Say hello to salmon
  |  First Published: May 2007

The cooler water has seen an influx of salmon, which traditionally turn up around this time year in big numbers. Anderson Inlet has produced fish to 2kg and these have been followed by silvers and to a lesser extent seven-gill sharks. Although seven-gills can grow to more than 3m, the smaller ones are considered best on the table.

Anglers have been battling it out around the Bathing Boxes and Pensioners Corner a short distance inside the entrance, with the successful ones taking salmon, silvers and flathead along with a few royals on the run-in tide.

The deepest water in the inlet is at the snags where whiting, perch and luderick have been taken on Bass yabbies and whitebait. The best results are to be had when the water is not running too quickly.

Keen Cape Paterson angler George Griffiths spends a lot of time fishing the inlet and recently rang to tell me how he hooked into and landed a 72cm flathead on whitebait on the run-in tide. George didn’t manage to trouble the weigh master any further but wasn’t complaining.

For some time now the better fishing has been around Maher’s Landing where whiting have been up to the 45cm mark. This is exceptional for this area, as they usually don’t come much better than 36cm. Even at this size though, they are well worth chasing.

Wonthaggi angler Steve Brann and young enthusiast Joel have also been doing very well fishing from the shore near the boat ramp. They have taken whiting, silvers and salmon in good numbers using Bass yabbies and white bait.

Further up the inlet around the area known as The Islands, anglers in kayaks have taken perch to 38cm on soft plastic lures. This method may not be traditional but is a great way to get to where the fish are hanging out.

The Tarwin River, which runs into the top of the inlet, is also productive with perch being taken in good numbers by Wonthaggi angler Graham Gray. He has a secret spot and says that Bass yabbies are by far the best bait, while soft plastic lures are also worth trying.

The surf at Venus Bay is still producing salmon to 2kg in good numbers. As usual the best time to wet a line is on the run-in tide, with whitebait doing the job. Surf poppers have also been productive. For even better results, I recommend trying the top half of a piece of whitebait on the popper.

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