Shark shake down
  |  First Published: June 2014

There have currently been reports of mako sharks caught in fairly good numbers out wide from Welshpool.

The best method was to have a fairly solid bait under a floating balloon and drifting until there was an enquiry. There can be a fair wait and many boaters like to have a smaller temptation thrown out hoping for smaller prey such as flathead, salmon or whatever might come along.

There have been quite good numbers of salmon making an appearance with surface lures and a variety of natural baits doing the job.

George Davidson and a mate decided to give everything a chance so they put out a whole large salmon each under a balloon then some smaller baits out and waited. They endured about an hour of nothing when suddenly there was a run on the big presentation and the excitement was on! However, after a couple of minutes the big fish, or whatever it was, just broke free and that was the end of those proceedings. A few minutes later the smaller rod took off and was completely out of control – there was no stopping it! Eventually, there was no line left and it was snapped off with ridiculous ease.

The crew decided to stay put and over the next few hours they bagged quite a few very good size salmon on surface lures and some very nice flathead on fresh salmon fillets, which made up in some small way for missing the big fish earlier.

Even though it has not been a great season in this immediate area as far as whiting are concerned there are reasonable numbers to be had by those who are in the know. A visitor to the area would no doubt notice a concentration of boats at anchor or tied up to the structure known as the old jetty. This is where the Lewis Channel flows and the whiting have been to the 38cm mark. There have also been a mixture of silvers, flathead and mullet caught on a variety of baits that include Bass yabbies, sand worms, squid and silver fish.

The Franklin Channel has been the favourite spot as far as the 6kg snapper are concerned along with good size flathead.

Gummies are taking baits that include squid, fresh fish fillets and pilchards. Information from the boat storage is that there have been many bite offs; most likely the work of large toothies. One boat reported that after a long battle with one a very large white pointer shark came alongside completely unexpected and wondering what a big hook was doing in its mouth. The line was quickly cut and things returned to normal after the brief encounter by both fishermen and fish.

The jetties at Port Welshpool have been reasonable as far as land-based anglers are concerned. The best results have been on the run-in tide on the eastern end of the structure. This is where there are good numbers of flathead, mullet and silvers. The fish should stick around but be careful when the wind gets up as equipment can quickly be picked up and land up in the water, never to be seen again.

On the other side of the inlet at Yanakie, Lachie Roberts who has the local caravan park says there have been good numbers of quality whiting being taken in the Bennison Channel and around Doughboy Channel.

There have also been quite reasonable numbers of whiting being caught in the same area by boaters on both sides of low water. Even though the water is cooling down, land-based anglers are doing fairly well off the beach where flathead and salmon are in good numbers, along with gummies. The torpedo fish have been to the 2kg mark and being caught on whitebait and squid.

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