For all you mad keen shark fishermen, sharks are about in good numbers at present and March is the best time to chase them. Good reports are coming in of sharks in the 20-50kg range caught at the 60m line offshore from both entrances. There are also a few big mummies of over 200kg out there.
If you do hook into one of these blue dynamite bullets make sure it has gone to heaven before you bring it into your boat. If you don’t, the inside of your boat will be very quickly redecorated by a smashing tail one end and chomping teeth the other, turning everything into confetti.
The most productive surf beach has been Woolamai which has been giving up salmon to 1.5kg. Drifting kelp has been a problem at Kilcunda and Williamsons, but salmon to 1kg have been caught. It needs a spell of good calm weather for the weed to clear away, then fishing should improve.
Mullet and estuary perch are being caught between the highway bridge and the entrance on the last of the run off tide and the beginning of the run in. Best baits are bass yabbies and sandworms.
Below the bridge, whiting to 42cm are being caught along with mullet and pinkies and the odd big flathead to 4kg. There were also reports from the locals of a school of kingfish in the 4-6kg range causing mayhem on light gear.
Above the bridge, some big garfish have shown up in Dickies Bay and around Reef Island. Whiting are being caught in the same areas, although not in big numbers and they are just average size fish. There are also a lot of small snapper of 1-2kg about. The most productive area has been on the southern edge of the channel off Elizabeth Island. There is still the odd snapper to 6kg being caught in the deep water off Cowes.
All of the jetties have been popular with the holidaymakers and a variety of fish have been caught. The patient anglers are the ones who are getting a feed.
This area should be firing up with big whiting at this time of year but is fishing poorly. Catches of 2 to 3 fish are the norm. It is the worst whiting fishing season in this area that I can remember. Let’s hope that it picks up in March.Reads: 458