Whalers and Gummies Galore
  |  First Published: February 2006

What a month it’s been! With hot days and little wind, fishermen have been giving Port Albert a good working over with most anglers getting good feeds of fish.

Those who have headed offshore have experienced a very good month with snapper, flathead and sharks on the menu.

The snapper, although patchy, have been caught out of Manns in around 21m of water. Pilchards and calamari have been the baits of choice.

Bruno, a long time regular to the area, got onto some very nice snapper offshore of Port Albert over several days with fish reaching 12lb.

Jarrod Swift of Yarram has been fishing inside for snapper. His best effort was 18 pinkies in an afternoon trip to the Blue Hole. Pillies and squid were the best bait on the day.

The flathead have been quite thick, both inside and offshore. Tony Wickham of Yarram has been getting excellent feeds of big flathead off the local beaches. Andrew Ward has been giving the estuary at Port Albert some attention, producing some very good results using Storm soft plastics near the weedbeds.

The shark fishing at Port Albert is the best it’s been for a few years now with most boats venturing offshore returning with catches of gummy sharks to 14kg and bronze whalers to 50kg, with Whale Bay contributing significantly to anglers’ bags. The baits of choice have been silver trevally, slimy mackerel and garfish.

The slimy mackerel and garfish are used whole, either on the bottom for gummies or floated under a balloon for bronze whalers. The best way to use silver trevally is to cut them into cutlets and fish them on a running rig.

Glen of Glengarry, after purchasing a New Tica rod and reel for Christmas, went out and bagged himself a nice 5ft bronze whaler recently.

The whiting have been a little slow, but when they show themselves people have been getting quality fish. Simon Buuman of Moe took his daughter out for her first fish, not expecting too much, and was very pleased they started catching good whiting.

Enjoy your time on the water and make sure your fishing licences are current.

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