Inverloch is really firing outside the entrance in around 50m of water where good numbers of mako sharks to 100kg have been caught on baits suspended under balloons.
Berley trails have been a must for these big fellows. Mixed in with them have been quite a few blue sharks but they tend to take a back seat to the ‘blue dynamites’ as the makos are commonly known down this way.
There have been plenty of gummies showing up as well, taking pilchards, squid and fish fillets.
Couta to 1m have made an appearance and visiting angler Terry Hanlon found them to be a nuisance as he was out chasing bigger fish. He finally cut one up and put some on a hook, ending up with a 12.5kg gummy. Some consolation prize!
Inside the entrance there have been good whiting to 38cm along with silvers to 32cm. Both species have been taking bass yabbies and pipis. Colin Tyrus from Narree Warren was very happy when he landed the biggest whiting he’s ever seen. It dragged the tape out to 46cm and was caught on whitebait at dead low water from the shore.
The warmer weather has brought with it a great variety of fish including pinkies, which have been around in very good numbers throughout the inlet from the entrance to Nolans Bluff. They seem to be favouring pilchards and sauries, and have been taken on both tides.
Mahers Landing has been very productive with gummies taken mainly on the run-in tide. If this coincides with evening then it’s even better. Paul Cummings and wife Maxine decided to do something a bit different recently and launched a kayak from the landing. It proved to be a good idea because they returned with a nice bag of whiting around the 600g mark, taken on bass yabbies.
Wonthaggi angler Wally Leijen decided to try his luck in the Venus Bay area after reading some positive reports. He caught some very nice salmon with one in excess of 2kg. It ended up on the table with some lemon and white wine. Needless to say that Wally was back on the water in the days that followed seeking a repeat performance.
Tony Hiam from Melbourne is a regular visitor to the Inverloch area and spent quite a bit of time fishing with soft plastics around Inverloch during a recent holiday break. He and mate John encountered schools of salmon outside the entrance, as well as pinkies further out in 50ft. Estuary perch from the Tarwin River were also taken, mostly on 4” Berkley Bass minnows in watermelon. The lads also mentioned that there has been some good whiting taken out in front of the Kiosk, off the rocks.Reads: 1113