They might be a bit later than usual but better late than never as far as the salmon are concerned.
Of course, we all know that they are with us all year but they school up in big numbers in the cooler weather. For instance, there have been consistent reports of the torpedo fish at the area known as Pensioners Corner. Naturally the news spread and in no time there were hopeful boaters and land-based anglers everywhere. Steve Pool and son Bailey don’t need much of an excuse to go fishing and have been doing well on the salmon that have been to the 2kg mark and taking a variety of lures and natural baits. There can be a fair wait where things can be fairly quiet but suddenly at low tide the action can begin.
Experienced anglers will look for a distant approaching ripple on the surface and this is a sure sign that it is a school of salmon. As they draw near the action will begin and fish will be caught on just about anything they can fit into their hungry mouths. Steve and Bailey Poole have made numerous trips to the area and only keep what they want for immediate needs and throw the rest back.
As well as the salmon there are very good size silvers being bagged in the same area. Wonthaggi Angling Club members Robert Thompson and son Sean decided to try their luck on a competition day and Robert won the monthly competition with a very nice torpedo fish that weighed in at a winning weight of 675g.
The jetty at Inverloch has also been very popular with land-based anglers and although there can be a fair wait between enquiries, but when the schools of salmon decide to make an appearance the action is fast and furious.
Outside the entrance, for boaters who are prepared to make the trek to the Venus Bay area there have been good numbers of quality flathead being caught. The fish have been caught on soft plastic lures as well as the usual natural baits such as white bait, pipis and strips of pilchards.
Still outside the entrance there have been quality whiting being bagged, but local knowledge is essential and those in the know like to keep the marks to themselves. As well as the whiting there are also good numbers of silvers and flathead to be caught
Land-based anglers have been happy with their returns with good numbers of salmon to the 2kg mark being caught, mainly on whitebait and the occasional fish falling to surf poppers.
The Tarwin River continues to produce good numbers of perch and above the highway bridge quality bream are being bagged to the 700g mark.
The fishing platforms have been very popular with land-based anglers as visitors and locals are happy with their results. Perch, mullet and silvers have been making up most bags. The best of the baits have been Bass yabbies, sand worms and gents with perch taking soft plastics close into the reeds.
Generally speaking, the best results have been on the run-out tide but as we all know, fish can change their eating habits without notice. The best thing to remember about the fish is that they won’t be caught at home.Reads: 500