Good fishing on the horizon with warmer conditions
  |  First Published: October 2013

We can all look forward to some pleasantly warmer weather as spring really starts to get going.

I usually call in at the Welshpool boat storage and things have been very quiet in the lead up to spring. If that’s the case there then it’s fair to say that we are going through a quiet time in this part of the world.

There have been a few bright spots however and one was when local legends in Graham Godding and Malcolm Green decided to try their luck out from Welshpool. They didn’t have anything in particular in mind and for a while they didn’t look like troubling the weigh master.

However their patience paid off when a very unlucky 27kg gummy shark came along ant scoffed down a pilchard presentation. A fairly good battle followed and according to Graham his good mate did his best to set the fish free with the gaff on no less then four occasions. However after all the drama the fish was landed and at the end of the day they also had some very nice flathead to take home and the long journey outside the entrance was worthwhile.

Still outside, there have been schools of Australian salmon breaking the surface. I received a report from visiting boater Doug Hampshire who was told by a mate that a trip outside would be worth the effort. With a mate they headed out on a rare flat calm day and it wasn’t long before there were schools of salmon breaking the surface. They kitted up and threw out surface lures which were quickly grabbed and in short time they had plenty, so many that they only kept what they wanted and released the rest back until they were tired of reeling them in.

Inside the entrance there have been a few salmon taking baits and surface lures and silvers have been taking a variety of baits on mainly the run-in tide. On my last visit to the area there were three hopefuls trying their luck off the jetty but only had a couple of mullet and flathead to show for their efforts.

I decided to call Josh Dessent who is the new publican at the Port Albert Hotel. Josh is keen to get out on the water but has been having a bit of a hard time as spare time is something that he doesn’t have. He has plenty of news however as far as the jetties opposite his hotel is concerned. There are a couple of regulars who can always be found trying their luck from the woodwork.

Even though the conditions have been far from pleasant two locals were trying their luck. They told me that they rarely catch a whiting from the jetty but recently all that changed and not only were whiting caught they also bagged out on them.

For some reason there have also been many good numbers of squid making an appearance. The best results have been on jigs being used on a slow retrieve on the run in tide.

Outside the entrance there have been very good numbers of flathead and gummies being caught. The best results have been on the drift in around 20m of water.

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