Good land-based options at Inverloch
  |  First Published: August 2007

At Inverloch the good winter fishing has continued, with the dominant species being salmon. Right throughout the inlet, these ‘torpedo fish’ are being caught by land-based anglers and boaties alike.

The beach fishermen seem to be having success on the run-out tide and they are taking home salmon and a good variety of other fish including mullet, flathead and whiting. Local angler Ron Atherton has a good spot at the Bathing Boxes where he has been taking whiting and mullet in good numbers.

David Walsh at Rod Bending’s World of Fishing says that there have been good numbers of whiting being bagged around Stevies Gutter, which is a bit further up the inlet. Bass yabbies and pipis have been the best of the presentations. In the same area, quite good numbers of salmon have been taking lures and baits, mainly on the run-in tide, but there are also plenty of those midget flathead that seem to be there all year round.

Just out from the A frame house mullet and salmon have been taken in good numbers on the run-in tide. The average size is not that big, but they are very good on the table.

I recently came across Richard Lehmann from Cape Woolamai who had heard the good fishing reports - but when I saw him he had failed to trouble the weigh master. Other anglers such as John Hamilton did well later on in the day on the run-out tide. It just goes to show that rules are made to broken because earlier reports indicated that the better fishing had been on the run-in water.

Successful anglers in this area have been casting well out into the channel where gummy sharks, silver trevally and flathead are taking whitebait, but no doubt other baits would also work well.

Further up the inlet near what is known as Double Island there have been estuary perch to 40cm caught. Kayakers have been enjoying themselves but in this area the water gets very shallow on the run-out tide and can be a bit of a trap. Both soft and hard-bodied lures will do the job here.

The Tarwin River, which runs into the top end of Anderson Inlet, has also been productive for perch, with best results being on a run-out tide that coincides with dawn or dusk. Both lures and baits of Bass yabbies or sandworm are successful. It seems that the best fishing has been above the highway bridge among the snags.

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