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Calm times catch fish
  |  First Published: December 2013



So far it’s been one step forward and two steps backwards as far as the weather was concerned. Just when things began to look good, along came a huge cold front and took us back to winter again. However, there have been more frequent patches and things did come good with decent bags of fish becoming more frequent.

Anderson Inlet has been the exception; it’s been great all through winter when conditions have allowed.

Amanda Keilar has been doing very well at Inverloch and on a recent trip had a impressive mixed bag of fish that included flathead, silvers, salmon and a 3kg ripper yank. She is very keen on her fishing and wonders how those little sand crabs would go when they appear on the beaches at low tide. They are quite all right but the black spider crabs seem to be much more productive.

The sand bars have moved around quite a bit at Anderson Inlet and as a result the markers have all but been removed. The best bet would be to find some high ground and look down at low tide to see where the channels are now.

The areas known as the Bathing Boxes and Pensioners Corner have been going along very well, which is further good news. Quite a good mixture of fish have been taken when the tide is not too fast at low water on both sides of the tides.

The jetty is now completed at Inverloch after repairs and open for fishing. Locals and visitors have been visiting the area in good numbers where there have been large schools of fish to the 35cm mark. The best time has been on the run-in tide up to its peak and things seem to go a bit quiet after the turn. The fish are taking virtually any small bait that is thrown in the water. They are also great on the table but must be fresh as they are not much value after being frozen.

The mullet seem to be everywhere right through the inlet and give a great fight.

Meagen Smith is a visitor from Queensland and decided to try her luck around Mahers Landing. She was with her boyfriend in a tinny and headed up towards the Double Islands on a reasonable day, but the wind was a bit on the choppy side coming from the southeast. That didn’t matter though as they managed a mixed bag consisting of flathead, mullet and a very nice pinkie that were caught on the run-off tide.

Land-based anglers have also been going well off Mahers Landing where salmon are to the 1kg mark, along with good size silvers, flathead and the occasional gummy.

There have been a few perch being caught in the Tarwin River but it would be fair to say that they have been a bit on the scarce side. The reason being is that with all the fresh muddy water coming down from the hills most of the fish are being pushed down into the inlet.

The news is positive as far as land-based anglers are concerned at Venus Bay. Salmon are still being caught in good numbers on most of the five beaches. As usual the run-in tide seems to be the best time to try your luck.

When I last made contact with Karen Starret, who runs the local caravan park, the area had just gone through a horrific patch of weather. We were back to the depths of winter but Karen says that prior to this there had been very good numbers of whiting making up impressive bags.

There have also been quite good numbers of snapper, gummy sharks as well as flathead to name a few. Karen says that with the season just starting there is plenty of time, and there will certainly be a big improvement.

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