Royal welcome for King George whiting
  |  First Published: February 2016

There has recently been plenty of activity in this part of the world, with boaters and land-based anglers coming from near and far with great tales of success.

I have received numerous calls from boaters including Rob Cartledge who have been doing very well on the snapper. Rob says that the Franklin Channel has been worth a visit and if the early signs are any indication, this season is set to be great. He says that he usually targets snapper, which have been up to the 10kg mark taken mainly on squid. The most productive time has been on the last two hours of the run-in tide and first couple of the run-out flow. He also says that Doughboy Channel is definitely worth a look as anglers have caught some very good quality snapper there.

Of course the Lewis Channel is always worth a try, and is a favourite spot as far as the whiting are concerned. They don’t seem to get much better than the 37cm mark, but there is always the exception when a 40cm whopper will make an appearance. The best time seems to be on the run-out tide. Mixed in with the royals are flathead, silvers, mullet and plenty of squid.

The Lewis Channel flows past the long jetty, which as we all know was damaged by fire. For many years we have heard stories of plans for a rebuild – but that is all we hear. Wise old heads reckon it will fall down before this wonderful old structure receives the attention it deserves. Quite a few boats do tie up to the pylons so at least the jetty is getting some use.

The entrance is always worth a visit and snapper to the 8kg mark and better have been bagged along with gummies and quality flathead that are most productive on the run-out tide. This is the deepest part of Corner Inlet where the water goes down to the 40m mark. This area can become dangerous very suddenly if there is a strong wind blowing the boat against the tide. If you happen to be in this area keep a look out for any wind change.

Outside the entrance near Cliffy Island there have been reports of kingfish caught, but so far they are not all that big. There have been reports of salmon caught on surface lures around Cliffy Island. When they are hungry they will take anything that is dangled in front of them, and are great sport when hooked up. The smaller fish are best on the plate as the bigger ones tend to be a bit on the bland side but do make good shark bait.

According to Rob and Ulla who run the general store, the jetties have been producing quite well. The fishing has been great, with boaters succeeding inside and outside the entrance. Rob says that there have been bronze whalers and hammer head sharks being bagged out wide in the deeper water. There have also been reports of white pointers sighted, which are totally protected.

Inside the entrance there have been very good size whiting caught by boaters, as well as landing a variety of other fish including mullet, flathead, silvers and calamari. The signs are certainly looking good according to Rob and should continue for some time yet.

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