Welshpool whiting a winner
  |  First Published: May 2014

This popular spot is always a must try destination for boaters and land-based anglers and, even though there has been a fair bit of wind this season, the results have been reasonable.

Whiting are still being bagged in quite good numbers. The Lewis Channel is still producing very good fish to the 38cm mark. The run-out tide seems to be the best time according to reports to try your luck where boaters have been tying up to the long jetty.

Along with the royals, there are encouraging numbers of flathead, silvers and reasonable size gummies being caught on the usual baits. Bass yabbies are the standout favourites as far as whiting are concerned with even better results with a sand worm teaser.

The jetties have been going along quite well even though there have been windy patches of weather that make conditions uncomfortable. That dreaded east wind has been the main culprit, but when there has been a break the wait has been worthwhile. Good numbers of silvers, salmon, flathead and quality mullet are being caught on a variety of baits. The eastern end of the structure has been the most productive area on the last half of the run-in tide.

There have also been quite good numbers of squid and prawns making an appearance, for those who know where to look.

Outside the entrance there have been quite good numbers of flathead, salmon and quality snapper. Out wider makos have been caught to the 200kg mark where best results have been with a variety of baits being presented under balloons on the drift.

I received a report that could have had disastrous consequences for the crew of a small tinny. This came from one of its mates as the crew itself was still too shaken by the experience and didn’t really want to have everyone know what happened. It seems that the crew decided to head out one day when the sea was flat calm and not a breath of wind. They were looking for a mako and threw out a whole salmon under a balloon and waited. They were at anchor, another mistake, and just drifted for quite some time. Suddenly the wait was over when something big suddenly took the bait and the excitement quickly turned into fear as they realised that this was a very big fish, too big and in fact much longer then the small boat that was still at anchor. Suddenly the line went slack and there was nothing, then out of nowhere the huge mako appeared along side the boat and nudged the side, which caused further panic. After further circles of the boat and a few more contact with open mouth, the big fish must have lost interest and disappeared. The crew decided to call it a day and there was no more fishing.

At the time of compiling this report Port Albert had just had, and is still experiencing, a great fishing season.

Not for some time have there been such a great time as far as the whiting have been concerned. The royals have been to the 45cm mark and in very good numbers inside the entrance where locals and visitors have been making the most of a very good thing.

I have received calls from many boaters who have had a ball inside the entrance with many being directed by locals who don’t mind sharing the fishing sports. Rob Killury has the Port Albert General store and is one of those keen anglers who knows where to look for a fish. He has been directing visiting boaters to just a few hundred metres out from the jetty where there seems to be a never-ending supply of quality whiting that are taking a variety of baits, including Bass yabbies, squid, pipis and small strips of pilchards.

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