Get sorted for summer fishing
  |  First Published: February 2016

Outside the entrance at Anderson Inlet there have been quite a few positive reports of good size gummies. Visiting regular Tony Richardson managed a very impressive bag of snapper that were to the 4kg mark as well as two good size gummies. All were caught on squid and in around 7m of water – to cap off a good day they managed five very good size tiger flathead as well. There have been reports of kingfish caught, which is encouraging but there have not been many details.

The entrance is one of those places that is well marked but constantly changes and can be a trap for the inexperienced boaters. There is an area near the entrance, which is known as Sheep Rocks, which can pose problems, especially for those who don’t know the area well. If you must attempt to cross the entrance, seek local knowledge first and always remember that the best bag of fish is not worth putting anyone’s safety at risk.

Clive James is a visiting angler from Melbourne and decided on a recent trip to try his luck at a place called ‘The Snags.’ He arrived at slack water on the high tide with some Bass yabbies (his favourite baits) and it wasn’t long before he had bagged three very nice whiting that were all around the 40cm mark. Although Clive didn’t bag any, there have been quite a few of the resident perch along with quality flathead that took a variety of baits. This area is also popular with land-based anglers who can drive to the area and park their cars, then walk the rest of the way. The water is deep and goes down to around the 9m mark but the fishing can make the inconvenience well worthwhile.

Mahers Landing is a place that is always worth a visit, whether you are a boater or a land-based angler. Boaters are presented with a shallow grade boat ramp constructed of square concrete blocks. There is a cutting off to the right hand side which makes it a bit easier to launch and retrieve at high water. There is not much joy either launching or retrieving at low water where vehicles have to drive partly into the salt water and we all know what that does to the body work.

Having said all that, there have been good results as far as boaters are concerned. Around Stevies Gutter there have been pleasing numbers of perch, salmon and whiting caught on baits such as pipis, Bass yabbies, squid and sand worms. Whiting are also in reasonable numbers just outside the mouth of Stevies Gutter, but there are also plenty of those nuisance mini flathead.

The area known as the ‘A’ frame is also well worth a visit and mullet, flathead, and salmon are in quite reasonable numbers on the run-in tide.

Land-based anglers have had reasonable success fishing off both sides of the boat ramp. The best times have been on the run-in tide and mullet, flathead and salmon have made up quite reasonable bags. There have been gummy sharks caught on the run-in tide and the results have been best when that tide coincides with darkness, as this is when the fish move in closer, taking advantage of natural protection.

A short distance away is Shallow Inlet where the local Caravan Park is run by Karen and Rob Starrett. They have reported great whiting bagged in their traditional numbers to the 50cm mark. The name ‘Shallow Inlet’ is a bit of a misnomer as it is fairly deep with water close to the 12m mark in places.

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