Inlet inspires land-based fishos
  |  First Published: October 2007

Andersons Inlet is a great spot for family fishing for a range of bread and butter species, especially in spring. In particular, the area from the entrance to Pensioners Point and beyond has been producing good numbers of whiting, silver trevally, mullet and flathead.

Joan and Mick Sawyer are new residents in Inverloch, but they have been regular visitors and have their favourite fishing spots just inside the inlet. They have been catching reasonable numbers of salmon and whiting. The whiting haven’t been all that big, but Mick isn’t complaining as he and Joan reckon just being in the area is enough in itself. They won’t be moving again for anything!

Kelvin Stanbridge is a Wonthaggi angler who loves fishing the inlet. His favourite land-based spot is in the vicinity of the Bathing Boxes where he has been taking salmon, whiting and flathead. When he decides to go out in his boat, he always heads straight for the snags where he regularly manages to get into whiting around the 50cm mark. He reckons Bass yabbies are the best bait.

For the benefit of land-based fishers in this area, it is a good idea to avoid the dark coloured water if possible, as this indicates the presence of heavy weed. There have been many anglers who have discovered this by straying into the dark water and losing their rigs.

Mahers Landing has been very popular, particularly with land-based fishers who have been seen wading out of an evening to fish the run-in tide. There have been some unusually warm stints of weather where gummy sharks, trevally and flathead have been taken in fairly good numbers on baits of pilchards, squid and whitebait.

The Tarwin River has been reasonable, but regardless of the fishing situation Alan and Marianne Potter from Melbourne think the fishing platforms that have been installed for their convenience are great.

Out from the entrance the fishing has been a bit slow, but Wonthaggi angler Peter Clarke and mate Jules Tiziani have been managing some very nice whiting to 600g. Again, the best bait has been Bass yabbies. The whiting have also been taking silver trevally to 700g. There have been reasonable numbers of garfish taken on pipis under a float close to shore, and when they make an appearance quality is assured.

Salmon have been showing up in good numbers from time to time and have been taken on various shiny lures. The occasional gummy has been taking pilchards, too.

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