Hoping for consistent warmer weather
  |  First Published: October 2016

There is some good fishing to be had this month. There are reasonable trevally around at the moment, taking bluebait and whitebait. These fish are averaging around 35-45cm, and can be found between the jetty and Pensioners Point on the edges of the weed beds.

Schools of salmon have been a little bit elusive, but when they’re on they’re on in good numbers. They have been taking bluebait and whitebait patterned metal lures, such as 25g and 40g River2Sea Searocks, and 35g Lazer Lures. The salmon are moving around with the baitfish schools, so it’s hard to know where they’ll be next. Anglers have been getting some while fishing shore-based off Pensioners Point, and also out the front of the angling club down towards Screw Creek.

We’re starting to see a few signs of whiting but we probably need to see some consistent warmer weather for them to come into the inlet. Some good specimens have been caught by anglers fishing off Flat Rock with pipis and Bass yabbies.

Anglers have been picking up some good estuary perch in the Tarwin River on the run-out tide. If you want to give yourself the best chance you should use live Bass yabbies, but if you prefer flicking lures you can also do well with any grub-shaped soft plastic around 2.5” or 3.5” long in bloodworm colour. The fish have been coming from around the pylons of the bridge and down towards the rock wall between the bridge and the mouth of the Tarwin.

The Venus Bay surf beaches have been yielding good salmon to 1.5kg on the last two hours of the incoming tide. These hard-fighting fish have been caught on a variety of methods including surf poppers, bluebait and pilchards.

Around the new moon there has been good gummy shark activity. The fish are around 3.5-4ft long, and the number one bait would have to be fresh trevally.


With the new moon falling on October 1, the first week of October will be a good time to target gummy sharks. As we get the more consistent overnight temperatures, we should start to see the whiting moving into the inlet as well – and late October will be the start of our run of snapper in the Andersons Inlet.

All in all, it’s a good month to be on the water.

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