Indian summer brings the goods
  |  First Published: June 2016

With the Indian summer last month, the good fishing and reports continue.

The weather was mainly fine over the last month and as a result there were many positive reports. According to quite a few boaters, the water temperature is still quite high for this time of year and while this continues, there is every chance of the summer species sticking around for a while longer.

Amanda Kellar and Terry Hendrikx have been doing very well off Kilcunda and recently they caught some very nice gummy sharks that were around the 16kg mark as well as a very good size red mullet. These fish are not caught in big numbers, but are so good on the table they seldom go back.

Mahers Landing has been very popular as far as boaters were concerned. Most were visitors and I came across some boaters that had just returned from a day out. Skipper Jamie Brooksby said that his crew, Jamie and Dion, did reasonably well and caught a presentable bag of silvers, whiting and flathead, but he also said that they would have done better if they had not missed the tide. They are from Drouin, and will no doubt be back again to do it all again at the first opportunity.

There were quite a few other boats returning and most had a similar tale to tell. The last boat to come in was a small tinny that appeared to have very little free board. This no doubt would have been because of the weight of the two large men. There didn’t appear to be any safety gear in the boat and fortunately there was very little wind to make things awkward. Had there been a sudden change for worse conditions we could have had another causality on our hands, one that could have been avoided!

Tarwin River

I received a call from a visiting angler who decided to try his luck on the run-out tide. He had no troubles getting into the water off the ramp and managed a mixed bag of perch, silvers and a few good size mullet. When he returned at dead low water, he had a real challenge retrieving his boat through that awful black mud. He did learn something, and that was not to launch or retrieve in low water off Tarwin.

The area known as the rock wall, near the mouth has also been productive with silvers, mullet and for those who like them, eels. They are reasonable on the table but that also make very good bait for sharks, which are attracted by their high oil content.

Shallow Inlet

Information from Karen Starrett who runs the local caravan park is that the water temperature is still on the warm side and very good size whiting are being caught in pleasing numbers to the 45cm mark. This puts them in the thumper bracket.

Quality flathead are also being bagged along with mullet, silvers and salmon. For the benefit of visitors or those not familiar with the area, there is no constructed boat ramp where watercraft can be launched or retrieved, but there is a soft patch, which of course must be avoided. If you’re not sure, then good advice can be obtained from Karen or Andrew at the caravan park who also have a good variety of baits for sale.

Outside the entrance at Waratah Bay, there have been very good numbers of big whiting and kingfish being caught. A regular visitor, Ian Harvey, can often be found out on the water and recently he decided to try his luck. He said that he was fishing in no more than 3m of water looking for a whiting, but wasn’t doing all that good and put it down to the muddy colour of the water. Suddenly there was an enquiry, and the battle was on in earnest. After a long battle he landed his first kingfish that stretched the tape way out to 90cm! He said that it just goes to show that we can expect the unexpected with fishing, and this was just another example.

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