Pinkies Prevalent
  |  First Published: February 2006

The banning of commercial fishing has led to a dramatic increase in the fishing at Shallow Inlet.

Greg Buckland reports that the fishing has really fired up with pinkies to 2kg falling for pilchards, squid and sauries. Steve Vuillermin landed six pinkies around 36cm on pilchards off the beach. Gummies to 1.5m were caught on squid and pilchards.

George Fellows from Carrum regularly fishes Shallow Inlet and believes that it’s a spot that is hard to beat. He fished the entrance on his last trip and bagged a few flathead before moving further up the inlet where he landed 13 whiting, four more flathead and a couple of salmon to top off a great trip.

Jeff Renton from Leongatha is a regular who stays on the Yanakie side of the inlet. On a recent trip he managed some nice whiting to 37cm, consistent with other catches in this area.

The water temperature was on the rise when Peter Claudisa fished the area for the first time. He anchored at the entrance and had a good hit on a pilchard after 20 minutes. He brought a good size salmon to the surface before it was scoffed by something much bigger, which disappeared with a very impressive swirl and splash.

Venus Bay was still producing salmon to 400g through out the day on whitebait just before the New Year. In January the better fishing was after dark when terrific flathead and gummies were around in good numbers. Aaron Bray visited the surf recently and managed to bag two gummies to 1.5m and three flathead on whitebait and squid. The best flathead weighed in at 1.2kg.

Anderson Inlet become home to a school of pinkies to 45cm over the warmer months, which have moved from the entrance to Maher’s Landing. Pilchards and squid seem to be the best baits.

Outside the entrance, near Flat Rocks, there have been whiting to 40cm along with good garfish and silvers.

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