Shark on the Mind
  |  First Published: December 2006

It doesn’t get much better than this! Snapper, gummies, flathead, makos, threshers and bronze whaler sharks have all made an appearance around Port Albert, and will continue to entertain anglers throughout the month.

The snapper season has been fantastic so far, and although we may see a decline in the number of bigger fish, pinkies to 3kg will be abundant. The offshore reefs out of Port Albert have been fishing well, with the reef system off Manns Beach down to McLaughlins holding plenty of fish including snapper. Use whole pilchard or Californian squid fished on a running rig for best results.

Gummy sharks have been about in numbers, and most anglers have taken a bag quite comfortably. Whale Bay and surrounding waters seems to be the hotspot, with silver trevally and cured eel accounting for most of the hook ups.

On a resent trip to Whale Bay, Tony Wickham landed a nice bag of gummies and his wife Joanne hooked a seven-gill shark to 21kg.

Mako sharks are also out and about. Tim Stockdale landed himself a 222kg mako and a new Victorian record when he fished out beyond Cliffy Island.

There’s been flathead of quality and quantity throughout the month. Cliffy Island and the surrounding waters are the best locations to fish with fresh baits accounting for most bites. The Silstar Jig’M’Rig has also enticed flatties recently; use either the single tail or squid pattern and you should find yourself with a decent bag.

Inshore waters are fishing extremely well, with the entrance area of Port Albert producing excellent fish. Brian Spiteri of Traralgon ended a great session with 5 pinkies and 2 gummies on a nice balmy evening using pillies and squid. Graeme Eddy of Devon North also had a good session, taking plenty of flathead inside on white and bluebait.

Mann’s Beach has fished well around the top of Boat Harbour with good numbers of quality flathead hooked on soft plastics and natural baits.

The whiting are starting to improve with good numbers being taken at Old Port and Nine Mile with Basket Beacon also producing bites on the evening flood tide. Bass yabbies and pipis have returned the best results.

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