Silver-lining to bad weather
  |  First Published: December 2013

Even old timers say they can’t remember such a sustained run of bad weather, which has had a negative effect on boaters and, to a lesser extent, land-based anglers. Nevertheless, it must end sometime, and sooner the better!

The good news is that the long jetty has been opened after a long period of closure that will please anglers no end. So far I’ve not received any reports, no doubt due to the weather, but that will all change as the better weather and conditions arrive.

The local jetties have been all right when conditions have allowed. I came across a local fisherman trying his luck on a rather windy day. He had a couple of reasonable size flathead for his efforts but was expecting more as the tide was on the way in and that is when the results seem to improve. I spoke to another visitor who travelled down from Melbourne but he had failed to trouble the scorer and was busy trying to get out of the very chilly southwest wind.

The entrance has not been too bad for boaters with flathead being the main catch. Eddie Garrison and a mate decided to try their luck on the last half of the run-out tide and ended up with four very good size flathead that were to the 1.5kg mark and all taken on strips of pilchards. Eddie said that he hooked into a big gummy shark and after a long battle got the fish to the surface only to see it spit the hook and slowly swim off into the depths not to be seen again.

Information from the boat storage is that there has not been much activity due to the awful conditions, but when there has been a break in the weather there have been enough fish to make the effort worthwhile. One crew who has a boat in storage went out one fine day and headed to the Franklin Channel. In fairly short time they had enough good size flathead to the 1kg mark to put a smile on his face.

Yanakie is one of those places that is always worth a visit when conditions allow. Lachlan Roberts now runs the caravan park and is a keen fisherman. He says that even though the weather has been awful there have been visitors trying their luck from shore where flathead are being bagged in reasonable numbers.

Lachlan also says that there have been early reports of whiting, which is good news if not unusual. Usually at this time of year the whiting seem to be somewhere else and their place is taken by silvers, flathead, salmon and of course those useless skunk sharks. The area is also renowned for the quality gummy sharks that will make a trip to the area well worthwhile. Lachlan says that he is only too happy to answer any enquiries and is looking forward to a bumper fishing season.

Port Albert is slowly coming out of the horror winter, which will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Josh Dessent who is the new publican in the town says that the fishing has been quite reasonable and will improve. Local legend ‘Boot Boot’ can always be seen trying his luck off the jetty. When I visited the area prior to this report he was very happy with himself when he bagged a red gurnard, which is unusual for this area to say the least. Josh says that he can’t remember one being caught off the jetty in recent times.

The good news is that flathead seem to be just about everywhere; boaters and land-based anglers are doing very well. Boaters have been very happy with their efforts in the area known as Snake Channel where flathead have been to the 2kg mark. Very good size gummies have also been bagged along with early snapper and a visit to this part of the world would be well worth the effort.

Josh Dessent can be contacted at the hotel and he will have all the latest information.

There is also a further attraction to the area at the hotel where Josh says there is accommodation and breakfast at the rear of the hotel for boaters and land-based anglers at very reasonable cost. There is also ample parking for vehicles and boats.

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