Mixed bags keeping angler happy
  |  First Published: December 2014

What a great part of the world we live in, especially at this time of year when fishing is in full swing and amazing varieties of fish can be caught.

I have in earlier reports mentioned Amanda Kellar and partner Terry, who are Wonthaggi locals and have been enjoying targeting the reds. They have both managed PBs over 5kg in recent weeks with plenty of great pan-sized pinkies as well. The key for them has been their own freshly caught squid used on their own hand made rigs, and she says that it is such a buzz when it all comes together and your lines scream off into the distance. Then you get the telltale head shakes as you bring them in, fighting all the way. Amanda says that it has been great to share catches with family and friends trying out lots of different recipes. Now this is what fishing is all about, well done Amanda!

Outside Anderson Inlet, the fishing has been positive where there have been good numbers of gummies being bagged on pilchards, squid and fresh fish fillets such as salmon and silvers.

Quality size flathead are also in the mix along with pinkie snapper as seen by those caught by Amanda Kellar.

Last month, I received information from Tony Hogan, who is a regular visitor from Traralgon and has a spot not far off shore a short distance beyond the breakers. He says that his GPS marks seldom fails and on his last trip managed a very good bag of flathead that were up to the 1kg mark.

Land-based anglers are doing well inside the entrance. This is where there are good numbers of silvers, salmon, mullet and whiting that are making up very acceptable bags. The choice of baits doesn’t seem to matter, as bass yabbies seldom seem to fail but squid, white bait and small strips of pilchards also work well. If you are using frozen pilchards, then only thaw out what you need for the outing as they don’t freeze very well and become mushy if refrozen and won’t stay on the hook.

Further up the inlet towards Stevies Gutter, there have been good numbers of reasonable size whiting to the 34cm mark. Bass yabbies, pipis, sand worms and small strips of squid have been the standout baits. Around this area there are also untold amounts of mini flathead that are nothing more than bait thieves. They’re quick to pounce on baits and most are nowhere near the legal 27cm mark. Most reasonable-thinking anglers feel that they are not worthwhile keeping under 35cm anyway!

For those who know where to look, there are some very good size perch to be caught that will take a variety of soft plastic lures as well as natural baits such as bass yabbies, squid, and pipis with a sand worm teaser.

Not everyone has a boat, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t get out and catch a fish. The local estuaries have been going well and last month bream were being caught in very good numbers. Tahlia Sharples is a very keen fishing lady and recently won the Junior Female section of the monthly competition when she bagged a bream that weighed in at 610g. Sean Thompson also had a nice bag of bream with the best weighing 1.1kg to win the Senior Male section and President presented the weigh-master with an 890g bream, which won him the Veterans Section.

The Tarwin River is going along fairly well and the fishing platforms have been very popular, mainly with visiting land-based anglers. They make fishing that much easier for those without a boat and those of us who are not so mobile these days. I received a call from a visiting angler, George Young, who had a very good couple of days on one of the constructions and managed some nice size mullet, silvers and a couple of perch that were caught on bass yabbies. Further down towards the entrance, there have also been some very positive results and with water temperatures rising, things can only get better.

The 5 nearby beaches at Venus Bay have also been producing good numbers of salmon that have been to the 2kg mark as well as tommy ruff, gummy sharks and a few flathead. The best results have been on the run-in tide and if this coincides with before dusk or after sunset the results will be that much better as the fish will come in closer to shore under the cover of darkness.

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