Chasing a feed at Inverloch
  |  First Published: December 2014

The good fishing continues at Inverloch, which is great news and can be expected at this time of year as we move into the warmer months.

Judith Strachan is a very keen Inverloch angler and says that she and husband are keen to get their new boat out on the water at every opportunity so she can catch a snapper. She says that she does seem to be quite lucky when it comes to the fishing, explaining that she has even caught a 35cm flounder on a soft plastic in the Anderson Inlet from her Hobie! Not a bad effort, as flounder are rarely caught on soft plastics. She says that she dropped the fish once and then dangled the lure again under its nose and hooked up once again. This time the flounder was not so lucky and ended up on the table. Even her pet dog Odin was happy. She said that the staff at Rod Bending World of Fishing shop at Inverloch were highly amused!

Outside the entrance in the deeper water, there have been reports of very good size gummies being caught on pilchards, squid and fresh fish fillets.

There have also been quite a few snapper to the 5kg mark being bagged along with quality flathead that are making the effort worthwhile.

For those who know where to look there have been good bags of big whiting being taken with the best baits being bass yabbies, squid and pipis. Bass yabbies are pumped generally at low water on sand flats. The idea is to pump a hole 2-3 times and if there is no result, then move onto the next one. They are best kept cool in seawater, which should be changed on a regular basis. If the water turns a red colour then it should be changed as the yabbies are under stress and won’t last much longer.

Inside the entrance there has also been plenty to talk about quite reasonable size whiting being taken, mainly by boaters where they are up to the 37cm mark but no one is complaining about royals this size.

Good size mullet have also been caught in this vicinity along with silvers, salmon and flathead. Mullet are a much-maligned fish but the fact is that they are very acceptable on the table. There are a few provisos though, one being that they must be bled upon capture, which should apply to most fish. Another must is that that black stomach lining must be completely removed and this is best done by filleting the fish. Like most other fish, they shouldn’t be over cooked. All this done, they are a very acceptable meal, which is further enhanced by skinning the fillet.

The bigger whiting that are being caught have been in an area known as ‘the snags’, which is on the far side of the boat ramp. The best results have been when the water is running slow on both sides of the tide.

There have also been very good size perch and the idea is to get them in the boat quickly as possible. The reason is that they are dirty fighters and will head straight for the underwater furniture and if this happens your chances of landing them are slim.

Just last month we had a burst of very warm conditions with no wind and as a result there were boats and land-based fishers everywhere, which was great to see. The fish responded throughout the inlet.

Whiting are being caught on numerous presentations with the stand out being bass yabbies, pipis, small strips of squid and pilchard pieces.

Steve Poole is a very active angler and with son Bailey they can often be found out on the water chasing whatever might come along. Recently Steve managed to get into some very nice snapper and he bagged one that dragged the scales all the way down to the 7kg mark that took a squid bait. Bailey was also with him and he has been going very well and at times showing dad how it’s done. Later they got into a patch of very good size bream and although dad managed a few he was outshone by the youngster.

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