Warm weather pushes into winter
  |  First Published: June 2016

Last month there were many positive reports of great fishing. No doubt this is due to the late run of continued warm weather and lack of wind, which makes for good returns.

Land-based anglers have been doing very well at the local jetty where there have been good bags of fish such as silvers, flathead, mullet, squid and whiting. The best time has been on the run-in tide with baits such as pipis, Bass yabbies, strips of pilchards and squid. The eastern of the structure seems to be the most productive for some reason and if conditions remain fine, there is no reason why the positive results won’t continue.

As has been the case for some time, the Lewis Channel has been the best area for whiting where they continue to be up to the 37cm mark, which is pleasing in anyone’s language. Andrew Sanders and a mate decided to see if they could catch a whiting in the Lewis Channel shortly before this report. They decided to try their luck on the last bit of the run-in tide, but failed to trouble the weigh-master. They persevered with the run-out tide and after about an hour’s wait they were into the royals. The action was fast and furious and they finished up with a very nice bag of quality fish that were all caught on pipis and squid. They then decided to try their luck in the Franklin Channel and managed two very reasonable size snapper that were around the 5kg mark and taken on squid.

There have been other similar reports in the area that have included quality gummy sharks being taken in good numbers.

Young Harry Howell loves going out fishing with his dad Steve. On their last trip just before this report they headed out on a fine day looking for whatever might come along. As it turned out, Harry hooked up and after a long battle, landed a very nice gummy shark. Of course, he also had bragging rights as far as his family and schoolmates were concerned. Well-done young Harry!

The entrance is also known as Singapore Deep where good-sized flathead are being caught along with snapper and flathead. The best time has been on the run out tide with pilchards and squid being the best of the baits.

Out wide around Cliffy Island, there continues to be kingfish making up for fairly good bags and mixed in with them are plenty of rats, snook and salmon.

A short distance from Port Welshpool is Port Albert. Rob Killury, who runs the local general store says that this is the best season he can remember, and this opinion, he says, is backed up by locals and regular visitors.

He says that the jetties have been getting a real workout where fish such as whiting, silvers, salmon, mullet and eels being caught in good numbers. The best time to try your luck in this area has been on the run-in tide. There have been quality silvers also being taken off the jetties on soft plastic lures and as we all know well they do put up a great fight.

Boaters have been catching good numbers of whiting just a short distance off the jetties, but have also been bagged virtually all the way to the entrance. I received a report from a boater, who with a mate decided to look for some flathead just a short distance from Robertsons Beach. As it turned out, they were in luck and soon were into their quarry and in short time had plenty for their needs. The boater said that the fish were all flathead and were up to the 500g mark.

McLoughlins Beach has also been productive at the time of this report, and there had been big whiting and flathead making up very impressive bags. The best of the baits have been pipis, Bass yabbies, and for flathead, a variety of soft plastic lures.

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