Anglers flock to Pensioners Corner
  |  First Published: September 2015

Although we were in the middle of freezing cold weather there were patches when the water had been calm and there had been some good results.

For instance there have been good results from outside the entrance at Inverloch where anglers have been doing well. Leongatha angler Jason Kitchener and a crew decided to try their luck outside the entrance on a cold but windless day looking for whatever might come along. They had a fairly quiet day but Jason did manage to hook into and land a very nice gummy shark about 1.5m long. There have been quite a few other similar reports in the area where there have been good numbers of flathead as well as reasonable size pinkies being bagged on a variety of presentations.

Locals who know where to look are also doing well outside the entrance where there are very good size whiting, silvers and garfish being bagged with the best of the baits being Bass yabbies.

Inside the entrance around Pensioners Corner there has been standing room only at times on the beach with the news that big schools of salmon to the 1.5kg have finally made an appearance. Mixed in with them have been quality silvers and a sprinkling of flathead.

Naturally the good news spread quickly and the numbers of fishers was made up of locals and visitors. The fish were taking just about any bait that was thrown into the water as well as a variety of lures, including soft plastics.

Everyone was having a great time when I came across them one Sunday afternoon at low tide. People were catching fish until along came a local boat, well known to many of the fishers. Quite a few who knew the boat were disgusted and said that the boat just motored through a large school of nearby salmon as well as breaking off four lines of the land-based anglers. Of course, this frayed temperatures and they were still angry when I arrived on the scene a short time afterwards. To say they were really upset by the boater’s behaviour would be an understatement.

There has been very good fishing on the jetty with salmon being the main catch. I visited the area on the same day and the fishing was fast and furious with very good size salmon being caught. I could also see that there were quite a few fish being broken off as they wrapped themselves around the pylons. I explained to some of the anglers that the idea is to use long rods as this way they will be able to keep the fish away from the wood work and safely land their catch.

Further up the inlet towards Mahers Landing there has been no shortage of boaters and land-based anglers trying their luck, but there has been a bit of a battle to land a fish. The main catch has been mullet, silvers and flathead with best results being on the last half of the run-in tide.

The Tarwin River has been going along very well from the rock bank up to well above the highway bridge. Bass yabbies have been the best of the natural baits along with clickers and small strips of pilchards. A variety of lures including soft plastics and hardbodied lures have also been doing the job.

Above the bridge there have been quality bream being caught to the 800g mark that have been caught on Bass yabbies. With any sort of luck, the good fishing should continue.

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