The season has started well, with a good run of fish being caught both in the inlet and outside.
Whale Bay has been fishing well for gummy sharks. Fresh local squid, cured eel and pilchards are the most successful baits. A good by-catch while chasing the gummies is the large number of quality flathead. They can be easily taken on baits or soft plastics. A few early bronze whaler sharks have been causing fishers havoc, so maybe a line with a bit of wire may do the trick.
Gummy sharks have also proven a worthwhile target inside Port Albert. A number of sharks to 1m have been caught two days either side of the moon. One Tree is a good spot to try for those fishers that don’t venture outside.
The snapper are now in full swing, with anglers catching them both inside and out on the reefs. Snapper have been taken from Manns to Woodside, with squid and pilchards accounting for most of the fish. The Snapper Flash from McLoughlins Bait has proven a real winner, accounting for snapper big and small. These hand-tied Jigs come in three colours and are working well.
Whiting to 47cm are being taken at Port Albert around the Basket Beacon. The Entrance and Old Port are also producing good numbers of whiting.
The Port Albert Jetty is producing nice fish too, with mullet and trevally being caught along with the odd flathead. This is a great place to take your kids for a day’s fishing – and if you don’t catch a fish there is a fish and chip shop at the end of the pier!
Squid is a good tough bait for kids. We all know how they love checking their lines, so tougher baits will help keep them fishing longer.
Port Welshpool is fishing well, with some beaut snapper and gummy sharks being taken recently. The Franklin and Toora channels are good places to try for these species.
Gummies can also be found at the Welshpool Entrance, while nice whiting and calamari are available in the Lewis Channel. There have been some big white sharks spotted, so haul your fish up quickly or you may get only half of what you were expecting.
The pipi season did not eventuate, so we have none. They will be in very short supply this season, so please don’t give the local shop owners a hard time. If you get your hands on any, treat them like gold! Jap clam and cockles are good alternatives for whiting.
So get out there and give it a go, there is something for everyone.
For all the latest info on fishing at Port Albert or Port Welshpool, drop in and see Darren and Leonie at Alberton Roadhouse, on the South Gippsland Highway right at the Port Albert turn-off. They are open from 6.30am (5am on weekends) and have a full range of fishing tackle and bait for sale. Alternatively give them a call on 03 5183 2450.Reads: 11451