Whale Bay Goes Bronze
  |  First Published: March 2006

What a month it has been on the shark front for Port Albert! Gummies, bronze whalers and makos have all been caught at Port Albert’s back door. Whale Bay has been firing the best it has for the last 10 years.

There have been many reports of bronze whaler catches with some lucky anglers even landing specimens to 140kg. The most common catches have been between 70 and 130kg.

Cory Kee of Yarram had a great all night fishing adventure with some mates and bagged a fantastic 140kg bronzie. Natalie Whelan caught her first shark, a 39kg bronzie, after a two hour session and then followed it up with another 20kg one a few days later. The Ward Boys have also been doing well with a couple of good-sized bronzies each.

To catch bronzies use whole, small tuna with the heads removed and float them around 1m off the bottom under a balloon. A good solid berley trail helps; I always have a bottle of fish oil dripping out the back of the boat.

The snapper have been very quiet offshore with no big catches reported; hopefully there will be another run around Easter.

There have been some very good catches of flathead out wide around the Cliffy Island group. Give the local kingfish population a try if you’re out near the Islands because I’ve heard a few reports of nice fish being taken.

Inside, the fishing has been quite good for both boat and land-based anglers.

Die-hard anglers fishing from Rutters Jetty, in front of the caravan park, have been rewarded with flathead to 50cm, silver trevally, mullet and the occasional whiting.

Old Port, The Wreck and Basket Beacon have been the hot spots for a feed of whiting. Simon Buuman from Moe caught a great 880g whiting at Old Port.

Flathead have been around in good numbers with soft plastics finding lots of fish. The grass beds around the channel leading up to Kearney Entrance have been producing good numbers of rock flathead.

Check the new boating regulations and make sure you all have your life jackets and fire extinguishers as the Water Police are out and about.

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