Rain beautiful rain
  |  First Published: July 2007

The rains are here and the temperature has plummeted. Football season is in full swing so it must be well and truly winter. Fishos need not despair though – there are still some good fish out there.

For starters there has been a hot run of salmon around so it’s a good time to get the light spin tackle and fly gear out and have a crack at these cold water speedsters. The hottest bites have been at Manns Beach entrance, Port Albert entrance and the beaches from Port Albert to McLoughlins Beach. Local fisherman Craig has been catching good numbers of salmon to 1.5kg.

The Port Albert Light Game and Sports Fishing Club had a garfish competition with good numbers of fish being weighed in. The general size of the gars was good with most gars weighing 150–250g. These are a perfect size for those that enjoy a feed of gars. Robinsons Beach is a good place to fish for them. Try fishing the edges of weed bed on the run-out tide.

July is also a good time to start gathering your bait for next shark season. A day spent chasing silver trevally is good fun and will help the bait stocks for when the spring run of gummy sharks starts. The best places have been down at the Old Port or up Nine Mile Creek, with squid and bluebait accounting for most fish. Silvers respond very well to a light berley trail of fish pellets run out into the deeper holes in these areas.

Whale Bay has been red hot with large flathead being taken in good numbers. Jason of Valley Ford bagged out recently with fish up to 55cm. The best bait is squid and bluebait.

Finally, the seven-gilled sharks are about and should increase in numbers as the water temperature drops further. The odd one is being caught out in Whale Bay.

So don’t sit in front of the fire get out there and have a go – the fish are waiting for you.

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