Warm smiles for hot weather
  |  First Published: November 2013

How great it is to see more hours of daylight and warm sunshine! The fish are responding well, and as a result most anglers are returning with smiles all round.

Anderson Inlet is busy, just as it is all year. Even through the winter there have been patches of good conditions where a very good variety of fish have been caught. There are extensive works to be carried out in upgrading the jetty which should make the facilities at Inverloch that much more comfortable.

Outside the entrance there have been plenty of tiger flathead and duskies being taken. Boaters have been travelling outside the entrance and making their way to areas such as Venus Bay, where just beyond the breakers the much-underrated flathead are being taken in good numbers to 50cm on a variety of presentations. Squid, whitebait and fresh flathead presentations have been doing the job, with fairly large hooks ensuring good hook-ups in large mouths.

Even though the entrance itself has been a bit on the muddy side there have been very good results of silvers being taken from the entrance up to Stevies Gutter. They have been to the 50cm mark and taken on both sides of the low water tide. These fish have a habit of just nibbling the presentations, and when hooked up they’ll take off at great speed and the battle is on. This is when the angler and equipment are tested to the limit.

As well as silvers there have been very good numbers of flathead and mullet taken. The results have been well worth the effort in spite of the muddy water.

The boat ramp is still very serviceable even though it is undergoing a bit of a facelift. The sand bars have undergone a change, which is something that we have to put up with after the familiar big blows.

Nearby Screw Creek is another of those little streams that always seems to fight above its weight. Wonthaggi anglers Alan Bentick and Graham Gray decided to try their luck for the Wonthaggi Angling monthly competition, and they managed a couple of very nice bream. There have been other positive reports from this area where it seems that bass yabbies and crabs have been among the best baits.

There have been very good results in Stevies Gutter where silvers in excess of 1kg are in good numbers and taking a variety of baits including bass yabbies, pipis and silver fish. The run-out tide has been most productive, and there are reports of quality salmon and whiting making an appearance.

Local anglers have been doing very well in the inlet. Just before penning this report I came across Jason Kitchener and Sam Bell who had just returned from a trip outside the entrance beyond the breakers at Venus Bay. They picked a perfect day and returned with a very impressive bag of big tiger flathead that were all around the 1kg mark.

The water at Mahers Landing has been a muddy colour after all the recent rain but that hasn’t stopped the great fishing. Salmon have been in very good numbers along with silvers, mullet and the occasional coutta. Boaters have been making a trip to the area known as the ‘A-frame house’ where salmon, silvers and flathead have been featuring in catches.

Land-based anglers are also doing fairly well off the boat ramp on the run-in tide where flathead, silvers and mullet are in fairly good numbers.

Further up the inlet near the double islands there have been good numbers of salmon, silvers and flathead being taken on both sides of the tide. For those who know where to look around Pound Creek there have been very good quality perch being taken on bass yabbies, silver fish and a variety of lures.

Shallow Inlet was comparatively quiet through winter, but the arrival of warmer conditions has changed all that. Good numbers of silvers are making their presence felt, and Andrew Starrett who runs the local caravan park says there are also plenty of salmon, flathead and whiting around. Andrew says everything is pointing to a very good season, and to show visitors just how good the fishing is he has put up a notice board for fish photos from the area. I’m sure he’ll receive many photos, giving lucky anglers bragging rights.

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