides in Anderson Inlet is very important for achieving a good catch rate of your target fish.

As the water temperature has increased, gummy shark catches have been consistent both in the Inlet and on the Venus Bay surf beaches. At the entrance, gummies to 1m have been caught on the incoming tide after dark by anglers using baits of eel, fresh fish fillets and whole squid.

Boaters at Flatrocks are catching the full variety of fish, with pinkies to 40cm becoming an increasing part of the bag.

Whiting to 45cm are taking mussel and live Bass yabbies around low tide at the entrance to Stevies Gutter. As the tide starts to flow, the whiting hide back in the weed beds. After that the trevally and salmon dominate fishing for the next couple of hours up to the high tide.

The main channel to Mahers Landing has good schools of salmon and trevally to 1kg moving on the tide through to Pound Creek. The trevally are best tempted with whitebait. A variety of baits are essential as the snapper run commences in Andersons Inlet around Melbourne Cup Weekend, with the Horseshoe being the best area to target them.

Further up the Inlet, trevally are dominant, with whitebait and pilchard fillets being the pick of the baits.

Schools of mullet are pushing up the Tarwin River as the water cleans up, with reports of fish to 38cm. Estuary perch to 1kg are in the usual haunts around the Venus Bay Islands and are starting to move up the Tarwin River, with fish to 45cm being caught as far up as the road bridge.

The Venus Bay surf beaches continue to produce good schools of salmon but those fishing nights are being rewarded with good-sized gummies of over 1m. They are taking eel, sauries and squid baits. The best areas to fish are Beaches 1, 4 and 5, where there are substantial holes and gutters.

The excitement of kids catching fish on the surf beaches as the salmon jump and thrust through the surf break is fantastic to watch. During the school holidays, Finn Homer from Phillip Island, fishing with his mentor Julian Seri, landed four salmon to 700g and was thrilled – as you can see from his face in the photo. Well done Finn!

For further information on fishing around Inverloch, drop in and see David Walsh at Rod Bending’s World of Fishing, Shop 1, 8 Williams Street, Inverloch. Alternatively, give him a call on 03 5674 3322, or visit www.rodbending.com.au

Finn Homer from Phillip Island with a salmon he caught at a Venus Bay surf beach.

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