Keep your eyes on the tide!
  |  First Published: May 2016

As we all know, Anderson Inlet can be a pretty tricky stretch of water with the constantly moving sand bars. Take for instance when a couple of boaters decided to try their luck on what appears to have been the run-out tide at an undisclosed location…

As usual, the sand bars quickly appeared and in no time the boaters were left high and dry – all they could do was wait until the incoming tide refloated their boat. One of the crew decided to take a movie shot of the predicament and the skipper decided it would be a good time to have an unscheduled lunch, sitting outside the boat and making the best of an unplanned stop. There was no damage, apart from red faces, but a good lesson was learnt. It is not known if they caught any fish but they did learn something and from now on they wouldn’t take their eyes off the run-off tide!

Murray MacDonald who runs the Foster tackle shop says that on the top end of the inlet there been schools of snapper to 5lb caught and they have also been seen jumping out of the shallow water. One crew also bagged four good-sized gummies that were caught up near the Double Islands.

Amanda Kellar gets out to try her luck whenever the opportunity arises. Recently she wet a line inside the entrance near Screw Creek. She said that she managed plenty of smaller flathead, which she returned to the water. She did however manage some very nice size frogs that were great for the table and she was happy!

At a recent Wonthaggi Angling Club competition, well-known identity Trevor Bowler showed the way and weighed in a very nice whiting that was caught at a secret location on a Bass yabby presentation. It seems that Trevor only caught one fish for the day, but it was heavy enough to win him the senior male section of the competition.

Whiting have been caught from the entrance up as far as Stevies Gutter. The better quality fish were closer to the entrance, as is usually the case, and were bagged on the usual baits such as Bass yabbies, pipis, and squid. There have also been other species such as couta, mullet, silvers, and salmon caught when conditions have allowed.

Land-based anglers have also done well at Stevies Gutter. There is a drive around Anderson Inlet to the boundary of Point Smyth Reserve and then a fair walk to where you can start to fish. The idea is to arrive at low water on both sides of the tide where there have been good numbers of flathead, whiting and perch that will take baits such as pipis, squid, and Bass yabbies. Perch can also be caught on a variety of soft plastic lures.

Up as far as Mahers Landing, whiting seem to make up most bags. They are being caught mainly on baits such as Bass yabbies, pipis and squid. There have been other fish such as mullet, silvers and flathead filling up reasonable bags. The run-in tide seems to be the most productive time, but we all know how fish can change the rules.

Just prior to reports I always like to have a chat to Karen Starrett, who runs the caravan park with husband Rob at nearby Shallow Inlet. She reports that the whiting have been biting very well. Every time I make an enquiry in this part of the world there always seems to be positive reports. As well as whiting there have also been good numbers of flathead, silvers and gummy sharks.

For the benefit of boaters, we all know how that dreaded east wind can be a real turn off, for some reason it doesn’t seem to have that effect at Shallow Inlet. Of course if there is a howler, then all bets are off.

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