We’re finally seeing a break in the weather, which has been miserably cold, wet and windy in recent weeks. It hasn’t been uncommon to experience four seasons in one day, and these conditions have kept many anglers indoors.
Those keen anglers who have braved the cold have been rewarded with good catches of silver trevally. Most have come from the shallow inlets, along with Australian salmon. The salmon can be caught up towards the entrance using either white occy skirts or Rapala Silver Wobblers. The trevally can be caught on a range of baits, from pipis through to squid.
Anglers are also picking up the odd King George whiting. They can be taken on both pipis and nippers, but if there are any pickers about they will strip a nipper very quickly.
Flathead are still about as well, with most being caught on pilchards.
November marks the start of good whiting fishing, as these tasty fish start moving in en masse. We’ll also see the snapper coming through, with the action in full swing. Pilchards are the number one bait, and the smaller pinkie snapper also love pipis.
For those anglers keen to tangle with gummy sharks, the best time is five days before and after the full moon on 15 November. The gummies will be in deep sections of the inlet here, and can be found from about 6-8m in depth from the entrance to halfway between the Sandy Point boat ramp and Leicester Road boat ramp. The best baits for the gummies are pilchards or strips of silver trevally.
As the year progresses, the warming water temperatures will increase the likelihood of the King George whiting moving in. We can expect the whiting action to improve greatly in the coming months.
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